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Bored.Solutions Digital Hub Cures Self-Isolation Blues


Designed by Mary Leonard and developed by Daniel Griffin, the site aims to help teach, make and do during the coronavirus pandemic

Bored.Solutions Digital Hub Cures Self-Isolation Blues

The world is living in an unprecedented crisis where, for the first time in living memory, millions of people across the world are confined to their homes to protect themselves and others. Social distancing is critical in helping to prevent the spread of the virus, but it can also have a massive impact on people’s emotional and mental well-being. That is why Mary Leonard wanted to make a simple and playful digital hub that can help reduce feelings of helplessness, boredom, and isolation. Hence, Bored.Solutions.

Conceived and designed by Mary Leonard, (ex-Google Creative Lab & Construct London), and developed by Daniel Griffin (Simpler Mortgages), Bored.Solutions is a digital hub that helps anyone find things to learn, make or do during this tough time. Ideas like exploring space with Nasa, learning to read minds in a day, or helping Amnesty International by becoming a pen-pal.

While researching things to learn from home, Mary was inspired by the amount of content, experiences, and activities that people were posting online. “It was incredible to see so many individuals and brands creating experiences, developing products and making their platforms free. It felt like a real sense of community was growing. That’s why I wanted to design a hub that consolidated all these ideas in one place. So anyone could find something to do regardless of their interests or how much time they had. A one-stop-shop of ideas to help keep us all inside.”

To make the hub as useful as possible, we organised the content by the length of time. This allows anyone to find something to do based on the time they are willing to commit — be it one day, one week, two weeks or a month. To discover ideas that you are interested in, you can filter the resource based on different activities, e.g. read, listen, learn, help. And because we know that not everyone can afford to pay for these experiences we’ve added a free filter in there too. 

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