For a while now people having been saying to me ‘I love the happy balls, but you’re a company with a technology focus, shouldn’t you have a digital version’. There was some debate in the office, people liked the physical act of picking up a ball and putting it in a bucket as they left the office, but there were a few issues, around privacy (you could see people voting) and physical effort, yes some of us are that lazy.
So after the amazing Raspberry Pi came out and with NixonMcInnes moving into swanky new offices, we decided to upgrade our balls to buttons. We gave a brief to Matt Edwards one of the ingenious people at Build Brighton and we have now upgraded to a fantastic new digital version which we have cleverly named – Happy Buttons!
So now it’s voting by buttons and the Pi is wirelessly connected into a Google doc that documents time, date and status.
We have also made an interesting change to the options. Before we had happy and unhappy and this had a polarising effect. It was black or white, and a few in the office, myself included didn’t vote because we occupied that middle ground, never happy nor unhappy, it was coined the ‘meh bucket’ we wanted one of these. So in this new iteration we have added the ‘meh’ option which we’ve also called the OK option. (I plan to write a follow up post look at the impact of the meh button).
So what have we gained?
It is curated automatically and therefore not reliant on someone counting the balls in the bucket and adding it to a spreadsheet.
It’s more inclusive, adding the OK button has increased usage and anecdotally I have started voting more and also using the happy option more.
There is a renewed interest in the data we are looking at coding visualisations and automatically tweeting the results.
We are currently in prototype mode, but hope to have a few finished copies soon allowing us to take them to events, workshops and install with our clients on projects.
I’d be interested to know what you think?