Web Sites for Remodelers

November 1998


Web Sites for Remodelers

Point and click your way to a new look

If you plan to spruce up your store for spring, do some homework first. Retail designers say learning the latest design trends and gathering all the information you can about remodeling options will put you in the driver's seat.

Numerous Web sites can help by showing you what other retailers are doing and keeping you up-to-date on color schemes and construction materials. Surf over to some of these sites:

  • www.visualstore.com. One highlight is a weekly peek at newly redesigned retail interiors. On view recently was a themed gift store in Orlando, FL, called Aftermath, designed to look like it has just been hit by a tornado. More sedate examples provide a glimpse at trends and may inspire your creativity. The photos are accompanied by the names of the designers and suppliers involved in the projects. The site includes a list of heavily illustrated books about store design and visual merchandising – many of them published by S.T. Publications, the Cincinnati, OH, company that owns the site and publishes Visual Merchandising and Store Design magazine. There also are lists of contract visual merchandisers and store designers and a gallery of product photos from various suppliers.
  • If you're stumped about what type of signs to use, check out www.signweb.com (also operated by S.T. Publications). You'll see samples of eyecatching signs chosen by editors of Signs of the Times magazine, lists of sign vendors in your area and a message board where you can pose related questions.
  • www.floorspecs.com. The site features a directory of commercial flooring suppliers and products, accompanied by photos and descriptions. A question-answer forum lets you seek advice on such topics as the merits of carpet tiles vs. broadloom and the best type of carpet to use in heavy-traffic areas.
  • At www.retailreporting.com (by publishing company Retail Reporting Bureau, New York, NY) visitors can browse through a library of books and periodicals about store planning and design and visual merchandising. Among the books offered are Store Windows, Stores of the Year and Retail Image and Graphic Identity. Periodicals include Retail Ad World, a compendium of print advertising, direct mail pieces and catalogs from retailers thoughout the country. Store Planning & Design Review each month shows 60 photos of notable retail interiors. Jewelry Marketing Review, which comes out every two months, serves up a collection of jewelry ads, catalogs, promotions and other marketing efforts.




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