FAT 2 Practical Work ‘The Hidden Museum’

I recently handed in my visual work for the FAT 2 outcomes for the practical module for my MA in graphic Design.

My project was based around an app that allowed access to view usually unseen artifacts from museums through Glasgow. I designed a logo and poster for this project. the poster design is included here. I hope to develop this idea for the final submission.

The poster also includes one of my photographs of an ancient Assyrian relief in the British Museum.

Hidden Musuem

Hidden Musuem app poster


Robin Johnston


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Robin Johnston is a Scottish urban photographer and video producer based in Glasgow, Scotland UK with a large portfolio of work. Most of his photographs concentrate on strong contrasts in light, texture and form, making reference to Film Noir, photographers like Brassai and Bill Brandt and painters such as Giorgio de Chirico. http://www.robinjohnston.photography/

His 2011 video, Death of Light in Symmetry, is currently traveling with Water, Water Everywhere: Paean to a Vanishing Resource .

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Lovely Ugly : The legacy of concrete in Brutalist architecture

Some of my earliest memories as a child are of the concrete-dominated streets of the Sottish new town of Cumbernauld. Memories of going to see Star Wars at the age of 3-4 in what seemed to me to be a subterranean concrete dungeon, has left a lasting impression on my imagination. As did visits to see my Grandmother in her top floor flat in the Nitshill high rise, with its graffiti, dingy lifts, dark halls and decrepit shops. At the time it felt like a damp and ugly labyrinth.


Cumbernauld Town Centre

These vivid memories have also played a part in my choice of subject matter when it came to producing images. Glasgow was not short of concrete underpasses and high rise building. The grey drab weather-soaked surfaces were both ugly and strangely beautiful in a certain light, both at night and during the day.

This was a while before I learned of the post-war legacy of brutalist architecture as a world movement for rehousing the masses, heavily influenced by Utopian modernist design ideas (again borrowing heavily from the Bauhaus).

It was a form of architecture that Glasgow embraced with open arms, and has been as controversial here as elsewhere. Since then the city has been doing its best to forget the post war period, with the demolition of prominent city landmarks like the Red Road and Whitevale flats.

There has been recently a change of heart however with the coming renovation of the crumbling masterpiece St. Peter’s seminary in Cardross, on the outskirts of Glasgow.

St. Peters Seminary, Cardross

St. Peter’s Seminary, Cardross

Recently I photographed some interiors of the Whitevale flats, and the small cramped rooms and stairwells felt more like a vertical prison than a residential building. This combined with recent visits back to Cumbernauld reminded me how lucky I was to have escaped at an early age.

Still, the surfaces and shapes of concrete architecture still evoke a strong emotional response in me. Buildings like the National Theatre in London, the Ballardian atmospherics of underpasses and the creativity of designers like Le Corbusier still hold a fascination for me. They still feel like the landscapes of nostalgic science-fiction.

These are often lonely spaces, blank surfaces and alienating environments, yet many of these buildings have endured and have generated a global appreciation for their inventive approach to design.

Such ultra-modernist forms are endlessly fascinating to me, and no doubt I can still trace this back to early childhood memories. Memories that will no doubt help shape any design work I am involved with from now on.

Practice 1 Project Update

Here are some updated versions of my ‘Illuminated’ themed project design and drawings. The design creates a ‘B’ shape for the first word in the passage the drawing represents, (from the book The Martian Chronicles) which is ‘Before’. I’m not sure if the letters work as part of the design at the moment.

Although the letters I have used are lorem ipsum, as I did not want to use text from the book itself. The second one incorporated some aging textures, and the design lost some of it’s luster I think. Please let me know if you have any thoughts.