Manhattan

Designer's Statement

"I began my work with Wespy because I was interested in cities, people, and travel. Living in the New York City area, I am always amazed at how much there is to do at any given time—a new restaurant, a new show, a new boutique. It’s almost overwhelming how many options there are and it’s nearly impossible to sort through all of this information. This is where review sites such as Yelp should come in, but they often leave me more confused. Different people have different opinions and contradict each other, leaving me with a less clear sense of the place I was researching because I have no way to judge which reviewer I should agree with.

I trust my friends more than anyone else to introduce me to new spots and things. They know what I like and I know what they like—it’s easy to decide who’s opinion to trust for certain topics. One friend knows food and is great for restaurant recommendations, but has terrible taste in bars. These are little details that we all know but don’t need to think about. Wespy capitalizes on this idea that we know our friends well enough to be able to understand their opinions.

Few things are worse than an app you have to register a new account for and when you do, very few of your friends have done the same so you’re left with very little data. Wespy allows users to sign in using their existing social media accounts that they already actively maintain. We don’t need more social media accounts or another app/website we have to update. Wespy doesn’t try to get any extra effort in terms of reviewing spots. The idea is that these opinions have already been documented via statuses, Tweets, and snapshots and the comments that go along with them. Users can skim through this information and use the knowledge of their friends’ preferences to formulate their own decisions."

—Jenn Martins