Library of Congress: Step Right Up! Circus Posters for Your Viewing Pleasure. “Ladies and gentlemen, children of all ages, please direct your attention to the Prints & Photographs Online Catalog, and join us in celebrating the recent digitizing of the Library’s circus posters! The Circus Poster Collection includes more than 450 items representing circus companies such as P.T. Barnum, Barnum and Bailey, Ringling Brothers, Sells Brothers, Hagenbeck, Forepaugh, and Robinson.”
Curbed New York, and new-to-me: The future of the bodega is clear. “Michael Silber, a designer and artist who has lived in Brooklyn for 15 years, runs Deli Grossery, a digital archive of New York’s unique small businesses. To date, he has photographed and mapped over 1,750 bodegas throughout the boroughs. When he started the project in 2014, his goal ‘was to capture the most outlandish and inventive photoshop collages [he] could find… posters that combined giant sweaty sandwiches, New York cityscapes, and watermarked stock photos.’ But things have changed in the past five years.”
Florida Memory has launched a new collection of citrus fruit crate labels. From the collection page: “Most of the labels in this collection advertise citrus fruits, but corn, celery, cucumbers, cabbage, avocados and other fruits and vegetables are also represented. The labels range in size from the standard 9-inch square label that was placed at the indented end of a wooden shipping crate, to the 6-inch square and 3-by-9-inch labels that were used for half boxes and gift boxes.” There are over 600 labels in the collection. If you’re interested in advertising / graphic design, take a glance.
PPA: Icon Magazine Completes 16-Year Digital Archive. “The newly-completed 16-year digital archive consists of 197 issues to date and will continue growing as each new issue is published. Published by Media 10, Icon is an international architecture and design magazine, featuring interviews with industry professionals as well as the best new buildings and designs. Analysing interesting cultural movements and technologies and reviewing a range of exhibitions, books, films and events, the monthly magazine gets under the skin of design culture.” Not free.
MakeUseOf: 5 Free Stock Illustration Sites to Download Copyright-Free Designs and Vectors. “You can always grab real stock photographs, but plain stock images seem a bit stuffy and old-school now, don’t they? Illustrations add that extra zing to seem modern and trendy. These portals will give you customizable style-packs as well as images that concentrate on diversity and inclusiveness.”
Fast Company: A new repository of the web’s best portfolios helps you design yours like a pro. “Humans is like a carefully curated Pinterest board that offers insight into what the best personal websites look like, which services are used to create them, and the technology necessary to build them.”
UX Booth: What Google Search Shows Us About the Future of Product Design. “In the past two decades, Google has outperformed every competitor through a fierce dedication to its ambitious goal: ‘Organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.’ It’s not just search: Google and parent company Alphabet have brought their unique approach to almost every category of software.” I don’t agree with all this, but it’s an interesting dive written by someone who knows his stuff.