“The essential function of our profession [design] in our society is to enhance and cultivate communications toward an easier understanding of ideas and complex problems, in the shortest possible time for higher visual and auditory retention of data.”
“To design is much more than simply to assemble, to order, or even to edit; it is to add value and meaning, to illuminate, to simplify, to clarify, to modify, to dignify, to dramatize, to persuade, and perhaps even to amuse. To design is to transform prose into poetry.”
“To design is to plan and to organize, to order, to relate and to control. In short it embraces all means of opposing disorder and accident. Therefore it signifies a human need and qualifies man’s thinking and doing.”
“For design is about the making of things: things that are memorable and have presence in the world of the mind. It makes demands upon our ability both to consolidate information as knowledge and to deploy it imaginatively to creative purpose in the pursuit of fresh information.”
Visit: We met with Rebecca Moss, who is in charge of the digital content library for the school of liberal arts, and also Inga ?, who handled the same for the school of architecture and design. They are both Visual Resource curators.
Most of their archival holdings are images. Began as the slide library, then branched out. A lot of their faculty contribute images to their collections. They get permission from them to make the images available. One especially large collection acquired from a professor who travelled the world taking photographs of religious architecture. For most of their image holdings they own only the digital content, and do not have he physical objects.
They have a collection of postcards acquired from former faculty, as well as a collection of Chinese Posters
They have the complete archives of Cerny (architectural firm)
Each image has a unique URL so that faculty can link to them.
The do not contribute to ArtSTOR.
Format: They catalog into Filemaker, export to MySQL They adapt the VRA terms – using CCO (Cataloging cultural objects).They have several authority files. She downloaded some of these to excel and set them to us.
They have set up access to allow certain categories to have authorized access to certain images. Group one (the public) can get thumbnails,etc. Highest level, the administrators of the file, get up to 5000 pixel jpg images. Faculty can create a “media drawer” for class access to selected images
They do have some student work in the archives, including drawings.
They school does record guest lectures, but this is handled by the library media dept. The videos they do have are streaming, not downloadable. They are careful to cite sources, and use only those that they have purchased, or that have been contributed by faculty.
They are partnering with the Goldstein Museum of Design (St Paul campus) – they have a large collection of furniture, clothing, costume, graphic design, etc.
They suggested that we also contact the American Craft Council, which has moved to Minneapolis from NYC. They have archives. Contact there: Jessica Shaykett (ARLIS member)