Category Archive: Portfolio
“When you realise that there are 21 characters, each with 3 mini-games, that makes 63 mini-games that needed creating within 6 months – which seems unfeasible. But the way we got around that was by building game mechanic templates which could be reused multiple times…”
Jon Raffe, Splinter
Splinter has recently created Famous People; a suite of Flash games aimed at a Primary school audience; for the BBC’s Primary History site. The project had a fixed deadline, due to it needing to fit within the annual budgeting period for that department. The suite focused on 21 famous characters throughout history, with each person’s game containing 3 different mini-games. The total of 63 mini-games were created within 6 months. The team built game mechanic templates which could be reused multiple times. Parallel pipelines facilitated a structured process flow, gave the client a good overview of the whole process and also ensured we met the fixed deadline.
While the visual, educational authoring and audio work was in production, the game frameworks were being built which could be re-skinned and re-used across all the different characters. In total there were 6 completely distinct game mechanics, which got mixed and matched depending on the story we were trying to tell for each character. We’re really happy with how flexible they became and how different all the games still feel from each other.
To make sure we kept within the short production timescales, we started each batch of game by doing four fully worked up visuals for each character, consisting of the main scene and three embedded mini-games. Across the 21 characters there are 84 different environments, ranging from Seb Coe’s Olympic stadium through to a Shakespeare-themed quiz show!
Those initial visuals then allowed our storyboard artist to sketch out a full run-through of each character’s game. Each character’s storyboard ran to 20 pages, with 3 panels per page, resulting in an immense 1, 260 storyboard panels.
Within the timescales the games went through multiple debugging phases, as well as a structured user testing session.
To find out more about how we created the Famous People games please visit our blog.
If you wish to link to each individual games please visit the following page: http://www.splinter.co.uk/lovie/bbc-famous-people/
They are one of the most creative, reliable companies I’ve worked with and I would be happy to recommend them to anyone else. Their illustration and design work is top quality – they understand the audience completely and interpret the brief well.
Rachel Duckhouse, Producer, BBC Scotland.
Splinter were commissioned to write, design and produce 11 Bitesize KS1 interactive science games for the BBC. Once the project commenced we were also commissioned to produce a further 7 titles focused on the Scottish Level 1 curriculum.
To find out more about how we created the Max & Molly games please visit our blog.
If you wish to link to each individual games please visit the following page: http://www.splinter.co.uk/lovie/bbc-bitesize/
Splinter have been working on the Liverpool Community Health (LCH) PS staff magazine for over 3 years now.
The magazine contains numerous articles for LCH NHS staff to read on all that is happening within LCH and it’s related projects. The bi-monthly publication is both printed and produced as a Pageturn document.
We were approached by Liverpool Community Health (LCH) to concept and design their 2011 AGM conference materials based on the brief, William Shakespeare’s ‘The Seven Ages of Man’.
LCH’s Head of Communications, Engagement and Marketing, James Brown, asked the simple question of ‘If Shakespeare was alive today, what would he be writing on?’
Armed with this brief, Print Production Manager Kev McCann went about the task of creating 15 ‘app’ icons which showed LCH’s take on Shakespeare’s ‘The Seven Ages of Man’ plus other icons which encompass their core visions and values. The inside pages were designed around a social network theme and hey presto the Annual Report and Accounts 2011 was created!
Invitations, summary documents, feedback cards and slide presentations were also produced for the event which Kev was proud to attend, and if you want to know what happened, check out his blog.
Wirral Council’s Road safety team commissioned Splinter and partners Liverpool John Moore’s university to produce Sophie’s Journey: a PSHE/Maths Key stage 4 learning resource for Wirral schools.
The CDROM and printed pack have been produced to address the main aims of the project which were to embed Road Safety into the National Curriculum as a means of targeting pre-drivers to communicate the principles and benefits of road safety.
Splinter carried out a consultation that included focus testing, questionnaires and interviews with 14-17 year olds, road safety specialists and teachers. We also consulted community stakeholders e.g. Road Peace, emergency services etc. The report recommended a media rich CDROM and printed pack that would appeal to teachers, parents and children with varied IT skills, road safety knowledge and curricular abilities. We also ensured the materials accommodated different learning styles. Each of the 5 lessons on the CDROM include rich media including video, flash interactives, audio, PDF downloads & html links.
There are 5 lessons, 4 with a PSHE focus and a maths lesson. They can be taught with or without the use of the interactive CDROM. By teaching road traffic awareness in the classroom we hope young people will learn valuable lessons, gain a greater understanding of risk and be safer.
The learning materials include teacher and pupil evaluation forms so the project’s long term pedagogical aims can be evaluated.
The Heather and Hillforts Landscape Partnership aims to conserve and maintain the heritage of the hillforts and heather moorland of the Clwydian Range and Llantysilio Mountains.
They approached Splinter in 2010 to design and produce their project report. The 120 page bi-lingual document was launched in December 2010 at Llangollen Library. It has been distributed to libraries, TICs, community groups and project partners across the region.
Splinter were commissioned by LARC Liverpool Arts Regeneration Consortium to create www.cityofradicals for The 2011: Liverpool, City of Radicals programme. Individuals, communities and organisations have been invited to join an open and free-form programme of exhibitions, readings, discussions, publications, debates, events, interactive online exchange and community-based activities designed to examine what – and who – is radical at the start of the 21st Century.
The year both commemorates the major events of 1911 that contributed to the City’s reputation for radicalism, including the opening of the Royal Liver Building, the Bluecoat’s groundbreaking Post-Impressionist exhibition and the Liverpool Transport Strike, and celebrate the radical, anarchic, ‘bolshy’ individuals who made their distinctively ‘scouse’ mark at that time and who have done so in the years between.
Tobacco Free Futures (formerly Smokefree North West) is a nationwide collaborative partnership, supported by NW Primary Care Trusts. We developed a new website to communicate their nationwide status and new brand. The site, managed by a WordPress CMS, has a wide range of features including an Events Calendar, Products Shop, a secure practitioners’ resource area, Updateable News and Twitter integration.
As you may have seen in the news recently, the BBC have started moving into their northern home at MediaCityUK in Salford. It’s a big strategic move for the BBC and we were very happy when we won the pitch to design and build the new BBC North website. The site is full of information about the move, as well as audio & video content, event listings and profiles of a wide variety of BBC staff members.
The BBC North website consists of two main pages – the home page, aimed at members of the public and which acts as a portal to content across the full BBC site, and the about page, which has in-depth information and statistics aimed at stakeholders and staff interested in moving up to Salford.