November 22, 2013

Eames Lounge Chair

Charles and Ray Eames
Lounge Chair and Ottoman 1956
Image © Davis Digital Images
Source: AAEL Digital Images

Charles and Ray Eames were renowned for their chair designs. One of their most famed creations is the Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman, designed in 1956 for Michigan's Herman Miller.

In addition to online images of the chair, Imageworks also has several dvds about the lounge chair available to check out:

How we make the Eames lounge chair: six new films about the classic

The films of Charles and Ray Eames: volume 5

Includes their film "Eames lounge chair: Assembly of the famous chair at hyperwarp speed"

Design. Vol. 2

Includes segment on the lounge chair

Charles and Ray Eames
Lounge Chair and Ottoman 1956
Image © Creative Concepts of California
Source: AAEL Digital Images

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May 06, 2013

New Materials!

LED Wallpaper, Architects Paper
Source: Material ConneXion

Our latest shipment from Material ConneXion is here, so we have over 200 new samples of the newest innovative materials for you to examine! Cow rumen, stingray leather, paper made from reclamation of Detroit's brownfields, LED wallpaper, curve-corners for drywall - many sources of inspiration for creative applications by engineering, architecture, and art students and faculty.

Check them out in Imageworks, and for further information consult the Material ConneXion database.

Sunflower Remediation Paper, Co-Lab
Source: Material ConneXion

Stingray leather, Keleen Leathers, Inc.
Source: Material ConneXion

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January 28, 2013

Object of the Day

Subscribe to "Object of the Day" from the Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum - or just bookmark the page. Every day an item from the museum's collection is featured, with a quick description. Featured objects range from posters to textiles to book covers to fans. We're partial to books, so here's a sampling of them:

Detail of binding by Sangorski & Sutcliffe of London, ca. 1907.
Wine, women, and song; mediaeval Latin students’ songs now first translated into English verse, by John Addington Symonds.
Chatto & Windus, 1884. Smithsonian Libraries. PA8164 .S98.

Plates 5-7 from De la loi du contraste simultané des couleurs, by Chevreul, Michel Eugène.
Published by Pitois-Levrault et cie., 1839. Smithsonian Libraries. ND1488 .C52 1839.

Book cover: Selected Poems by Ezra Pound. Designed by Alvin Lustig.
Gift of Susan Lustig Peck. 2001-29-7.

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July 27, 2012

Let the Games Begin!

Ralph Lavers, Torch, 1947
Cast hiduminium and perforated steel
Weight: 0.8 kg, Height: 47 cm with burner, Diameter: 22.6 cm
©Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Source: Victoria and Albert Museum Image Collections

The Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games is Friday, July 27. The dramatic high point of the ceremony in recent years has been the lighting of the cauldron with the Olympic torch. We'll celebrate this event with a few examples of the Olympic torch from our image databases:

Diego Rivera, Mosaics [detail] on Olympic Stadium, Mexico City, ca. 1956
© Scott Gilchrist, Archivision
Source: Archivision Architectural Images

The Olympic flame is brought from the Berlin stadium to Gruenau, August 1, 1936
© Associated Press
Source: AP Images

Chinese gymnast Li Ling carrying the torch during the Opening Ceremony of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, August 8, 2008
Source: Tim Hipps, U.S. Army [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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May 25, 2012

Sikorsky helicopters

Vought-Sikorsky XR-4C, 1942
Sikorsky Aircraft Company
Image © Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

Igor Sikorsky, the brilliant aviation designer and founder of Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, was born on this day in 1889. Originally from Kiev, he emigrated to the United States in 1919. He set the standard for helicopers in 1942 with the XR-4, the world's first mass-production single-rotor helicopter. The XR-4 helicopter pictured above was used by the Army Air Corps in World War II and is now in the collection of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. The Washington, D.C. museum has a fine collection of Sikorsky aircraft, as well as myriad other avation and space objects, and some are represented in their online image gallery.

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May 11, 2012

Movie Car Database

Still Image from GoldenEye, 1995
Source: Internet Movie Car Database

Searching for photos of your favorite car, need some images of high action chase scenes, or wondering what that car was in the last movie you saw? Check out Internet Movie Car Database, where you can search for around 383,995 different cars by manufacturer, movie, TV show or even cartoon. Real car buffs can participate in helping name unknown cars from various movies by checking out the unidentified section with film stills of mystery cars.

