Friday, December 5th, 2008>p>
Mozilla is big on tinkering–making things your own. They recently released a marketplace for their community to upload its own shirt designs. But because they based it on the Ajax-heavy Zazzle platform, consumers can customize the shirts in a variety of ways. We thought this made for a good opportunity to take a closer look at Zazzle.
In the overview page showing different shirt designs, simply mousing over a shirt lets you zoom in on it in a smooth, easy motion.
Clicking into a shirt gives more Ajax goodness, like an alternate zooming interface showing the full-view and the detail simultaneously:
And finally, it has a shirt manipulation interface, though most of the design manipulation occurs on the server, it is sent back without a page reload, as we would expect:
Zazzle is built on the UIZE (pronounced “you-eyes”) Ajax framework which we covered briefly in 2006 and have yet to revisit. We’re not sure if UIZE is used by anyone but Zazzle, but it’s got a pretty nice website, docs, widgets, basic effects, an event system, and an inheritance system. We’ll have to give it a closer look!