Rocketmakers and TechSPARK launch Tech for Good Resources for Bristol and Bath

Tech for Good

Since its founding, Rocketmakers has always promoted using technology to make the world a better place –  a concept which has come to be known as ‘Tech for Good’.

As the Bristol & Bath tech cluster has grown, we have done our best to help support the significant number of Tech for Good companies and support companies which have emerged onto the scene. That number is now so significant, just keeping track of everyone became difficult. We asked our design team for help – and boy did they deliver!

The Tech For Good Bristol and Bath microsite, designed and developed by Rocketmakers in partnership with TechSPARK, was launched recently at an event in Bristol for 65 community members. The site features 170 Tech for Good companies and support companies from the region, with another 60 to be added to the site in November.

The site landing page has two main views – Tech For Good, and Support – and allows users to zoom in to central Bristol and central Bath where multiple map pins are clustered. Each pin comes with a profile and contact details, and each business is also listed alphabetically on a separate listing page.

Converting a dry dataset into a visually stunning, interactive web app is never an easy task, and the Rocketmakers design team really outdid themselves with techforgoodbb.com.

The clean, classic design features a brilliantly clever logo conceived by Rocketmakers lead designer John Grigg. Composed of a capital “B,” a heart, a map, and a map pin, it neatly captures the essence of a Tech for Good map application.

There are also 12 bespoke icons for the various categories of featured companies, primary and secondary colour palettes, a bespoke font (evoking the Swiss minimalism of the London tube map), and style guides for creating both digital and print versions Tech for Good Bristol and Bath maps.

The idea for the microsite arose after Rocketmakers Marketing and Scaleup Lead Briony Phillips began to struggle to keep track of all the Tech For Good companies in the region.

“I started with a simple document,” she explained, “but it wasn’t long before I had to create a database to keep track of everything. But even that wasn’t enough as I really wanted this information to be available to the public – not just for me.

“We recently got the chance to share the site for the first time at an event I hosted for TechSPARK, and the reaction was fantastic. The fintech and legaltech sectors in Bristol attract attention because of the revenue they generate, but it is really important that the Tech for Good sector gets its share of the limelight as well. With this amazing design from John and his team, we’ve made a major step in that direction.”

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