RESEARCH PROJECT 2013-2015
GRAPHIC DESIGN / EDITORIAL DESIGN / BRANDING / ILLUSTRATION / PRODUCT DESIGN
“…there is a common misconception that deaf people live in a world of silence.” Evelyn Glennie (1993). Deaf people can experience music. There is not a loss of music; it is just a different experience of it.
The DF Sharp research investigates the way in which deaf people experience music.
The audience has been defined as both deaf and hearing people. The aim of this research is to share the knowledge gained through the journey into music and deafness. To make people aware of the fact that music is also for the deaf, trying to include them in the music industry and events. Finally, to encourage deaf people to get involved with music, and get advantage of all its benefits, and to educate people on how to fully experience music, using the senses of hearing, touch and sight.
Special thanks to: Russ Palmer, Paul Whittaker and Danny Lane, owners of Music and the Deaf organisation, and Ruth Montgomery, Jennifer Castellano and Peter Stelmacovich
The research has been named ‘DF#’, which is a musical chord. Furthermore, ‘D’ and ‘F’ (‘de’ and ‘ef’) sound like the word ‘deaf’.
A bag, which packages all the sub-projects together, has been designed. The user can hold the bag close to a speaker or speak close to it and feel the vibrations of music.