Whitefriargate research: Email research proved useful

I thought I would keep you guys posted with what I’ve been doing recently within the research task for our client project. I thought I would start doing some more online based research, and thankfully I managed to find some interesting results. I was browsing a local forum and discovered that there was a shop on Whitefrairgate called Kardomah, which then made me think of the venue Kardomah94 not far from where the original Kardomah was located. Turns out Kardomah Café’s were a chain of coffee shops which were located throughout England, Wales and Paris so I thought it would be in the best interest of the project that I emailed Kardomah94 to see if there was any relation between the two, the response I got was rather interesting. This was the email I received.

Thanks for being in touch.  There is no link but I do have a couple of photos of the old Kardomah in Whitefriargate from the 60’s.  There’s also a photo book in the History Centre with a photo of the frontage of the Whitefriargate Kardomah as it was exposed a few years ago. .  A book ‘Memories of Hull’ has a page about ¼ way in showing the Kardomah frontage with crowds in front, assumed to be waiting for a procession. Good luck with it.  There is a website dedicated to the Kardomah brand with further info.  Radio Humberside did a radio article not too long ago, contact June above.’

This was great news as the individual who wrote to me managed to give me plenty of leads for our project and also showed us that we had missed some information from one of the books we had in the studio. I have written back to Malcom and waiting on receiving information to see if we can get hold of the photographs he mentioned but regardless he managed to get me contact with June who works for the BBC. I followed Malcom’s advice and contacted Joan in regards to our project in which she was very helpful and gave me the name of another shop called ‘The Lions Café’ and has set up a visit for me to meet her in person and discuss things further. Once I have spoken with Joan I will post more about my research and have plenty more to tell, and possibly might get us some exposure about our project in regards to the BBC. Also want to thank both Malcom and Joan for providing us with information to help us with our project.

I also wanted to note I found some images on the net which could have been useful although they had no date on them although they looked 1950-1960’s but I didn’t want to take the risk so decided to contact them personally. After speaking to a member of the Library staff the only advise they gave me was to write to them and to see if someone in a higher department could step in and help me for my research although im unsure of how successful this lead could be.

Client project: the beginning

With the new academic year comes new projects to get us out of our comfort zones and to get us to practice, test and apply what we have learned. Our tutors delivered the class along with giving us our project brief. Before going into detail with the brief, we were shown previous projects in order to give us an understanding of what we have to strive towards in regards to our project being successful. Alongside this, we had members of previous year groups talking to us about their project and how they managed workflow and working as a team.

The project which we have been tasked with is to build the surrounding area of whitefriargate in the 1960’s and had to including streets such as land of green ginger, silver street and parliment street. With a task like this it would be critical and obvious to tackle research first as a team in order to get an understanding of the area within this particular time period then slowly each of us go into our particular assigned fields to begin to develop the research into something visual. Our precise year for this task is 1966 so its important that this is taken into account as we can use things that happened within that year to our advantage rather then just generalizing the entire project.

Sadly, I was unable to attend the lesson in which people began to photograph the surrounding area but the class took some really good photographs in which I was able to gain an understand of the area as I never really paid as much attention when visiting whitefrairgate, nor had I explored the surrounding area in detail so these photographs really helped to give me an inkling to the area. Also with our group agreeing on using photorealism, the photographs will be needed for the texturing but it is likely more photos will probably be needed.

Me and another classmate decided that the best way to get our research would be if we visited the Hull History Centre. We did this and explored through what the centre had to offer and we did find lots of interesting articles although when we tried to print them the quality was too poor and we decided that it would be best to let someone else try another occasion, in which two more students went and came back with some images so the time didn’t go to waste. I think the visit to the history centre was worth it because reading through the newspapers gave me a feel for the 60’s and allowed me to better understand the era locally. My other methods of research have been through reading several books on the 60’s in which I was able to collect some information which I believe could prove useful for the task at hand, although some of it may be indirect as the books themselves didn’t all point to that area but it was hull during that time period so gave me an idea for the environment and life in that era.

Asset consideration: My intensions regarding my designs

I have decided that I would like to look into assets for our whitefriargate project so I thought the first thing at hand would be to research into a list of assets then looking at the 60’s equivalent. It is important that during my research I make sure that not only the assets are historically accurate and were around in that time period but also that they are designed so they fade naturally into the street. I thought the best place to begin my research would be to look at David Perry’s Game Design a brainstorming toolbox. Within this book he gives lists of different assets which may appear in a street ranging from homeless people to vacant lots. He also gives a list of objects with cultural meaning, which I feel would be good to this project as we can add influences from Hull to give it some history. From this list, I have made notes of objects he has mentioned within this book so I can use this as a guideline to explore assets that I may have not previously thought of, the asset ideas he mentions (and that I find relevant to my project) are as follows;

City street objects

  • Street signs
  • Advertising signs
  • Street vendors
  • Street performers
  • Bicyclists
  • People going to and from work
  • Homeless people
  • Loiterers
  • Animals
  • Lit area (various kinds of lamps)
  • Accident areas (flares on road/repairs/special vehicles)
  • Lamp poles
  • Drains and grates
  • Benches
  • Cobblestone streets
  • Brick streets
  • Trash
  • Trashcans
  • Newspaper kiosks
  • Storefronts
  • Land marks
  • Graffiti
  • Construction sites
  • Street sales
  • Bicycles/scooters

Objects with cultural meaning

  • Flowers (in general)
  • Roses
  • Formal suit?
  • Daises
  • Forget-me-nots
  • Lilies
  • Ribbons (in support for causes)
  • Flowers in hair (can mean different things in different cultures)
  • Flags
  • Musical instruments
  • Animals

I thought I would also note some assets from the top of my head which would likely appear in a typical street although at this moment in time I am unsure if they are all historically accurate as I’m unsure of the time period they appeared but for now I thought I would note them;

  • Bins
  • Benches
  • Litter
  • Signage
  • Street lamps
  • Drains
  • Odd plants/weeds
  • Pipes
  • Flags
  • Traffic signs
  • Cigarette ends
  • Trees
  • Clothes rails
  • Bikes
  • Bike rails
  • Telephone box

I think as this project continues I will be able to add more to this list but for now I feel this will be enough for myself as a starting point. What I will do now is research into each of these things to find the 1960’s variation of that asset and begin to make sketches and art work of that particular asset, then when I’m comfortable with how the design process is going I will bring it into 3dsmax and build it in which I can present it to the group in order to get criticism and to correct anything that needs fixing.