Monthly Archives: December 2014


Something for Christmas!

Snowy scene_Ali Inay

Ho ho ho…

Christmas is now just days away and it won’t be long before you’re ripping your presents open with ferocious excitement, tucking into the turkey dinner and mince pies, playing a board game or two with the family and drinking way too much, all culminating in falling asleep at 8pm.

We hope you’ve all finished your last minute shopping, survived your office Christmas party (and didn’t do anything too embarrassing) and are now relaxing on the sofa with your feet up whilst watching endless Christmas repeats.

The Bloodybigspider Christmas cards were sent out last week and we hope you enjoyed our festive typography puns as much as we enjoyed making them.

My personal favourite was: “Driving TAHOMA for Christmas.”

BBS-Christmas Card (600x400px for Blog) 2014-V1

If you’ve got any typography based puns, please share them with us!

The festive season signifies that it’s almost the end of 2014, and the new year is just around the corner. It’s been a great year and we would like to wish you all the very best in 2015.

On a personal note, I would like to thank Siobhan and Stephen Holmes for giving me the opportunity to join such an amazing team and I look forward to the future with Bloodybigspider, thanks guys!

As we are not back in the office now until 5th January, I’m sad to say this will be the final blog post of 2014, so we’ve got a good round-up of some of our favourite Christmas TV moments as well as some excellent links from the week!

But first, here’s some of best Instagram shots so far (don’t forget to follow us!):

Bloodybigspider is here to help you get through the festive period, so here’s the last of our links for 2014, enjoy!

We wish you a merry Christmas and a happy new year.

The BBS Team

Richard Mclean

We’re dreaming of a Whitechapel Christmas

May your days be merry and briiiiiight, and may all your Christmases be whiiiite.

It’s very nearly, almost, practically, just around the corner from Christmas, hurray! Team Bloodybigspider haven’t given up hope on a snowy December 25th yet, but whatever the weather, we’re eagerly counting down the days ’til the big day, and our super duper festive Spotify playlist is seeing us through this craziness that is the last working week in the office:

Go turn up the speakers to 11 and blast out a few of the team’s favourite seasonal tunes, like Don’t Shoot Me Santa (Tom’s choice), Santa Baby (Sam’s), Christmas Sleigh Bells (Steve’s), Merry Christmas Everybody (Rick) and Wonderful Christmastime (Siobhan). If you got a Bloodybigspider Christmas card, you’ll have spotted a few festive songs in there too, since this year it was all about the musical typeface mashup:


High fives to our designers who painstakingly created a snowman, Christmas tree, car, pair of bells and an almost-to-scale New York skyline out of letters and punctation.

So you know what we’re going to ask now – what’s your favourite festive tune? And none of this ‘I don’t like Christmas music’ humbug nonsense, I won’t have it. You know why?

Because it’s Chriiiiiiiiiiiiiistmaaaaaaaaaas!

PS: Our last working day of 2014 is Tuesday 23rd December (or Friday 19th for us copywriters – woohoo!), and we’re back fresh-faced and raring to go on 5th January.


Brick Lane: the home of balti, bagels and… breakfast cereal


As you may or may not have heard, the world’s first cereal cafe opened its doors for business in the hipster capital of London, Shoreditch – and it’s already dished up quite a media storm. Situated on Brick Lane, where you’re already spoilt for choice when it comes to cuisine (the curry mile, world famous beigels and street food galore), you’ll find Cereal Killer Café.

Channel 4 News claim that £3 is way over priced for a bowl of cereal in “one of Londons’ poorest areas” and seem to have launched an unwarranted attack on poor co-owner Gary whilst trying to serve his customers.

Gary Keery responded to Channel 4 with an open letter and gave his argument; quite valid if you ask me.

Anyway, Bloodybigspider’s very own Sam went and paid them a visit on opening day to see what all the fuss was about. Take it away, Sam…

“Right around form the corner from Bloodybigspider HQ is the acclaimed Brick Lane, the hub for anything vintage, foodie and all things hipster. An Irish pair of twins have managed to combine all three at the Cereal Killer Café. The best way to describe this place is a ‘celebration’ of the humble bowl of cereal.

With over 120 different types of cereal, 30 varieties of milk, and to top if all off (literally), 20 different toppings, how are you supposed to choose?

It was Wednesday 10th December, the opening day of the café, so I figured it would be rude not to take a stroll down Brick Lane and see what all the hype was about. ‘Hype’ was an understatement; there was a line stretching out of the café door and down the road. Clearly cereal is more popular then I first thought!

A pair of students running East London Lines interviewed me for a short blog, which was all fine and dandy. Shortly afterwards, I was approached by Channel 9 News Australia, fully equipped with the most intimidating TV cameras and microphones, and an archive full of cereal-based questions!

My answering some snap, crackle and popping questions apparently gave them permission to follow me through the entire café, including ordering, adding my toppings and eventually eating my cereal. Trying to eat a bowl of cereal naturally with an entire nation watching you isn’t the easiest of jobs. But I think I nailed it.

