Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Graphic Novels Workshop with Metaphrog

Acclaimed graphic novelists Metaphrog gave a free workshop in the Library earlier in March, where they talked about their work and creative process, including character design and story-telling. The workshop was part-funded by the Scottish Book Trust.

Metaphrog Workshop from GSA on Vimeo.

Franco-Scottish artists Metaphrog (a.k.a Sandra Marrs and John Chalmers) have been creating comics, graphic novels and illustrations together since 1996. They are the authors of the critically acclaimed Louis series of graphic novels, and have been nominated for an Eisner Award for Best Graphic Album and an Ignatz Award for Best New Talent. Their comic adaptation of Edwin Morgan’s poem The First Men on Mercury was released on National Poetry Day in 2009 and was distributed to every Glasgow secondary school pupil.They regularly tour to schools, universities and libraries to explain their creative processes and story-telling.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Puppets at the Mitchell Library

The World Through Wooden Eyes is a permanent exhibit at the Mitchell Library Glasgow of the John M Blundall Collection of puppets and puppet theatre. The collection includes puppets from all over the world, Noh masks, Punch and Judy material, and a complete library of some six thousand volumes. The collection also contains thousands of original research documents dealing with all aspects of creative theatre.

Syd Mead

Exclusive MP3 interview with Syd Mead, the influential conceptual designer of cinematic cult classics such as Tron, Blade Runner and Aliens. What is the role of dreaming in envisioning the future, why flying cars have not become science-fact yet, and what has Syd learned about designing for the real world from designing classic sci-fi space odysseys.

Artists' Bookfair at Fruitmarket Gallery

Karla Black Talk

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Google Body

Google Body is a detailed 3D model of the human body. You can peel back anatomical layers,
zoom in, click to identify anatomy, or search for muscles, organs, bones and more.

Monday, March 21, 2011


Squinting is a forum for discussion and the sharing of good practice in the application of technology to art and design teaching. It also includes representative case studies on digital tools and environments within studio-based learning.

James Lovelock and Gaia

The British Library has just uploaded the ‘Oral History of British Science’interview with James Lovelock, originator of the Gaia theory of ecology. The interview (recorded over two days in April 2010) comprises tracks.
Off campus access: Login via MyGSA.

Karla Black

Karla Black from Tate Shots

Nam June Paik

Nam June Paik from Tate Shots

Know Your Fonts

Test your knowledge of fonts and typography with the Rather Difficult Font Game. Also available for iPad and as an app.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Artists' and Architects' Letters

Digital showcase of 100 letters of influential twentieth century German artists and architects, including Max Liebermann, Peter Behrens, Walter Gropius, Ernst Barlach and Karl Schmidt-Rottluff. From the Georg Wolbe Museum.

Advertising Alphabets

The Agence Eureka blog has made scans available from M. Moullet's Advertising Alphabets, published in French in 1946

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Clay Avatars

Clay Yourself allows you to create a clay avatar without getting your hands dirty! You can then go on to write a script featuring the character you’ve created.

Cambridge University on YouTube

Cambridge University, in common with many other leading colleges and universities, has set up its own channel on YouTube designed to showcase some of the research, discoveries and innovations that take place at the University. As you’d expect from an institution encompassing 31 colleges and over 150 departments, the range of subjects covered stretches from the arts and humanities to entropy and mathematics

Tuesday, March 15, 2011


The British Library's latest microsite features unique recordings and footage of children’s games and rhymes from 1900 to the present day.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Grostesque Masks

Grotesque mask heads, designed by Cornelis Floris, engraved by Frans Huys and published in Antwerp in 1555 by Hans Liefrinck.
Via Bibliodyssey

Monday, March 07, 2011

Karla Black

Karla Black is one of the contemporary artists featured in Tate Britain's new Watercolour exhibition. But her approach to the medium is unorthodox. Mixing paint with other materials such as nail-varnish, vaseline, and body lotion she creates unique sculptural forms. She talks to TateShots about her process, and shows her latest work at her studio near Glasgow.

Friday, March 04, 2011


JR, the French street artist, uses his camera to show the world its true face by pasting photos of the human face across massive canvases. Awarded the 2011 TED Prize, you can watch his prize lecture here.

Postcards from the Spanish Civil War

This online exhibit from University of California looks at postcards from the Spanish Civil War. Postcards represent a highly personal form of propaganda, spread by tight-knit networks of individuals often connected emotionally. Many postcard sets were likely sold on street corners. By nature, postcards are exceptionally mobile, allowing for the transmission of propaganda well beyond the political confines of Spain

Photojournalism from the Spanish Civil War

The online exhibit from the University of Californai provides images from the Spanish Civil War. In addition to being an important political event of the twentieth century, the Spanish Civil War was the catalyst for some of the most dramatic imagery of the last century. Among the most striking images are photographs of the war and its effects. Robert Capa's "Death of a Loyalist Militiaman" (1937) is perhaps the most iconic photograph from the Spanish Civil War and remains one of the most acclaimed war photographs of the twentieth century. Capa and the other well-known photographers of the period, such as Gerda Taro and David Seymour, are often cited as the primary representatives of early twentieth-century war photography.

Posters of the Spanish Civil War

Propaganda posters constitute one of the most poignant documents that remain from the Spanish Civil War. This online exhibit presents posters from the Republican side from the collection of the University of California. It includes images that deal with most of the themes that dominated the minds of contemporaries. Many of the posters were produced by some of the most important organizations and institutions active in the war, and they were designed by some of the leading artists of the era.

Wednesday, March 02, 2011


Yutongo is an online tool to encourage systematic thinking and cooperation and the basics of the process are outlined below:
  1. Idea Boost

    In the Idea Boost many different idea fragments and inputs will be collected. Therefore, participants will encounter inspiration focussed questions – answer them in a creative way! It is the nature of our process that these inspiration questions do not always relate to the creative challenge.

  2. Idea Compression

    The Idea Boost is followed by the Idea Compression. In this section you’ll find all the idea fragments and input material collected before by you and other members of the yutongo community participating in a particular challenge. Now, it‘s your task to describe surprising ideas related to a particular challenge by combining idea fragments creatively and by discovering the gems in the inspiration material.

  3. Evaluation

    Finally, you are asked to rate ideas created by others on a ranking scale (1 – 5) and to make comments on ideas.

Sixty Symbols

This new resource from the University of Nottingham presents short videos that illustrate the meaning behind standard physical and astronomical symbols

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Lanark at 30

A collection of Alasdair Gray’s handwritten drafts and original artwork for ‘Lanark’ appear in a new BBC online slideshow using University of Glasgow Library collections, celebrating the 30th anniversary of its publication in February 1981. Filmed by the BBC, it features commentary by Gray talking about the influence of Glasgow in the book’s creation, described as ‘one of the greatest Scottish novels ever written’.

Travel Graphics from the 1920s and 1930s

This personal website provides a virtual online gallery of 1920s and 1930s travel-related ephemera, including travel brochures, airline timetables, ocean liner timetables, road maps, luggage labels, advertising, and graphic design publications from the 1920s and 1930s.