Bloody Good Period – An Interview with Becca Liversidge

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Bloody Good Period (BGP) was founded in 2016 by the inspirational Gabby Edlin, created with the aim to end period poverty in the UK by supplying period products to asylum seekers, refugees and those who can’t afford them. The not-for-profit organisation has a large social outreach and a dedicated team of fans, followers and volunteers, all armed with buckets of menstrual knowledge. A Studio Of Our Own (ASOOO) met Gabby in early 2018 for a Pass It On interview, and after hitting it off the two began working together, starting with the re-design of BGP’s website. Since then, collaborations on other BGP campaigns have followed; such as the 2018 Christmas fundraiser Festive Period – #‘FlowHoHo’ – and social posts for About Bloody Time, as well as the upcoming Bloody Funny event, BGP’s yearly stand-up comedy fundraiser, now in its third year. In previous years, audiences have been entertained by comedians such as Cariad Lloyd, Rachel Parris and Sara Pascoe, and this year the show promises to be bigger than ever, taking over Union Chapel on September 19th.

How does BGP’s look demonstrate the organisation’s core values and ethos?
From a design perspective, Gabby always wants BGP to be genuine and straight to the point – no pastels, baby pinks or blue blood. She wants accuracy and straight-forwardness, but also heart and acceptance and humour. BGP is a force to be reckoned with; its look will always reflect this by being bold, punny and a little bit cheeky.

What did you want to achieve through the Bloody Funny 2019 identity?
When creating the assets for Bloody Funny, we wanted the design to be punchy and bright, with strong punk references and a nod to DIY protest culture. Some of the UK’s best and brightest comedic talent will be performing on the night, and we want to honour that through the design. These comedians are unashamedly celebrating, supporting and poking fun at something which is (unfortunately) still not openly talked about; it was important to us that Bloody Funny’s design should shout about it too.

Why is it important for charitable organisations like BGP to have a strong, recognisable design?
Good design helps to unify and solidify an identity. Gabby has built an organisation that’s not only changing the lives of hundreds of people every day, but one that’s sure of itself and unapologetically real – something we aim to reflect through its design. A strong, recognisable look will help to spread and consolidate Bloody Good Period’s already powerful, important message at first glance.

Why do you think designers should create for good?
We believe it’s really important for designers and creative agencies to get involved with design for good causes. At ASOOO we’re big fans of the First Things First manifesto, and we believe if every organisation considered it the world would be a better, fairer place. Creating for good is beneficial, fun, uplifting and it can start a positive domino effect. What better use of your skills is there?

Bloody Funny 2019 tickets are now live and available to buy via The Dots. Final line-up to be announced. The evening will be packed with comedic gold, special activities, themed food, drink and more! 

Written by Becca Liversidge