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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 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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March 28, 2012

The Noun Project

Symbols are all around us and are an important part of our everyday as they communicate ideas, directions, and information. They create a visual language that can be deciphered worldwide and that grows with the advancement of technology. The Noun Project encourages the sharing and creation of new symbols, as well as providing dialogue in their blog about the process of designing symbols. Check out The Noun Project Blog for more information on the design, the invention of symbols, and their various uses in technology and art.

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March 15, 2012

The Art of Video Games

March 16, 2012 – September 30, 2012

One major question the art world grapples with today asks: Are video games art? The Smithsonian American Art Museum has answered this question in the positive with its latest exhibition: The Art of Video Games. This exhibit is designed to recognize the creativity, storytelling, technology and elements of art and design that are all part of a video game. Featuring games chosen by popular vote such as Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, Halo 2, and The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, artistic elements are examined in videos and prints of stills selected from the games. The exhibition also takes a look at the history of video games and their systems from the Atari to the PS3. The Art of Video Games opens this weekend with GameFest!, which will hold panel discussions with video game pioneers, designers, artists, and of course will feature live gaming. If you can’t make it out to Washington D.C., this groundbreaking exhibition is scheduled to travel, so check out the listings for the dates and location nearest you.

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March 08, 2012

Materials Collection open house

You have yet another reason to stop by Imageworks! We are now housing a collection of materials - 200 samples of the most advanced, innovative and sustainable materials and processes in the world! These samples are provided by Material ConneXion, and are a subset of the more than 6,000 samples available on their online database.

On Tuesday, March 13 from 4-6 p.m. we will have an Open House celebrating the collection - so come up to the 2nd floor of the Art, Architecture and Engineering Library and check it out!

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February 16, 2012

"Eames" (video review)

Charles Eames, Lounge Chair and Ottoman, 1956
Photo: Davis Digital Images
Source: AAEL Digital Image Collection

Eames: The Architect and The Painter
Narrated by James Franco

The works, lives, and abundant creativity of Charles and Ray Eames, the iconic couple whose work became the pinnacle of mid-20th century design, are examined in this film. Charles and Ray met while working at the Cranbrook Academy of Art here in Michigan. Subsequently they moved to L.A. with the dream of creating quality furniture for everyone, starting with their mass-producible plywood chair. They set up their studio in Venice, CA, and the rest is history. Their studio became known as the “Eamery” where creative artists and designers worked around the clock. Not limiting themselves to furniture, Charles and Ray explored a wide range of media including painting, architecture, film, and photography. Their amazing lives and the many accomplishments they achieved to re-create the very idea of design are still highly influential in the design world today.

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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November 28, 2011


Europeana is a cultural database featuring Europe’s conservation efforts for everything from art to science and to make these digital resources available to a wide audience. Musical scores by Mozart and Darwin’s The Voyage of the Beagle are among the many things to discover at Europeana. The site also includes virtual exhibitions that include Eastern European wedding traditions, Art Nouveau, and Yiddish Theatre in London. These exhibits incorporate sound recordings, photos and memoirs to provide a detailed sensory experience. Search for information by exhibitions, new content, provider, timeline or featured search today to discover some of Europe’s vast cultural treasures.

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October 25, 2011

Play Gallery

Play Gallery is the virtual exhibition space for the University of Michigan's School of Art and Design. The site offers a plethora of videos, images, interviews, tutorials, and news items about and by artists in the UM community. And, if you're an undergraduate or graduate student at the U, submit an image of your work for the image gallery!

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October 20, 2011

"Objectified" (video review)

A Swiss Dots Production
Produced and Directed by Gary Hustwit

From mass produced chairs to a Japanese toothpick, Gary Hustwit presents a detailed look at the design process and how design is behind most of the objects we use everyday. Hustwit interviews designers from companies such as Smart Design, Braun, and Apple who provide their inside views on design, its ever-changing nature, and the exploration of concepts such as mass production and the democratization of design. Parisian designers such as Erwan Bouroullec, Ronan Bouroullec, and Marc Newson talk about their inspiration in materials and how they conduct their design projects. Hastwit also further addresses issues of sustainability and the shift in importance to form over function to illustrate the main challenges designers face today.

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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June 07, 2011


Better Life Index
Source: Organisation of Economic Development

Infographics are visual representations of complex data. They deliver information quickly in a compact and clear way.

With this interactive chart of Better Life Index from Organisation of Economic Development you can compare countries based on 11 topics that OED finds essential in representing quality of life.

