New home page

If you visited the Makerhood website over the weekend, you may have noticed that we have a new-look home page! Many thanks to developer Andy Broomfield for all the work he’s put in on this over the past few weeks.

We had really good feedback on the look of our original site, so we didn’t want to change the feel drastically. But because we’ve got so many other activities going on, we wanted the home page to showcase more of what we do.

So we’ve got a greater range of goods on display, some of which will be chosen by guest curators as their favourites. At the moment we’ve highlighted items with a Christmas theme, but if you have any ideas for someone who lives or works in the area covered by Makerhood who would like to choose their favourite items on the site, let us know.

We’ve retained a featured stall and featured workshops, but we’ve also got more social features. So you can see the latest items on the blog as well as photos of some of the Makerhood community – our friendly Makerhoodies!

And of course you can still see the latest forum discussions, advertised workshops and goods for sale, as well as keep up with our activities on Twitter, Facebook and Flickr.

We hope you like the new home page – do let us have your feedback so we can continue to improve the site for everyone!


Help improve Makerhood – and win a £20 Cornercopia voucher!

The Makerhood website has been live for nearly three months now, and we’ve ironed out the technical bugs. Now we’re looking at the next phase – how to make it easier to find specific items or makers, how to streamline the checkout process, what new features to introduce.

Fill in our survey to help us improve the Makerhood website

You can help us by filling in this short survey. It’s only six questions, and shouldn’t take you longer than 10 minutes. And if you give us your email details, you’ll be entered in a draw to win a £20 Brixton CornerCopia voucher! (We promise not to pass your details on to any third party.)

So help Makerhood take the next step now, and fill in our survey.

Gathering thoughts

Our post-it note research meeting in Brixton Market

It’s been a busy month for Makerhood. Just a couple of days before the fabulous Xmas card making extravaganza that Kristina wrote about earlier this week we held a small workshop with potential sellers and buyers about the Makerhood website. The website will be the heart of Makerhood and we’re keen to make sure it reflects and fits with the local community. With this in mind we asked Aoife and Anne (our friendly usability professionals) to help us organise a meeting to gather thoughts on different aspects of the website. The three areas we were especially interested in finding out about were:

What do you understand by local?
What kinds of items do you imagine will be sold on Makerhood? How do you imagine they would be organised?
How would you like to buy/sell items on the website?

Being the creative girls that we are we didn’t want to put these questions directly to our participants so we came up with some drawing and post-it note activities to help us collect participants’ ideas in a more conversational way. The meeting was held in Cornercopia’s lovely new dining room heated by wood-burning stove so we could all sit round the long table, stick our notes on the window and talk happily together about south west London, online shopping and making.

For the first activity we created a communal map of our ‘local’ areas. These reached much further than I imagined they would – from Camberwell to Dulwich, down past Clapham to Balham and Tooting and up to Vauxhall and the river. Interestingly, people described their ‘local’ area in terms of people and places they knew – places they had lived, shops they used and familiar routes to work.

Thoughts about local

Next we asked our participants to write down all of the items they would like to see sold on Makerhood. Once again, my expectations were completely wrong (which just proves the value of doing research..) Alongside the craft and gift and homewares products I expected participants also told us that mostly they shop local for services such as bicycle maintenance, plumbing and classes. The main reason for this seemed to be that you don’t want to have to go too far to find these services because many of them centre around the home.

OK, people did mention some products..

Finally, before we moved to the Dogstar and drinks and chat, we asked participants to draw a timeline of how they imagined a sale would take place on Makerhood either from the point of view of a buyer or a seller. In this activity we were interested in what participants thought would encourage them to make a purchase or, alternatively, what would put them off doing so. People talked about the importance of ratings and reviews from both the buyer and the sellers perspective, for instance, sellers may have concerns about biased reviews while buyers are interested in a sellers reputation. We will definitely be thinking more about this as we develop the website.

Thanks to Zoe from SW Craft Club, Fiona from Oh Sew Brixton, Maya, Anne and Aoife for taking part.