After researching more about the process of manufacturing enamel pins and having the confidence that I could manage the process of operating such a side project, I started tackling the content and design of the website. Above all else, I wanted The Good Pin Club to be as transparent as possible, providing users with full visibility into where their money was going and why. An example of where this manifests itself in the website is next to the payment total, where a user can toggle an info icon that reveals the production costs, credit card fees, and total that the nonprofit receives of their purchase.
I created my first prototype using sketch, HTML + CSS and gathered peer feedback to make design improvements. The benefit of this being my own side project is that there were few design constraints, and I could make bold design decisions in places that I normally couldn’t—for example, the animating polka dots in the background, the rotating logo as you scroll.
As the name suggests, I’ve always wanted The Good Pin Club to be an actual club—a monthly or bi-monthly subscription that sends you the next illustrator’s pin. On top of that, I’d prefer a sliding donation scale where you can donate a variable amount on top of your pin purchase. Because this is something I operate on the side, it’s very difficult to make time or budget for these bigger implementation pushes. However, I do plan on continuing to apply for grants to make this, and other exciting ideas, possible.