Dezeen: US midterm elections logos compiled into searchable database. “Just in time for the midterms, 6 November 2018, a team of designers has set up The Center For American Politics And Design to bring together all the graphics used to promote those seeking election to the House and the Senate – the two chambers that make up Congress.”
The Writing University: New Archive: Anthology Poster Collection. “The Writing University is proud to announce a new digital archive: the Anthology Letterpress Poster Collection. The Writing University has created an archival and digital collection to preserve and display the one-of-a-kind posters created for the Anthology Reading Series. The new online collection was created in conjunction with the Center for the Book, the UI Library Special Collections department and the Iowa Digital Library.”
Design Taxi: Sainsbury’s Online Archive Of Packaging Designs Spanning Decades Is A Real Treat. “The Sainsbury Archive at the Museum of London Docklands has recently digitized the decades-old packaging designs of UK supermarket Sainbury’s for your viewing pleasure at zero cost. Thus far, the collection comprises over 400 photographs and scans of packaging, which certainly offer more than enough for you to observe how design has evolved. There’s so much to unpack here.”
Queen Mary University of London: Investigating representations of gender-based violence. “Using interdisciplinary research methods, the two-year study will focus on how four types of violence (domestic abuse, trafficking, street harassment, menstruation-based discrimination) are portrayed in graphic print publications such as comics and public graphic expressions including murals, graffiti and street art. The research will also examine how stakeholders, including activists and artists, use graphic art as an awareness-raising tool. The work aims to foster knowledge exchange via local research hubs. It will result in two creative initiatives with local arts and non-governmental organisations: an open-access digital archive of representations of gender-based violence and a series of workshops for 600 girls aged between 12 and 17.”
Web Design Ledger: Where to Find Graphic Design Freebies. “The main idea of this list is for you to save you some money AND time. Sometimes when you work on a big project, you don’t have any minute to spare for researching resources and tools. So we did the job for you. Scroll down and you will find a list of websites that provide you with a multitude of graphic design freebies.” Minimal annotation but big ol’ screenshots.
New-to-me but apparently online since 2013: an online archive of rave flyers. “The largest archive of independently collected rave flyers in the world is tucked away in the mountains of Oregon, taken care of by a man named Matthew Johnson. Starting The Rave Preservation Project back in 2013, Johnson has amassed a collection of over 40,000 pieces of rave memorabilia from the mid-‘80s, ‘90s and early 2000s. Including duplicates, there are over 250,000 pieces stored in the archive. “
Open Culture: Every Cover of MAD Magazine, from 1952 to the Present: Behold 553 Covers from the Satirical Publication. “For 65 years and counting, the pages of Mad magazine have entertained readers by satirizing all the cultural items, social fads, news items, and political issues of the moment. Throughout that span of time the covers of Mad magazine have done the same, except that they’ve entertained everyone, even those who’ve never opened an issue, whether they want it or not. Though on one level designed purely as disposable visual gags, Mad’s covers collectively provide a satirical history of America, and one you can easily browse at Doug Gilford’s Mad Cover Site, ‘a resource for collectors and fans of the world’s most important (ecch!) humor publication.'”