Here is an infographic showing how much energy computer related tasks take:

Source: Wordstream

After you looked through lots of useless infographics you might feel like this:

Source: Phil Gyford, Flickr
Attribution: CC BY-NC-SA 2.0
Phil Gyford, Infographic

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June 03, 2011

"The Shakers"

Shakers stand in front of the Meeting House at the Shaker Village in Canterbury, N.H., circa 1888.
© AP Photo/Canterbury Shaker Village
Source: AP Images

The Shakers: I don’t want to be remembered as a chair
A BBC-TV Production

This documentary thoughtfully examines the last remaining Shakers in America who are overshadowed by the popularity and perceived value of their quality furniture and crafts. While these Shakers prefer to be known for their faith and simple way of life, it is their material goods that have drawn the most attention. In interviews addressing their problematic identity, the Shaker members tell humorous anecdotes about their encounters with the general public. Yet the trend for anything Shaker amongst wealthy collectors, including celebrities like Oprah Winfrey, and the exorbitant prices they are willing to pay leave open the question of how the Shakers will be remembered.

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.

Bell Tower Building, Shaker Village, Canterbury, N.H.
© b givens
Source: flickr

Shaker Village in Canterbury, N.H.
© Miles Davis
Source: flickr

Shaker Village in Canterbury, N.H.
© E. Christopher Clark
Source: flickr

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May 10, 2011


Cumulonimbus Cloud Over Africa
"High above the African continent, tall, dense cumulonimbus clouds, meaning 'column rain' in Latin, are the result of atmospheric instability. The clouds can form alone, in clusters, or along a cold front in a squall line. The high energy of these storms is associated with heavy precipitation, lightning, high wind speeds and tornadoes."
Image credit: NASA

Warmer temperatures incline more of us to gaze at the clouds in the sky. How do we find what those clouds mean, and what they are called? As ever, NASA is a great resource for clouds. Search their image gallery for more photos.

You could also check out one of the Corel CDs in Imageworks' collection: Clouds. Each Corel CD has 100 high-resolution, royalty-free (but not copyright-free) images, covering a myriad of subjects. A few images from Clouds:

Nimbus clouds
Copyright © 2011 Imageworks and its licensors. All rights reserved.

Chinook clouds (stratus)
Copyright © 2011 Imageworks and its licensors. All rights reserved.

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March 29, 2011

Watermarks from Venice

Preclarissimus liber elementorum with figures
Euclides; Abelard of Bath (translation); Campanus of Novara (commentator)

© Bodleian Library, University of Oxford
Source: LUNA Commons, Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts

Currently at the Hatcher Graduate Library in the Special Collections on the 7th floor is an exhibition on early print books from Venice from the late 15th century onwards. Due to Venice’s many paper mills, its importance as a trading center, and its wealth of scholars and translators, printmakers traveled from France, Germany and all over Europe to work in this flourishing print environment. On display are books including the works of Aristotle and Euclid printed by Nicolaus Jenson, Erhard Ratdolt, Aldus Manutius and Andreas Torresanus. The innovations employed in print, from Ratdolt’s use of print for both text and graphics to Manutius’ design for smaller books, are displayed along with information on printing techniques, the use of watermarks, printing tools and the development of printed books in Greek. This captivating exhibit that tells the story of the printed book in Venice is well worth a visit before it ends on June 30th.

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March 04, 2011

"The Master Techniques of Marquetry" (video review)

Writing Table [detail], Jean-François Oeben, ca. 1761-1763
Image © The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Reproduction of any kind is prohibited without express written permission in advance from The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Master Techniques of Marquetry
By Silas Kopf

This how-to video also covers the history of marquetry and the various techniques employed in its creation and design. In his studio, Kopf first explains the difference between inlay and marquetry with their various advantages and disadvantages. He then displays the making of Parquetry, Boulle, Chevalet, and Piquage, explaining the differences in technique and the technological innovations that brought them about. With patterns ranging from simple checkerboards to elaborate pictures Kopf demonstrates the processes step by step, including the materials and tools he uses in the work. At the end of the video is a gallery displaying many of this artist's accomplished works.

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 07, 2010

Tim Brown - Penny Stamps Lecture

Tim Brown, IDEO

The last Penny Stamps Lecture of the semester will be given by Tim Brown, CEO of the design firm IDEO, on Thursday, April 8 at 5:10 pm at the Michigan Theater (free).

