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April 27, 2012

After the Jump

Furniture by Todd Oldham
© AP Photo / Carlos Osorio
Source: AP Images

Grace Bonney from Design*Sponge introduces her new onine radio program After the Jump, in which she seeks to get at the heart of the design process by talking to the artists themselves. Her first interview took place Monday, with designer Todd Oldham, whose designs have been featured in Target and Felissimo. Todd shares the inspiration for his work, tips on collaboration and building a team, and working for large corporations vs. small companies. He also describes the process of his creations ranging from furniture to graphic design. Todd's friendly personality and creative nature shine through the interview and shed light on his unique creations. You can listen to the interview here at Heritage Radio Network. After the Jump will air every Monday from 12:00 to 12:30 featuring fun interviews on the latest topics in art and design.

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April 25, 2012

Detroit Institute of Art online images

The Detroit Institute of Arts is one of the world's premier art museums, and just a short trip from here. But you may still want to browse the collection from your own computer from school or home. Two options exist for viewing the portion of their collection which has been presented online.

You can search the collection on the DIA's own website.
Searching, for example, John Stanley Mix's Indian Telegraph (1860), results in the following:

Rolling your cursor over the image functions as a magnifying glass, giving great detail.

ARTstor also has over 1,500 images from the collection:

Selecting an image yields a separate window containing image with high zoom. Since ARTstor is a subscription database, you will need to log in with your University of Michigan password to download these images and to take advantage of other tools offered.

For futher assistance finding images, contact us at imageworks@umich.edu

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April 20, 2012

"The Venetian Dilemma" (video review)

City of Venice
© G. W. Willard
Source: AAEL Digital Image Collection

The Venetian Dilemma
Produced and directed by Carole Rifkind, Richard Rifkind

While tourism rapidly increases every year, Venice's population, like the city itself, has been dramatically sinking. Little shops and businesses have been pushed out for shops and bars that cater to tourists, and the residents of Venice worry that the Venice they’ve known is disappearing. Mayor Roberto D’Agostino has great plans for pushing Venice forward with new industry and the proposal of a subway to the mainland. However, native inhabitants of the city worry this will only increase tourism, and argue that more should be done to provide better housing and services for those who already live there. Presenting both sides, the film explores the tension between the conflicting desires for modernity and the preservation of culture in Venice.

This video is among the many available to borrow from Imageworks in the Art, Architecture and Engineering Library. Search for videos in Mirlyn or in our video database.

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April 18, 2012

Digital Images Rights Computator

Developed by Visual Resources Association, the Digital Image Rights Computator (DIRC) program is intended “to assist the user in assessing the intellectual property status of a specific image documenting a work of art, a designed object, or a portion of the built environment”.

DIRC allows user to make informed decisions regarding the intended educational uses of that image.

The interactive program gives a series of questions addressing five variables:

1. The copyright status of the underlying work represented in the image.

2. The copyright status of the photographic reproduction.

3. The specific source from which you have obtained the image under consideration.

4. Any terms of use or contract that may govern the uses of this image.

5. The intended use(s) of this image.

After all questions are answered user presented with a color-coded grid, the answer is highlighted.

via Visual Resources Association

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April 13, 2012


Many factors go into typography and design today that involve more than just font design. One of these factors is called kerning, and this represents the spacing between letters both for design aesthetic and readability. Take the Kerntype challenge to learn just how it’s done and see if you have an eye for it. For more design challenges check out Method of Action where you can learn the latest tips and tools about design for any skill level.

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April 10, 2012

Updated Mapping Gothic France

Saint Julien Cathedral, Le Mans, France
© Saskia Ltd. Cultural Documentation
Source: AAEL Digital Image Collection

In 2010, we wrote an entry about the exciting beginnings of the project Mapping Gothic France. Since then the site has been updated to include many more Gothic churches, images, and options for viewing. One of the new features includes the Pasteboard, which allows you to sort the churches as needed for visual analysis and comparisons. You can sort images of various church aspects from frontispieces to parametric sections in any order you need. Be sure to check out the new Simulation model as well, an interactive resource for learning about the structural dynamics of stone arches. Remember, the site is still a work in progress, so keep checking back for future additions and resources.

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April 05, 2012

"Robert A.M. Stern" (video review)

15 Central Park West, New York
© AP Photo / Richard Drew
Source: AP Images

Robert A.M. Stern: 15 Central Park West and the History of the New York Apartment House

Architect Robert A.M. Stern expresses his lifelong interest in New York City, and takes us on a tour of its unique apartment buildings from the past and present. Contrasting them with traditional Parisian apartments, Stern demonstrates how early 20th century apartments in NY redefined what apartment housing was. In the early 1900’s NY was growing rapidly and row houses were no longer enough. Architects Philip Hubert, and James Pirsson had the idea of building apartments that were essentially part of a large home and community. They provided dining, laundry service, and communal rooms for entertaining. This new approach to apartment styles lead to the popularity of apartment living amongst the wealthiest members of society. Stern examines these elaborate apartment buildings such as the Dakota Apartments, 998 Fifth Ave., and 740 Park Ave and describes how they were influential to his own work, 15 Central Park West. Through this comparison, Stern highlights how he drew from the early 1900’s to create a modern apartment building that retained the spirit of the original grand New York City apartments.

This video is among the many available to borrow from Imageworks in the Art, Architecture and Engineering Library. Search for videos in Mirlyn or in our video database.

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April 03, 2012

Google maps: The Amazon

Ever wanted to explore the Amazon? Well now you can from the comfort of your own home, with Google maps. In an effort to raise awareness of the precious and endangered ecosystem of the Amazon River and its tropical rainforests, Google launched a campaign to create “street views” of the river and its magnificent jungle surroundings. Check out films for how Google created this innovative project, or just sit back and enjoy the stunning sights along the river.

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