Final Project – Week 14

UK Club Culture

I discovered Clubbed – a crowd-funded printed publication, conceived as a graphic design reference book (but could also easily be considered a deluxe coffee table book) which celebrates the visual side of UK club culture, and features flyers from iconic British clubs such as the Haçienda in Manchester, Cream and the Ministry of Sound, designed by the likes of Peter Saville, The Designers Republic, Anthony Burrill and Spin.

A quote by one of the contributors, Jackmaster, nicely sums up the symbiotic relationship between the visual and music worlds: “Great graphic design has always been intrinsically linked with our favourite record labels and I’m proud to say we managed to do the same with Numbers. It’s an honour to be included in this book alongside so many designers, labels and artists we admire.” (Kickstarter 2018)


Critical Report

This week I made a point of reviewing my draft critical report with a copy writer friend. It was useful to do so, because she was able to give me some pointers on what I might want to flesh out more and encouraged me to think about how I can more explicitly link my research to the design aspect. We also discussed aspects of my literature review and how these can inform my final design work.

As a result, I am considering adjusting my research question to: “What is the cultural value of independent music venues in Edinburgh, and how can memories of the city’s lost venues be preserved through design?


Tutorial session 06/06/22

Notes from an evening tutorial session with Ben and Emma R.

  • Reviewing my research to date, and affirming that it makes sense to have honed in on a specific venue (Studio 24) and time period (circa early 2000s), particularly within the scope of the remaining time allocated for the project
  • Things to think about: getting really clear on what I am trying to achieve with my final major project, such as how to communicate the cultural value of venues and preserving memories in a visual way
  • Looking at formal and informal cultural archiving/archival practice (and where this can potentially intersect with music?)

After the tutorial session, I managed to track down a guide by the National Archives entitled Archive Principles and Practice: An introduction to archives for non-archivists which explains different ways of collecting, archiving and cataloguing artefacts. I think this may prove useful for context, in terms of the more formal methods used to record and collect certain types of cultural phenomena, though naturally it is much more challenging to “capture” the more intangible ones such as dance, music and other experiential forms of culture.


Peer session 10/06/22

Peer session with Lorri and Tim, which was a chance for each of us to discuss where we are with our dissertation writing and the creative side of the final major project.


References

F37 FOUNDRY. 2018. ‘Clubbed: A Visual History of UK Club Culture’. Vimeo [online]. Available at: https://vimeo.com/252852907 [accessed 12/06/2022].

F37 GOODS. 2022. ‘Clubbed.’ Available at: https://f37foundry.com/goods/clubbed [accessed 12/06/2022]

KICKSTARTER. 2018. ‘Clubbed: A Visual History of UK Club Culture’. [online]. Available at: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/face37/clubbed-a-visual-history-of-uk-club-culture [accessed 12/06/2022].

THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES. 2016. Archive Principles and Practice: An Introduction to Archives for Non-Archivists. Available at: https://cdn.nationalarchives.gov.uk/documents/archives/archive-principles-and-practice-an-introduction-to-archives-for-non-archivists.pdf [accessed 08/06/2022].