Brown's lecture is titled "From Design to Design Thinking". His is an expansive idea of the roots and responsibilities of good design, and IDEO's success is likewise indebted to a broad cultural perspective on the creative process.

For more information on Brown and IDEO see

Tim Brown's blog Design Thinking. profile of Tim Brown

Objectified DVD on designers including IDEO.

The book IDEO : masters of innovation in the AAE Library.

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March 03, 2010

Medical Icons

Free Medical Icons Set is a set with 60 original medical icons in .png 32 bit in resolutions 32×32px and 128×128px. It was designed by the user interface design agency Centigrade. The icons can serve as great in-app icons for desktop or RIAs in the medical domain.

Also you can find Medical Images on VRC Image Research Guide. You will see Medical Images tab there.

There is link to the VRC Image Research Guide on the main page of this blog too.

via Smashing Magazine

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January 05, 2010

Contemplating the Void

For the building’s 50th anniversary, the Guggenheim Museum invited more than two hundred artists, architects, and designers to develop a visionary concept for an installation/intervention in the Guggenheim's Frank Lloyd Wright Rotunda. Submissions were received from all over the world. Contemplating the Void: Interventions in the Guggenheim Museum will be on view at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York from February 12 to April 28, 2010.

Image above shows project Art Trap by architect Minsuk Cho, Mass Studies, Seoul. The project would separate the spiral museum interior from the void through the installation of an undulating plastic barrier. But this barrier would not be visually inert. Instead, it would have 180 “saddle-like seats” built into its inside face. Each of these seats would feature 5 holes – for the occupants legs, arms, and head – and would be accessible from short ladders or from the floor.

Contemplating the Void: The Central Park Market, Olson Kundig Architects, Seattle

Erratic Void, SelgasCano, Madrid

Experiencing the Void, JDS Architects, Oslo/Julien De Smedt


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December 22, 2009

Wishing you happy and prosperous New Year!

"What the New Year brings to you will depend a great deal on what you bring to the New Year."
Vern McLellan

"Every new year people make resolutions to change aspects of themselves they believe are negative. A majority of people revert back to how they were before and feel like failures. This year I challenge you to a new resolution. I challenge you to just be yourself."
Aisha Elderwyn

Visit NY Public Library's image collection for more images:

Hoiday Postcards

Greeting Cards

Here is Merry Christmas from France

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December 07, 2009

Click: Photography Changes Everything

The Smithsonian recently announced an online exhibition exploring how photography changes the way we see and experience the world. Invited contributors have offered essays and stories discussing how photography shapes our culture and our lives. The exhibition Click: Photography Changes Everything explores the following themes: Where We Go; What We Want; What We Do; What We See; What We Remember, and Who We Are. The deadline for submissions is Dec. 31, 2009, so click through today!

To submit your own photo and story, go here:

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November 12, 2009

Create your own font

At Font Capture you can create a font from your very own handwriting. There's no software to download and install, all you need is a printer and a scanner. Simply fill in the font template, scan and upload it to the website, and download your completed font. The fonts you create using Font Capture can be used on both Windows and Mac computers.

FontStruct is free font-building tool that enables users to quickly and easily create fonts constructed from geometric shapes arranged on a grid—like tiles or bricks. FontStruct is also a community site; in addition to the ability to share and download their constructions, users can also collaborate on, critique and discuss them through comments and private messaging.

Learn about other font creating tools:

via xmarks

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October 23, 2009


Designer Paul Burgess created ColorSuckr, a color app that extracts the 12 most common colors from any images and displays each color on a new page with the HEX, RGB and web safe color. You can choose from one of the photos on the main page, search Flickr, or input the URL of any webpage to find source material.


* Easily extract colors from photos and create color schemes.
* View results in XML, RSS and JSON formats.
* Download schemes as Adobe .ASE swatch file.
* Firefox addon that makes color extraction even easier provided.
* Provides a permanent link to the color scheme.
* Option to switch between the dark/light backgrounds.
* Free, no sign up required.

via download squad

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August 05, 2009

Animation Collections in the VRC

Are you interested in animation? Did you know that the Visual Resources Collection has tons of videos with great animated shorts? Some of the series showcasing great animation are the SIGGRAPH Computer Animation Festival, Resfest, and the Stash Series. The items on these collections range from award-winning animated shorts to clever ads. Visit the Visual Resources Collection to check out some great animation for this weekend!

image: Concept Art (Character development) by Tony Piedra for the animation Goobees. Please click the image to see the original site

