DayPlay is a personal project that helps people discover things to do in Oakland. It focuses more on families and dog owners but don't worry – there's hipster date options, too.

The Problem

New moms have enough to worry about and sometimes it’s hard to make a decision. Besides, who wants to be couped up in the house all day? Especially, when you live in a great city like Oakland with lots of history and hidden gems.

To help my wife deal with this dilemma, I needed a website.

The Solution

Wouldn’t it be great to have a website that could read your mind and make suggestions? Well, I tried to come up with the next best thing. Instead of forcing a user to navigate through directories, why not just ask them for some basic information? Some simple testing lead us to those core questions. Do you want to be outside or inside? Who will be with you? What kind of activity do you want to be doing? Using a Natural Language Form, I combined those questions into one sentence. We then pair the sentence up with the tags we’ve placed on each recommendation. Lastly, by incorporating the day's weather forecast into the design, we can help make the decision process a little bit easier.

Try it for yourself:

By incorporating the day's weather forecast into the design, the user's decision making process became a little bit easier.

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