Category Archive: Blog


Imagine our confusion this morning when one of the Splinter team (Kev!) arrived in work with a big ol’ tray of mince pies – fresh from our favourite bulk discount store! It is only just September isn’t it? Next we’re on the lookout for cadbury’s creme eggs.


It’s not often we pay much attention to stamps, but an interesting letter arrived in our post box today, all the way from one of our clients in Bahrain (via the Turkish restaurant downstairs). The envelope and stamps looked so great we thought we should show it off! Perhaps there will be a set of Splinter stamps on the horizon…



A fun job we worked on recently was the NML Kids site, which is an off-shoot of the main National Museums Liverpool site targeted specifically at kids. It gave us an excuse to have fun with characters and lots of colour, and it also houses Escape from the Mummy’s tomb, which is a game we made for NML a while back.

And to top it off, the characters from the site have even manifested themselves in physical form, as shown in the photo below!



A bunch of the Splinter team made the trip up to BBC Scotland’s Pacific Quay building in Glasgow yesterday to meet the nice Bitesize folk. We didn’t get to see many of the sights in Glasgow but we were mighty impressed with Central Station, the funky audio pods in the BBC reception, and even the very random Swan and Railway pub we ended up in, back in Wigan on the journey home! All in all a good day out!


The boy done good!

0 08 Jun 11


Big congrats go out to Elliott, who did a placement with us last year, for being awarded ‘Best in Show’ at his recent graduation show for his project ‘TwentyFour‘. Best of all, he got to meet Mavis from Coronation Street!

Elliot has a great eye for design and is planning a move to London in the near future, so if there’s any agencies looking for an intern then take a look at a selection of his work below, or over on his new site



Whilst rooting around the studio this morning for something to prop a monitor up with, we stumbled across this intriguing book – the Manchester Royal Exchange Directory 1930. No idea why we have it here, but having flicked through we loved the typography and graphic style of the ads within it, so we thought we should share it with the world!

It reminds me of Professor Henry Jones Snr’s grail diary
Stevo the illustrator




We’re a tad busy here at Splinter and are on the look out for a new junior to support, and work with our digital design team.

Essential skills:

  • Flash (AS2 essential)

Desirable skills:

  • Design for web (with understanding of layout & typography)
  • Adobe suite (general skills)
  • Experience in the production of web banners
  • HTML & CSS

Absolutely essential skills:

  • Tea-making
  • Coffee-brewing

Terms of employment include a 3-month trial and 4 day per week starting salary of £14k per annum. We are looking for someone to start work asap after interview.

If you think you fit the bill please forward examples of your work and CV to

Deadline: Friday 3rd June
Please be available for interview w/c 6 June

BBC North is live!

1 24 May 11


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 chuffed when we won the pitch to design and build the new BBC North website. It went live last week, and 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.

From a design point of view, it was a great opportunity to dig into the BBC’s new Global Experience Language as well. If you haven’t already seen the GEL, there’s a great article on the BBC blogs.

So a big hello to everyone who is making the move to Salford, and hopefully we’ll get the chance to work with some of you soon!

The National Tenant Organisations have recently published a joint report reviewing housing associations’ annual reports. The report reviews a sample of 257 annual reports from a cross section of landlords. All the reports were scored and we are delighted to be one of only four landlords nationally that received the maximum five points for our Yearbook.

What the tenants’ organisations liked in particular was our use of transparent and easy to understand performance graphs.

“Thank you for all your work on this and for helping us to make it a success – I have other housing associations calling me and asking for copies of it and the TSA have used it in a report on good practice.”
Andrew Bullock, Communications Officer


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