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July 08, 2009

Eckersley Poster Archive on VADS

A good morning for some might be finding a good resource for vintage posters. One such resource is from the Visual Arts Data Service (VADS), a collection of posters by the graphic designer, Tom Eckersley. If you enjoy the Eckersley Collection, you may also want to peruse other poster collections on VADS, too, like Posters of Conflict and the Spanish Civil War Collection.

image: Advertisement for Gillete, Tom Eckersley, Eckersley Archive: University of Arts, London (1960)

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June 23, 2009

CC Zero and Public Domain

If you're creating an image, music or other type of creative work that you wish to designate as copyright free, how do you do so? Creative Commons has a copyright designation called CC0 which allows you to mark even newly created work as part of the public domain. Public domain means that anyone can use, alter, and sell the image, film, or music in question. The Stanford University Library Copyright & Fair Use page gives a good explanation of what it means for something to be part of public domain.

Public domain materials can be a great source for adding visual materials to your blog or online courses. Sometimes it can be difficult to determine whether items are part of the public domain. Digital Inspiration has a post up about using Google, Yahoo, and other sites like Digg to find public domain works. Below are a few other links that might help you determine and find works belonging to the public domain:

Public Domain Flow Chart
Copyright Durations
Cornell listing of Copyright Terms
Creative Commons blog entry including links to Science Commons and more

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June 04, 2009

Flash Catalyst

Adobe Flash Catalyst is a new Adobe product that might leave some designers jumping for joy. It's a tool that allows you to import a photoshop or illustrator file and create Flash content to save as a SWF file without no programming. Catalyst appears like it might be a great bridge between making visual content and programming for the web. Check out more demos and download a free 30-day trial here.

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June 03, 2009


Glocal is a collaborative project operated out of the Techlab at the Surrey Art Gallery. Its aim is to examine the role of digital images in culture.

Out of this project have come several useful tools. Two such tools that are a hybrid of browsing and analyzing are Image Breeder and Similarity Maps. These tools use similarities within the visual or compositional structure of images to group and compare them. In addition to these comparative tools, Glocal has also been working to teach users about the technical and historical aspects of making photographs. The software toolkits allow you to turn your computer's camera into "an innovative photographic device" with time lapse, exposure, and diptych tools. You can utilize the similar techniques as Muybridge, Marey, and other early photographers without leaving your laptop.

[via Deep Focus]

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May 28, 2009

Art on Air launched

After some restructuring at the MoMA and PS1, the radio station formerly known as WPS1 has become its own entity, Art International Radio (AIR). MoMA and PS1 have agreed to license much of the old material from WPS1 and the staff of AIR are working hard to create new features. You can choose between listening at AIR's website, listening through iTunes, Live365 or Real Player.

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May 08, 2009

Model as Muse at the Metropolitan

The Metropolitan Museum's Costume Institute is currently showing an exhibit entitled, Model as Muse which should pique the curiosity of anyone with an interest in the fashion industry. The show explores the relationship between high fashion clothing and its famous wearers, so on display side-by-side are fashion photography and designer apparel from 1947 - 1997. The curatorial talk (part 1 shown above)and some behind-the-scenes footage are available on the Met's YouTube Channel as a playlist, and more images can be seen on the exhibition's homepage.

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May 01, 2009

Walker Art Center's Sculpture Garden in Process

The Walker Art Center has been in the process of restoring Claus Oldenburg & Coosje Van Bruggen's Spoonbridge and Cherry, and we thought we'd take a moment to highlight the event to show how social networking sites allow museums the chance to have a different kind of interaction with their patrons. Whether you follow the Walker Art Center on Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, or Twitpic, you'd have the chance to get updates about lectures, parties, and happenings you might not hear about elsewhere. Many museums are jumping on board with the new technology, so look for links to "follow us" when browsing your favorite museum websites or search for them on your preferred social networks. You might just enjoy behind the scenes workings of museums and announcements like this or this.

All images from Walker Art Center's Flickr stream or Twitpic stream

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April 08, 2009


ArtBabble is a video website with only art-related content that went public Tuesday. The Indianapolis Museum of Art has partnered with several other institutions to bring high quality videos of artists and exhibitions to a central site. ArtBabble is simple, user friendly, and reminds its users they don't have to have an art degree to use the content. To help viewers find out more information on artists mentioned or tangential topics, ArtBabble has included a notes panel beside each video. This panel lists links to wikipedia entries for artists mentioned as well as related resources. Try it out today!

