It isn’t always easy to strike a good work/life balance. Towards the end of a busy 2015 we realised we’d been missing out on local events. Manchester has plenty of meetups, workshops, exhibitions and gigs, and we hadn’t been making the most of our city.
Remove the Clutter
We need to be prompted to search out local events, a place to list them, and a plan to attend them. Initially, we thought about using an internal online chat to list local goings-on. This would have worked well enough as a listing for the Fieldwork team, but it probably wouldn’t have motivated us to regularly research and find out what’s on.
See+Do is a simple list of upcoming events. It’s a public website, so we’re motivated to keep the content fresh, which pushes us to pro-actively find interesting things that are happening around town. It doesn’t help us plan to attend events, but we might address that in a future iteration.
The design is stripped-back and simple, with a single purpose. We want See+Do to feel refreshing and easy to use when compared to the cluttered layouts of the event guides we encountered during our research.
Realising Small Ideas
We’re making a concerted effort to quickly and iteratively implement small ideas like See+Do. From concept to launch in just a few days, this is a work in progress and a little rough around the edges, but working in this way prevents the loss of momentum that causes so many self-initiated projects to die before they see the light of day.