Calvert Journal: A digital archive is recovering half a century of communist Romania’s eclectic visual culture. “Romanian culture zine Kajet Journal has launched a digital archive of the country’s communist-era print culture, marking 30 years since the December 1989 Revolution that toppled the country’s socialist regime. The research project makes hundreds of scans from books, booklets, DIY manuals, newspapers, and periodicals, produced between 1947 and 1989, available to the general public.”
Dezeen: Indian designers dismiss “design-school propaganda” as they decolonise their work. “Designers in India are rejecting the western canon and instead searching for home-grown approaches to their discipline. The movement to decolonise design in India comes as practitioners question the way they were taught about the subject. Design education in the subcontinent has until now largely focussed on overseas examples.” There’s been an Instagram account established to show examples of Indian graphic design, but it’s too new to have much associated with it.
Smashing Magazine: Creating Online Environments That Work Well For Older Users. “Even though we’re as tech-savvy as anyone else, older users have some specific needs that web designers and programmers should consider. None of them are particularly difficult to accommodate, but they can be critical for our use and enjoyment of the Internet. As a bonus, you’ll be designing environments that will also work for you when you get older. ‘Older’ meaning ‘past forty’.” Every Web designer who thinks gray-on-gray text is just swell should be forced to copy this article fifty times.
The Verge: A critical analysis of scroll bars throughout history. “Sébastien Matos has built a fantastic interactive trip through the history of one of the most important UI elements we encounter every day: the scroll bar. He’s recreated, as faithfully as possible, 30 years of scroll bars from some of the top desktop platforms of their day, from Xerox Star to Windows 10.”
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.”
Motherboard: Flash Is Responsible for the Internet’s Most Creative Era. “A new book highlighting the visual evolution of web design paints a picture of a risk-taking creative culture that hasn’t been quite the same since Steve Jobs stuck a knife into Flash.”
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.
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.”
It’s Nice That: Glug is on a mission to create the world’s largest database of climate protest posters. “Glug, a creative events programme, is on a mission to build the world’s largest database of protest posters. Titled Protest by Design, the project is in preparation for the next round of global climate strikes taking place on 20 September, just three days before the UN climate summit.”
The Advocate: This Webcomic Librarian Is Protecting LGBTQ Stories. “Nearly 1200 webcomics populate the online library created and managed by Luma Lilac, a 21-year-old ‘genderly queer’ asexual archivist who maintains the library in their spare time. Most of the webcomics featured include at least one LGBTQ character. Others include disabled characters, are women-led, or feature people of color.”
Fast Company: See the world’s oldest emoji in this new archive of 650 ancient symbols. “A new project aims to catalogue hundreds of ancient symbols, drawn from long-gone civilizations like the Mayans, the ancient Egyptians, and the Aztecs, as well as present-day indigenous communities, like the Maori in New Zealand and the Lakota Sioux in North America.”
The Verge: Check out this incredible archive of Apple’s promotional photos and ads. “Graphic designer and marketer Sam Henri Gold has assembled an incredible archive of Apple’s promotional materials that stretches back to the 1970s, which he’s uploaded into a Google Drive folder for people to look through. The folder contains hundreds of videos and pictures of the company’s products, and it’s well worth the time to take a trip down memory lane.”
Architecture & Design: New public tool to search for design rights. “IP Australia has developed a new tool called Australian Design Search that provides image searching to the public for design rights.”
Radio Praha: Beer, Schnitzel And Mushroom Picking – Unique Set Of Emojis Captures Czech Soul. “A Czech design student has come up with a custom set of 180 emojis that depict various aspects of Czech life and humour. Within a week of being shared on social media, the designs, fittingly called ‘Czemoji’, have garnered much attention from the media as well as the wider public. She now plans on making them publicly available for use on digital platforms.”
MakeUseOf: The 9 Best Apps to Create Fast Graphic Designs . “In today’s world where selfies rule and videos are king among content, there’s no doubt killer visuals are important. But adding visual elements to your written content can feel like a major time-suck, especially when you don’t have any design skills to lean on.”