Story about the roll out in NYT. Become a Facebook fan of ArtBabble, here.

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March 27, 2009

Smart City Radio

Smart City Radio is a weekly talk show discussing different issues regarding urban life, lifestyle, and sustainability. The host of the show is Carol Coletta, president of CEOs for Cities and internationally recognized urban expert. Some of the recent topic have been Resilient cities, America's Transportation Strategy, and the History of Food. Whether you're a designer, planner, or just someone interested in being green, the weekly show might be a good addition to your podcast subscriptions.

iTunes subscription
mp3 feed

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March 17, 2009

Google SketchUp

Google has become synonymous with searching the internet, but many of us may be less acquainted with other Google offerings. Google SketchUp, as you can see in from the video above is downloadable software that allows you to create 3D models of just about anything. The program is fairly easy to use and can be translated into presentations using LayOut (watch the tutorial here). Dwell Magazine is even sponsoring a design contest using SketchUp models (details).

For more information check out the training page, SketchUp tutorials page, the SketchUp blog, or the SketchUp YouTube channel.

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March 10, 2009

E2 Series

If you're interested in environmentally conscious design, planning and architecture, the PBS series E2 Design might be of interest to you. The Visual Resources Collection owns season 1, 2, and 3. You can also watch the third season online for the time being at the E2 Design Website.

If you can't completely get you green fix from the episodes, there are PBS E2 podcasts to supplement each segment of the series. The PBS E2 site also provides teachers' guides and project suggestions to accompany the videos if shown in class.

logo above © Kontentreal and displayed here for promotional and educational reasons

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February 19, 2009

Historic American Buildings Survey & Historic American Engineering Record

The Library of Congress Memory Project has many interesting collections within it. One of the most useful might be the Built in America Collection. This collection hosts over half a million images, drawings and records for historic American structures dating all the way back to pre-Columbian times. It's the online access point for the Historic American Buildings Survey, Historic American Engineering Record, and the Historic American Landscapes Survey. You can visit the collection highlights page, where a sample from each of the fifty states is listed.

Image above: Interior Banking Room wall murals, Union Trust (Guardian) Building, Detroit, MI © Allen Stross

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February 03, 2009

Museum of Online Museums

Looking for something that doesn't fit neatly into a museum collection? Interested in vintage japanese robots? Or maybe you just want to peruse some images of boomboxes? Or maybe just want to see what a slide rule looks like?

The Museum of Online Museums is a listing of several different online resources. Some of them are standard like MoMA or the Rhode Island School of Design. Others are less well known but valuable like the National Portrait Gallery, and still others are obscure but might just suit your fancy. The list is a great place to check if you're having a hard time finding images in other resources. It helps fill in the gaps that some of the more academic sources might leave out. It's a great place to browse for ideas and new inspirations.

image: Mechagodzilla, Vintage Japanese Robots Collection, Wired photo © Richard Nichol

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January 15, 2009

Quick Time Videos in ARTstor

Through a partnership with Columbia University's Department of Art History and Archeaology, ARTstor now offers Quick Time Virtual Reality images known by their acronym as QTVR. These virtual reality nodes allow the viewer to experience the architectural space in 360º. The Visual Media Center a division of the Art & Archeaology department has documented many important ancient, Renaissance and Baroque architectural sites as well as a handful of contemporary works. You can read more about the project on ARTstor's site, here.

To search for these images, you must go to the advanced search function. Type QTVR in the keyword box and make sure "in any field" is selected from the drop down menu. Once you have your search results, you must click on the link labeled QTVR beneath each thumbnail. Clicking on the thumbnail alone will give you the simple still frame picture. While there isn't a direct way to download the QTVR clips as there is with the images, you can link to the QTVR in presentations or use QuickTime Pro to download the virtual realty clip.

Image: Le Corbusier, Church of Notre Dame du Haut, Ronchamp, France © Columbia University Visual Media Center, photographed by Andrew Tallon

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January 08, 2009

Lantern Slide Collections

Before there were digital images, glass or Plexiglas slides, there were lantern slides. Lantern slides are larger than more modern film-based slides and usually have dimensions between 3" and 4". Sometimes the slide is developed directly onto emulsion coated on the glass, and other times film is placed between two pieces of glass. In many cases the images are painstakingly hand-colored.

