Waveshed by Joe Magee

Discover the new watershed.co.uk...

Posted on Wed 31 Aug 2011

Welcome to the new Watershed website! It’s been a long time coming. More than five years, to be exact. What was wrong with the old one, you may wonder.It was dated. It was becoming unwieldy. It had teeny tiny text. But most of all, it didn’t accurately reflect the vibrancy and passion of Watershed or the wide variety of activities and opportunities we offer that make us special.

Welcome to the new Watershed website! It’s been a long time coming. More than five years, to be exact. What was wrong with the old one, you may wonder.

It was dated. It was becoming unwieldy. It had teeny tiny text. But most of all, it didn’t accurately reflect the vibrancy and passion of Watershed or the wide variety of activities and opportunities we offer that make us special.

We had great content such as filmmaker Q&As, short films, talks and the like over on DShed, and iShed - our research and development arm - produces some brilliant work. With the old website, it was really difficult for us to shout about it all in addition to publishing the programme of events and screenings: things became tacked on to a website that just wasn’t working for us – or for you – anymore.

What we’ve tried to do is to bring it all back home. We’ve kept what worked on the old website (namely buying tickets, the calendar, the what’s on section), pages we knew were useful for our customers, but hopefully we’ve made more connections and added some interesting content.

We’ve worked really hard to provide a site we hope you can both use and enjoy. We want people to discover us: there's so much more here than simply buying tickets and leaving.

This is by no means the end – it’s very much a work in progress as there are so many more elements we want to add, and we know we won’t get it all right immediately. That’s why it’s important for you to tell us what you think: good, bad, or anything in between, we want to hear it.

Have a proper look around and see what you think. Please leave a comment below or email communications@watershed.co.uk to help us and be part of this process.

Big thanks for all your support and loyalty,

Louise Gardner
Head of Communications and Development


Comments

Really clean and simple design to the new site, I like it.

Not really a comment on the new website but something I was hoping the new website would fix. Sometimes I want to look for a film from your archive & I've found that your on site search box always throws up a "no results found". However if I use a google site search bookmarklet it invariably finds the film. For instance I just tried searching for Dogtooth using your embedded search tool & got "no results found" but using a google site search found this page:http://www.watershed.co.uk/whatson/2286/dogtooth/
I probably should have said something while you were working on the new site rather than waiting for it to go live. Sorry.
Other than that I love the new website. Good work.

Claire Stewart's picture

Hello Guy - thanks so much for your comments, it's a really good point that you make. We're definitely looking at ways to make our public programme archive available to the public as it's something we've had a lot of feedback on. We're working on it, so keep your eyes peeled - we'll let you know when it's done!

A great piece of work!

Who did you use for the project? Did you use an agency or was it all done in-house. Particularly interested in who is responsible for the design because it's very good!

Thanks

Claire Stewart's picture

Hi Steve! Thankyou! Our friends at Document (http://document.is/) designed the Watershed space, and Play Nicely (http://playnicely.co.uk/) designed the iShed and Media/Theatre Sandbox spaces. They worked with our in-house development team over a long time, so it was a bit of a collaborative process!

The new calendar is clever!

And I agree with Guy above.

Really, really confusing when it comes to booking tickets on-line? Where is the trail?