Category Archive: Thoughts


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.


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



Whilst trawling through the Splinter archives we stumbled across this little gem… Chris our MD’s self-produced album from way back in 1992. Nowadays it’s more shirt-and-jumper combos than dreads-and-beats combos!


Okay, well maybe that’s not quite true… on one of our regular trips to London we decided to pop in to the Science Museum to see if their new interactive displays had been installed and who should we find wandering around learning about lathes? The man himself, James May.

We couldn’t pass up the opportunity of a photo for the Splinter blog, so here I am, grinning inanely. Chris had told him I was ‘his biggest fan’ (very funny Chris) – so he probably thought we were some sort of stalkers. Sorry James!


Chris has always been a huge fan of the classic early-90s comedy flick Sister Act, so he was delighted when, on one of our recent trips into the capital, we came across this… the stage musical version featuring Whoopi Goldberg herself!

A dream come true for Chris, and he couldn’t resist re-enacting the pose.

Hello London.

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A couple of the Splinter gang made their way down to London this week to check out BBC White City… what a great place it is! We thought we’d take some snaps to share with you all… but we forgot. So here’s some pics of us at Oxford Circus instead!

This morning, Chris Day and I finalised the voice over for the upcoming TravelWise Local Transport Plan viral video. We were really happy with how well it went and would like to thank the VO artist Cath Rice and studio engineer Mike at The Vocal Booth in Toxteth TV who were both brilliant.


This year we’ve gone all out here at Splinter and treated ourselves to a studio tree! We have the lights, we have the tinsel… what else do you need? Well we discovered it’s possible to hole-punch a mini-card and make a decoration very quickly!!

So if there’s any illustrators out there who would like to have their work on Splinter tree then just post us one of your mini-cards (FAO Jon) and we’ll add it to the tree and post photos up here! The more the merrier! The first card features the work of the brilliant Project Detonate.



I noticed a news item this morning on the Beeb about the Association of Chief Police Officers in England and Wales launching a new campaign in time for the festive season. It’s a campaign targeted at women and men warning of dangers drinking and sexual attacks whilst under the influence, something that doubles during December and January according to many Police forces.

A scary fact I found out when we were coming up with ideas for Liverpool PCT’s current Psssst campaign (view all about the campaign) is that alcohol is the biggest date rape drug, something which shocked me, but makes a lot of sense if you think about it. The Pssst! campaign is running now until the festive period ends and includes posters, adverts and information on marshaled taxi ranks in the city centre. For more information visit

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