Category Archive: Illustration
Splinter recently launched 2 Welsh second language apps to promote and encourage learners to engage with the Welsh language. The games are designed for teachers and pupils of Primary and Secondary schools.
As a preferred supplier of digital design services to The Welsh Government’s, Welsh in Education Resources Branch, we were pleased to have been invited and won the competitive pitch.
Crucial insight was gained regarding design and gameplay by holding fun workshops with the teachers and pupils from: Ysgol Maelgwn, Llandudno Junction, Woodlands Community Primary School, Cwmbrân and Trowbridge Primary School, Cardiff, Ysgol John Bright, Llandudno, Cardinal Newman, Pontypridd and Eastern High, Cardiff. A massive THANK YOU to all.
The games imaginatively illustrated whimsical characters are based on Welsh legends: Guto Nyth Brân, a legendary 18th century athlete from the Pontypridd area and Dreigiau Dinas Emrys about Gwrtheyrn, the 5th century king of the Celtic Britons and the antics of two dragons underground at Dinas Emrys.
Our thanks also go to: The Welsh Government’s Welsh in Education Resources Branch, content author Elin Alaw, Welsh language specialists Janine Venables and Jo Knell, voice over actor Llŷr Ifans.
To download the apps please go to the micro site.
Kevin was recently asked to work on some musical infographics for the lovely BOP Consulting.
Liverpool has historically had a huge link to music, from the world famous Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra (which is one of the world’s oldest concert societies) to grassroots gigging in small venues, recording studios and spaces. With a famous dance music scene and underground techno movement, global acts performing at the Echo Arena and several high profile live music festivals in LIMF, Creamfields and Fusion attracting big name acts and thousands of visitors, the list is endless.
Within the strategy, BOP needed 4 infographics creating to illustrate:
- Turnover of Liverpool’s core music economy
- Economic contribution of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic (2016/17)
- Liverpool’s music economy at a glance
- Employment in Liverpool’s core music sector
Kevin used muted colours and musical references such as leads to link sections, amps and instruments on a background with a subtle abstract nod to a graphic equalizer. This created interesting and clear infographics that perfectly illustrated the information.
For more information, have a look at the Culture Liverpool website :)
Splinter and Liverpool company Twin Vision have been busy working with schools to create Liverpool’s ‘Local Offer’ app. The ‘Local Offer’ is a new law, which states that every local authority must talk with children and young people, with special educational needs or disabilities and their families to find out what sort of support and services they need.
“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/
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.
Denbighshire County Council commissioned Splinter and Mair Education to produce interpretation and marketing materials for the Rhuddlan Nature Reserve.
Core to the project aims was the desire for local children to be involved in the process, ensuring that the local community have ownership of the reserve to discourage vandalism and encourage use to ensure that they value the reserve for generations to come. The sessions were very successful, with the children fully engaged throughout.
Their input has genuinely determined the direction of the project in the following ways:
– Identifying the best physical locations for signage and interpretation boards.
– Choosing the format of interpretation boards.
– Determining the preferred content of interpretation boards.
– Providing artwork which will be reflected in the final designs of signage, interpretation boards and marketing materials.
The final outputs of the project were 6 different interpretation panels and a visitor leaflet.