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Fishbowl: Meet The Old-fashioned Way

Graphic designer, lover of 80’s music and bonafide night owl. I love vector illustration and get a rush whenever I think of a clever piece of copy (just ask my notes app!) I pride myself on my projects being playful, pretty & purposeful.

With dating apps surging the market within the last 10 years, I was interested in how developments such as gamification had affected the way we date and create relationships. One of the key statistics that stood out to me during my research was that seventy percent of people who had matched with someone on a dating app never met up with any of them.

Alongside this, members of the LGBTQIA+ community often feel un-catered for on most popular dating apps. In queer history, finding someone to date had to be done in underground ways to avoid being ‘found out’ and ostracised. In modern day dating, there are now apps that enable these connections, however, the ones pioneering the way are often shifting the focus towards short-term flings and the culture has started to negatively affect users mental health. This begs the question: where else can queer people find like-minded people for friendships & relationships?

Introducing Fishbowl – a brand new queer dating app that encourages meeting people the ‘old-fashioned’ way. Partnered with venues across the UK, users can arrive, scan a QR code and join ‘the bowl’ within that place. Once inside, profiles of everyone who has joined the same bowl are available to browse, like, match and chat with.

Really get on with someone? Perfect – you’re already in the same place!


Hope Manning

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