BBC Britain (a part of BBC Future) aims to help users ‘discover the real Britain’. They commissioned us to devise and build a super-entertaining online quiz that would help put Britain’s quintessential traits in context with other countries. The quiz needed share appeal, too.
We started with obvious clichés. All the small stuff that British people are renowned for chuntering on about every day. Grumbling about public transport and the weather for instance…or tea. We love talking about tea.
And the more positive stereotypes too. Do non-Brits really believe we have a castle on every corner? That we all live in quaint cottages? Or that we eat cream teas every day?
We wanted users to feel surprised by the results. So, we also considered how Brits might fare on other areas, such as wine drinking, Nobel Peace Prizes won and millionaires on these shores.
Once we’d seen how the data stacked up, we chose 14 sets that would reveal the most surprising stories.
For the quiz mechanic, we took inspiration from classic Saturday night quiz shows, like ‘Deal or no deal’ and ‘Play your cards right’.
This gave the quiz questions their binary structure, such as: Which country receives more rain each year – New Zealand or the UK? (It’s New Zealand. But Singapore is even rainier.)
Some light animation such as winking eyes, and a cloud of steam from a teapot, kept the quiz feeling fresh.
The data viz came through in the answers, using a wide variety of devices, from bubble charts to bars. The concise writing drew the whole thing together as a lighthearted, but factually informative piece.
And who wouldn’t want to know if they’re a Baffled, Borderline or Blueblood Brit? The quiz totted up the user’s score and round-up on completion, ready for sharing with friends on social media. Give it a go.