I was approached by Paul Armstrong, who had a clear idea of a web app he wanted to make. A pub finder, but not just locations of pubs in your area… a pub finder that allowed you to select exactly what you wanted from a pub/bar/restaurant/club. E.g. if you wanted a pub in Reading, that served real ales and had a dart board – you could find that exact thing.
It was also important to have the ability to search for directions to these pubs with a click of a button.
So I took the brief to my colleague at Adventure Internet, Martyn Doherty, and we got started on a plan. We quickly enlisted the help of our resident graphic designer, Ralph Solly, who bought his vast experience in illustration to the table.
Ralph helped on the design of the website and also designed all the graphics/icons and beer mats. This allowed Martyn and I to knuckle down and start building the search functionality which would be the backbone of the app. And when Martyn wasn’t helping out on the developing side, he was gathering the data to go on the site. This data was then merged with some of Paul’s existing data, and then imported through the custom admin panel we created. This import used a simple .CSV upload technique. The website was also built with a responsive layout, this made the mobile usage with out and about much more enjoyable.
After a month or so of back and forth with new ideas and amendements to the site, it was ready to go in to Beta mode. So here it is! Feel free to visit the site – Time at the bar, and if you would like to leave any feedback about this project please contact me.