Cereal killer  Collage2

The interior design of the café was perfectly vintage, containing milk bottle designs from over the decades neatly placed on the shelves, as well as TVs looping you’re favourite childhood breakfast cartoons (shout out to the Hey Arnold!). They even sell cereal themed merchandise – who doesn’t wanted Frosty flavoured lip balm? It was a brilliant throwback to my childhood and I found myself getting all nostalgic over the cereal box designs they had nicely positioned around the café.

All in all it was a fantastic and typical Brick Lane experience. They’re Grrrr-eat! (sorry).”

Sounds like Sam’s experience was cereal killer indeed. Shoreditch is the place to be and I think it’s brilliant that entrepreneurs are trying (and succeeding at) something a bit different and bringing more people to the area. The cereal debate is now well and truly on. What do you think about it all, and more important, what’s your favourite cereal?

Image credits: Sam’s iPhone


Something for the weekend

Fairy lights_Rafael Fabricio

It’s that time again already folks: something for the weekend is here. I seriously don’t know where this week has gone and Christmas is now only 12 days away. That can only mean one thing – I need to start my festive shopping (insert unhappy emoji here).

Our great country’s been battered by a so called ‘weather bomb’ this week, which has been rather over-hyped by the media like you wouldn’t believe – it’s only a bit of wind and rain, people.

The official Bloodybigspider Christmas bash was on Thursday night and involved some amazing food courtesy of The Breakfast Club… as well as a drink or two, naturally. It wasn’t as crazy as you might have expected though; we were all well behaved and fresh as daisies come Friday morning.

This week our very own designer Sam was interviewed by Channel 9 News Australia and East London Lines when he took an afternoon stroll to Cereal Killer Café on Brick Lane. Looks like we’ve got a bit of a celeb on our hands, here! Keep an eye out for his blog post next week when he’ll tell you whether it’s cereal killer or not.

BBS Creative Director Steve was also interviewed about all things graphic design by former BBS intern David Durbin (now in his new role at Hiive); see what the man himself had to say.

Next week is the final week for us in the marketing team before the Christmas holidays, which means it’s probably going to be very, very hectic. It’ll all be worth it in the end though, and before we know it, the man with the big sack (I do mean Santa) will be climbing down our chimneys.

So without further ado, here’s some of the best of the web this week:

Why not share your favourite links with us? Merry weekend!

BBS Team


Pieces from a vintage Batman board game

6 vintage board game boxes more interesting than the games

What was your favourite board games as a child?

Though I turned 30 last month, I’m still very much in denial and am really just an eight year old at heart (hence the Bungle jumper I’m currently rocking in the office, and the Sleeping Beauty DVD on my desk that I just got from Amazon). So I can still clearly remember the hours spent playing Atmosfear (a terrifying board game that made you turn of all the lights and put on a video with a scary narrator who screams at you), and the squeals of delight at slumber parties when somebody whipped out Dream Phone, the game that has girls ringing up 24 boys, all with their own favourite sports, clothes and hangouts’ on a fake phone. I really thought I’d get Zack Morris on the line one day and life would change forever.

Sadly board games weren’t always so high tech, so the manufacturers needed some pretty snazzy boxes to trick kids into thinking they were having fun. Here are a few of the best looking we’ve come across. I’m still not sure the artwork would have children queuing up at Toys ‘R’ Us – there’s only so much you can do to dress up a dull-as-dishwater Victorian board game – but we think they’re pretty nice:


OK, so this isn’t strictly a boardgame; it’s actually a barber’s pole fashioned into a hoop toss. Yee-ha! Boring game, nice box that looks like it might have sweets in it.


‘For the amusement of youth of both sexes. Designed with a view to promoting progressive improvement of the juvenile mind, and to deter them from pursuing the dangerous paths of vice.’ Oh, Victorians. I’m cheating again because this is a photo of the board itself, but I’m fairly sure the box’s design would have been equally intricate, ornate and didactic.


Alright, tiddlywinks isn’t technically a board game either. Sorry this list is a bit of a farce isn’t it? But look at this box! It’s beautiful, and the whole family looks like it’s having a moderate amount of gentle fun without getting too carried away. Lovely.


Has there ever been a better name for a game? There’s no mystery here: it’s a geographical game and it’s for young folks. Why mess around with clever, appealing titles when you can just get straight to the point? This marvellous 1890s game lets boys everywhere share the benefit of their geographic wisdom with silly little girls who look like dolls.


Oh look, doesn’t that golden shimmering lithographed cardboard box make you feel like a royal? ‘Fetch me my Riibezahl, Thomas, I am in the mood for merrymaking.’ This German game seems to be about castles or kings, or something.


From what I can work out, this is an old Swedish wooden puzzle, and don’t the children look like they’re enjoying themselves? This box is pretty stylish and sophisticated for a jigsaw. I suspect the finished picture will be of an expensive hand soap.

So, what was your favourite childhood boardgame, and was its box as cool as these?

NB: Thanks to New Old StockLänsmuseet Gävleborg and wackystuff for these awesome photos!

Siobhan O'Brien Holmes