Dan ClarkeDesign Director
Dan Clarke is an Irish born, UK based creative specialising in user interfaces for digital platforms. Dan is the founder of Arkotype, a project which combines the subject matter of video games with graphic design.
What influence does music have in your life as a creative?:
I tend to gravitate towards music that marries up with my aesthetic (if that makes sense) – I was really into deep progressive house music growing up, and I think part of it’s appeal for me was the order, and ‘neatness’ of it – I had a short lived career as a ‘hobbyist’ DJ, but the majority of Blackburn’s audience weren’t overly appreciative of very niche and deep house music.
I believe that music is an essential tool for designers – it helps me to set the tone and pace of my working practice, and it’s as valid an inspiration as a poster, film or book.
Tell us about your playlist:
I’ve pulled together a selection of tracks from various ‘studio’ playlists I’ve compiled over the last few years. It’s a balanced mixture of electronica, house, soul and some alternative choices – Hopefully you’ll enjoy it as something to work along to.
- Nothing It Can – Helios
- Spring At Last – Pete Josef
- Percées – PAVANE
- Cognitive Dissonance – Scuba
- Sycamore – John Metcalfe
- In The Midst – sir Was
- Coronus, the Terminator – Flying Lotus
- Plastic 100°C – Sampha
- On New Year’s Eve (Reprise) – Blaue Blume
- Generation Why – Weyes Blood
- Baby – Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti
- Went Missing – Nils Frahm