2012 has been a huge year at Designer Pages. We’ve released new features and restructured content to better help you, design professionals, find the products needed for projects. What’s more - we launched Designer Pages Pro, web-based product management for design firms.
Before jumping into 2013, here’s a recap of the biggest changes and updates you should know about from 2012 …
1. New Category Structure
We restructured content, launching a new category scheme (previously CSI Masterformat) to make it easier for you to find products. This was based on lots of research + great feedback from you - so start searching!
2. Smart Search
The new category structure was the first step toward Smart Search, category-specific search across the brands you want - with advanced search options that help you search and navigate products! You can currently use Smart Search across these categories (with more coming in early 2013!):
Get to the page you want in one click! Start typing something in the search field and you’ll see the content that best fits your query. Select the result you want from the autocomplete menu and land directly on the product page, brand page, category page, project page* (*PRO only) or general product search page that you want! The icons to the left indicate the type of content, so you know where you’re going.
You can save the products, brands, and projects (more on that next!) you love, all in one place! These are yours and only yours, whether you’re a Basic User or a Pro User. You can get to them from your dropdown menu or your homepage (click the DesignerPages logo in the upper left).
4. Project Folders (PRO only)
At the core of Designer Pages Pro is the Project Folder. Project Folders are visible to your entire firm (but only your firm), helping everyone keep track of products being evaluated and specified. You can create Projects on the fly, rich with information such as location, budget, type, client, and more, OR you can request that Projects be auto-created for you (requires integration with your project start-up software).
All the info in Project Folders feeds back into product search & product/brand pages (in the form of Firm Filters and Firm Perspective modules) so you can harness your firm’s resources and make product search increasingly easier (and faster!).
Interested in subscribing your firm to Designer Pages Pro? Reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org. Got feedback? Email email@example.com.
5. Designer Pages Media
2012 brought the expansion of Designer Pages Media - a now integrated platform that includes product editorial on 3rings, A+D news from Otto, and the monthly IDNY event series - along with a newly launched Video site (more on that soon).
We have a lot planned for 2013, so stay tuned!
- Designer Pages Team