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Featured on The BBC’s One Show was another winning campaign from Splinter’s resident NHS expert Kevin McCann. NHS account manager Kev’s ‘Line up’ design encourages people to return their borrowed medical equipment: wheelchairs, crutches, zimmer frames etc. to the NHS and save money.

Besides printed and digital media the ‘Line up’ design has featured in local media including The One show and been seen locally on the side of vans that are collecting people’s medical equipment. The Amnesty campaign  has proven to be incredibly effective for clients Liverpool Community Health as they have had a 40% increase in people returning borrowed equipment in the last couple of months.

 

 

…in Congleton, Behaviour and Welfare Lead; Liz Griffen, and her students for inviting Lesley Seal, Senior Communications Officer from Cheshire East Council and myself to discuss our adolescent neglect campaign.

The Council and school are both creating awareness campaigns to educate people about child and adolescent neglect. Splinter is proud to have won the commission and be involved with this important project. There is little discussed or understood about exactly what child neglect is and what as a society we should do about it. So I was grateful to speak to Liz, a safeguarding and welfare specialist and her group of students, who gave up their lunchtimes to discuss the subject and give me their valuable insight on visuals, messaging and communication channels.

Screen Shot 2017-01-30 at 16.08.43I was made to feel very welcome and am impressed by the students’ design savvy, creative input and clear understanding of a complex and subjective issue. Having already provided such crucial insight, we have kindly been invited for a return match to tell us what they think of our creative…fingers crossed!

I look forward to my return visit at the end of the month.

…And look out for the campaign in March.

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JOB: JUNIOR AFTER EFFECTS ANIMATOR

We’re looking for a junior After Effects animator to work on-site in Liverpool in our hard working studio on a paid 4 month fixed-term contract (full time hours) – beginning December 2016, working on educational animations.

The successful candidate will be a dedicated animator who is comfortable handling short-form character animation, and has a good eye for detail. Experience working with clients is not essential, but a strong showreel or portfolio is a must.

We are looking for someone who:

— Is keen to be part of a team
— Has a passion for design and direction
— Has a design degree or similar
Is proficient in After Effects (essential)

The role is a great opportunity to be fully involved in the whole process from storyboarding to final delivery, and to learn from our senior staff.

Please e-mail jobs@splinter.co.uk with a brief introduction about yourself, your CV and links to your showreel or portfolio.

Salary in the region of £18,000 pro rata. Please be aware that this is a junior role and we are not looking to fulfill senior animator positions at this time.

Deadline for submissions is Sunday 30th October 2016.

NO AGENCIES PLEASE

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For the last few months we’ve been busy working on a trio of new websites for Chetham’s in Manchester, including Chetham’s School of Music, Chetham’s Library and their new performance venue The Stoller Hall. As part of the job we focused on how best to bring the three different identities together, and went as far as developing a brand new identity for the Library. The websites are now live and can be accessed via their hub page here. A full case study will follow in the near future!

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Splinter Design would like to send their well wishes to one of our favourite print clients, James Brown, from Liverpool Community Health NHS Trust, and his twin brother Tim who are taking part in this weekend’s British Transplant Games in Liverpool.

James and Tim are excellent ambassadors for the games after being part of the transplant process a few years ago, when James gave Tim one of his kidneys. Both have since recovered and continued their quest for long and healthy lifestyles, showing the success of the transplant process, and highlighting the importance of organ donation.

The games run from 28th – 31st July, are sponsored by Westfield Health, working with Transplant Sport, Anthony Nolan and Donor family network. They are FREE to attend and held over various sites across the city over the weekend covering sports like Archery (Liverpool Cricket Club), Swimming (Wavertree Aquatics Centre), Volley Ball (Greenbank) and Darts (PANAM). For more information of the games schedule please see: www.britishtransplantgames.co.uk – and don’t forget, sign up to be a donor!

Kev, who works closely with James has produced an illustration to wish them well. Good luck to all participants!

copa-america

It got pointed out to us on Twitter that whilst we’re busy doing our Togger Tombola for Euro 2016, we may have neglected the Copa América that’s currently going on.

So to make sure our American friends don’t feel left out, we’ve done Animal Allstars for all of the quarter-finalists in the Copa América. Enjoy!

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It’s almost time for the Euro 2016 tournament – and we’ve put together another illustrated sweepstake kit! Similar to our Samba Sweepstake, it’s a set of 24 cards, featuring illustrated animals to represent each country.

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We at Splinter don’t just like to eat doughnuts… we like to rock n roll as well. With that in mind last weekend I became one of the 16000 people to take part in the Liverpool part or the Rock n Roll Marathon series, which began in San Diego in 1998 and now has at least 30 events worldwide in cities like Liverpool, Washington DC, Dublin, Madrid and Las Vegas.

The weekend comprised a 5k on the Saturday and a Half Marathon, Marathon and a 1 mile on the Sunday…Oh and a big piece of bling and a free beer at the end – what’s not to love about that?

I’ve been running for around 2 years and am still very much a beginner. I completed couch to 5k, found a beginners running group local to me through the Run England site and started adding on some miles over the last 18 months. Last year I ran 10 x 10k races and joined the Penny Lane Striders running club. This year my challenge is 3 or 4 half marathons. I ran my first half in Liverpool in March and this was my second.

It wasn’t “fun”, but it was definitely fun as well. It was way too hot, and the sun along the prom was brutal for the last 4 miles, but it was a laugh, loads of music and people dressed up along the course. There were so many people out cheering and so many lovely people to chat too on the course from other running clubs, it really amazes me the community feel. The course was a lovely winding course through a beautifully clear sunny Liverpool. it definitely showed off the city at it’s best and the mix of grand buildings at the pier head and in town mixed with the quiet leafy parks we ran through was beautiful.

It wasn’t my fastest race, but I am pleased to have completed another one and to come away with 3 medals out of it – a 5k one, a half marathon one and a remix one because I did both events.

Only problem with Rock n Roll is… you want more… so I’ve already signed up for next years Liverpool race, and plans are afoot to maybe go to Dublin so I can add an encore medal (for running a second event) and a world rocker medal (for running in 2 different countries) to my collection.

It’s all about the bling don’tcha know…

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The UK Government has selected Splinter as one of the companies to provide digital services to The UK Government’s Digital Marketplace.

Managed by The Cabinet Office’s Government Digital Service, whose ‘job is the digital transformation of government’, the framework helps government and public sector organisations to find and select specialists to work on digital projects.

Splinter’s inclusion allows us to offer digital services such as: API, WordPress, game, app development, user experience and design.

This win comes off the back of being successful to supply digital services to The Welsh Government’s department of Education…Scotland for the hat-trick!

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