The Art, Architecture, & Engineering Library has its own Collection of Lantern Slides. The majority of the collection has been digitized, but many of the undigitized images are of poor quality, damaged or fragile.

Because lantern slides production ended with the advent of smaller more sturdy glass and film slides, their production ended in the mid-twentieth century. This makes them a great resource for historical images.

Click here to view a sampling of the Lantern Slide Collection.

There are other lantern slide collections available on the web, a good one to check out is the George Eastman House Collection. There is also the Walter McClintock Glass Lantern Slide Collection at Yale.

Click on the image to view information details.

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December 18, 2008

Creative Commons Explained

We've mentioned the Creative Commons a few times on this blog, so we thought we'd take a little bit of time to explain what it is incase you weren't already familiar with it. The Creative Commons was founded to help those in the image making business in order to make it easier to grant copyright on images and also to find and share those images. The two part function means that you can protect your work and use the Creative Commons engine as a search tool.

Let's start by looking at the image licensing. At first glance many of the licenses might sound a bit odd: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs, Attribution-ShareAlike? The Creative Commons uses a system of gradated copyright licenses. This way there's a little more lee way between a full all rights reserved copyright and a completely public image. You can check the Creative Commons license page for a full explanation.

Here's a brief description of what the symbols mean:
Attribution: All licenses require that you cite the source of the image.
No Derivative: You may not alter the image in your own work.
Non-Commerical: You can't use the image for any project that will make money.
Share Alike: If you alter or transform the image, you must relicense the image in the same way.

The search box at the Creative Commons allows you to check whether you want to find an image you can publish or alter. The image above was found using a Creative Commons search and is licensed as Attribution-Share Alike. This means that I must attribute the image to Al Abut's flickr page, and if I were to alter it in some way, I would have to alter the image as Attribution-Share Alike as well.

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December 10, 2008

iTunes U

In several of the entries, we've mentioned how particular institutions offer podcasts or streaming audio or video. However, there's also a great source of broader strictly educational material available on iTunes U. Many students and faculty may already be using the University of Michigan materials located on iTunes U, whether public lectures or private course offerings.

The Penny W. Stamps Lectures as well as TCAUP lectures are frequently posted to iTunes U, but access to audio and video podcasts through iTunes U is not limited only to University of Michigan programs. Many museums and other Universities also post lectures or instructional videos. In the Fine Arts category, for example, you can find everything from lectures on Rembrandt to demonstrations of how to use Final Cut Pro or Dreamweaver.

If you want to find lectures or performances from a museum, click the "Beyond Campus" button on the left of the screen, this will bring you to a list that includes institutions such as the Brooklyn Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the New York Public Library, and the National Science Digital Library. So, whether you're a mac or pc person, art student, chemistry major or engineering grad, there's something on iTunes U for you.

If you're a faculty member and are interested in offering extra items or recordings of your lectures on iTunes U contact: Make sure to check out the contribute page on Michigan's iTunes U for copyright policies and other instructions.

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December 04, 2008

Encyclopedia of New Media

Much of the documentation of video or multimedia art occurs in the form of film stills or photographs. If you've ever been frustrated by this, the Encyclopedia of New Media might be a great resource for you. In conjunction with the Centre Pompidou, the Encyclopedia of New Media is an online collection of video and multimedia artists. Under each artist, there is a brief biography, examples of work, and a bibliography. The exciting part of the site is that most of the work listed for each artist is available either as a quicktime, real media player or flash video.

The site also has an extensive general bibliography page that makes for a great resource for students and faculty interested in new media topics. The listing includes dozens of links to other video resources online.

Image: The Atlas Group Hostage : The Bachar Tapes #17 and #31, by Souheil Bachar 2001, Video PAL, colour, sound, 18' © Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (France)

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December 02, 2008

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Galleries and museums exhibition pages are one of the key ways to find really images of work from really contemporary artists and designers, but these institutions are making great strides to offer more than just nice images from their exhibitions. The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) has tons of interactive media, videos, and audio clips. The Museum has created special flash sites for about 80 different artists and exhibitions. The sites focus on some of the main concerns of each artists or major themes of a stylistic movement. Within the specialized sites are video and images, but SFMOMA also lists their video and audio offerings separately as well.

When you choose a video, there are lists of all the related media below it. This set-up makes it really easy to find connections among artists. For example, if you watch the installation of Sol LeWitt's drawing, you'll not only find links to the deinstallation video but also to his commentary on Eva Hesse's work.

