Brew Creative Limited
BEBELLO - Online Marketplace for Handmade Products in Hong Kong
The founder of Hong Kong Handmade Community, Alex, approached us in August 2015. At that time, their members only sell through physical stores, and felt a lack of an online presence. So there's a demand for an online handmade marketplace platform to sell products and workshops.
On top of an extremely tight budget, the launch date was set for the Christmas sales. A tall order indeed!
Due to time constraints, we searched hard for existing online marketplace frameworks. Only a few exists; Mayocat came the closest, but it lacked documentation and popularity, and so we decided to build our own using Meteor.
For designs, Alex has already completed the branding and done a few professional photo shoots, so we had good materials to work with. We filled the page with imagery and minimized text, focusing on the products. To provide social proof, we used personal shots of the artists to portray our happy users.
We designed around 30 screens for 4 different breakpoints, totaling 120 screens.
We used two libraries to save us valuable time - Uploadcare and Braintree.
UploadCare provides a responsive interface that handles uploads, even integrating with services like Dropbox. They also provide a responsive slider and image conversion features without extra costs. With a generous free plan, good customer service, we would recommend you to try UploadCare for your next project!
Braintree, a subsidiary of PayPal, handles payments. It's easy-to-use API, simple fee structure and Drop-in UI made setting up the checkout process an ease.
It took us 3 months to design, develop, and deploy, which is an extremely quick turnaround. The target was December; we delivered by October.
We have since passed the project on to Bebello's internal team, and they've continued to received a lot of traction. Apart from a successful pop-up store opening in Sheung Wan, Bebello has been featured on Jumpstart, the 'Startup Magazine of Hong Kong'.
If you appreciate our work, please get in touch! We'd love to hear from you!