Clubbed: a visual history of UK club culture

fabric — INTRO, Jonathan Cooke & Roberto Rosolin

Clubbed: a visual history of UK club culture

UK is a tribal nation. Clubs have had a look and strong identity from the days of one-off nights in seedy Soho basements through to the rigorously branded nightclubs of today. The right shoes for the right dancefloor, the correct clothes for dancing and how we present our club nights. The look is as important as the sound. It’s imprinted in our clubbing DNA.

The UK has given birth to some of the world’s most iconic nightclub and electronic music brands. Each club is so distinct, its unique identity, sound and community of music lovers stretches far beyond the UK.

Clubbed celebrates the best graphic design in UK clubs. The book will feature logos, posters, photography, tickets, menus, cover art, signage, lanyards, fonts and, yes, flyers from the last 35 years. The deluxe hardback will feature a dazzling collection of never-before-published materials and a specially commissioned editorial from Bill Brewster.

The book 

This beautifully conceived graphic design reference book is separated into chapters celebrating the UK’s most famous clubs and legendary nights. We will celebrate the past, but also journey to the present, focusing on the most forward-thinking graphic designers working in clubs today. We start the journey in the 1980s with the Haçienda, then head off into a dizzying road journey via Mansfield, Liverpool and several points in between before alighting at the Printworks in London with some of the modern era’s best graphic design work.

Many of the graphics in the book are pre-digital and internet so a lot of time has been spent scanning old transparencies, bromides and retouching physical hard copies. In some cases the graphics have been recreated from scratch down to every minute detail. The highly-produced cover features diamond dust mimicking a dark and ethereal club environment.