SFMOMA also has an iTunes podcasts. Most of these are audio only, but they do have some video podcasts as well.

And, just for fun, SFMOMA has a feature called ArtScope. You can randomly click on tiny thumbnails of images or search for specific artists or subjects.

Tony Feher, It Seemed a Beautiful Day, 2001; plastic bottles, wire, and water; Collection SFMOMA: photo © 2008 Tony Feher
Please click the image to go to its orginal posting on the SFMOMA site.

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November 19, 2008

Vintage Advertising

Whether it's the popularity of the tv series Mad Men or a genuine interest in all things vintage, Duke University has an image database that might give you your retro-advertising fix. The Duke University Online Collection includes a section for Advertising and Consumer Culture. The four parts of the advertising collection include:

Ad*Access is the John W. Hartmen Center for Sales, Advertising and Marketing History has an online collection of American and Canadian printed advertisements from 1911 to 1955. The five major focuses of the collection are Beauty & Hygiene, Radio, Television, Transportation, and World War II.

Emergence of Advertising in America covers the burgeoning stages of advertising in America from the mid nineteenth century to the early twentieth century. The images are drawn from Duke's Rare Book, Manuscript and Special Collections Library.

The Medicine and Madison Avenue collection is exactly what it sounds like: an image bank focuses on the very beginning of the relationship between pharmaceuticals and ad campaigns.

Another selection from the Rare Book, Manuscript & Special Collection Library is the Ration Coupon Collection is a small group of ration coupons issued during World War II.

All images are © of the Duke University, Rare Book, Manuscript & Special Collection Library. Please click on the image to find its citation in the Duke collection

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November 06, 2008

BBC Audio Interviews

As one of the largest broadcasting companies in the world, the BBC has a wide range and depth of information to offer. A subsection of the company, BBC Four, is one of the many BBC channels and focuses on programs of cultural interest. On their website is a small archives of historical audio interviews. The interviewees include such figures as Mies van der Rohe, Bob Marley, the Dalai Lama, and Salvador Dali. Many of the sound clips are brief but might be ideal for using in a presentation or lecture for class. The site uses Real Player or Windows Media Player, so you'll need to download one of those here if you don't already have it on your computer.

Read further for links to interviews in specific subjects.

Above image: Ted Husing and Dink Templeton listen to BBC broadcast in the Laguardia Airport, 1948 © AP


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September 19, 2008

Use M-Tagger for Images!

Try the new M-Tagger tool to tag images in the AAEL VRC Online Image Collection. You can then search for your tags and find the images you've tagged. You can tag with words that describe the image or you might tag with a course name or number for which that image is relevant.

Simply go to the collection, conduct your search, click on a thumbnail and then click on Tag This Page!

To search tags (your own or all tags), simply go to the MTagger Search Page or to any image and click on the Search Tags link in the MTagger window.

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September 11, 2008

Looking for images that don't fit in neat subject categories?

Try AP Images. AP Images provides 100's of 1,000s of images from newspapers, magazines, and online news sources. You can search in several news categories (national, international, sports, etc.). You might want to browse through some of their historical image groups (i.e., Man on the Moon, Jazz Greats, Early Computers, etc.).

When searching for images in AP Images, remember that you're searching through captions, so choose words that you might expect to find describing the image you're hoping to find. For example, if you don't find what you need with "tornado," try "funnel cloud." Remember to search common abbreviations in addition to words. For instance, searching for WTC New York will find different and additional images from a search for World Trade Center New York.

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ARTstor Training Session -- Oct. 10th

Needing high quality images for teaching? Interested in learning how to search for images and teach with ARTstor? Come to the training session on October 10th at the Faculty Exploratory in the Graduate Library. To register:

Questions? Contact Rebecca Price : 647-5274 or rpw at

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September 10, 2008

Changes to ARTstor

ARTstor is one of the most extensive databases of digital images available; unfortunately, until now, many shied away from using the source regularly because its old format was cumbersome. Thanks to changes in the site unveiled over the summer, the navigability of ARTstor's collections has been vastly improved.

One of the most helpful additions to the ARTstor page is the new browsing function. You can now browse by location, collection or media. These classifications are then broken down even farther to refine your browsing.

ARTstor is available from any computer without logging on as long as you are on campus. If you wish to access ARTstor from home, you will need to create an account with your umich email address. For more information on registering, please go to the ARTstor webite's information page here. Or view the above video and other instructional ARTstor videos on YouTube.

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