Thursday, November 29, 2012

Art of the Title Sequence

'Art of the Title' is an online collection of title sequence design which provides classical and contemporary sequences from film, television and video-game releases. The resource can be used as an image gallery for popular culture from the 1950s onwards or, as a handy resource for researching the work of designers and digital design studios.

It's searchable by title sequence, designer or studio and provides features on the work of designers such as Saul Bass (Carmen Jones, Vertigo) and Richard Morrison, (The Dreamers, High Fidelity) plus analyses of trends. The old cinema and television classics are here as well as more modern titles. The content is saturated with American film titles, however some world cinema is represented (e.g. Delicatessen, Elektra Luxx).

The resource will be useful for graphic and digital designers, animators and illustrators as well as those with a general interest in the stylisation of film.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Online Catalogue of National Gallery Archive

The National Gallery, London has made the catalogue for its archive collections available to search online. The records document the history of pictures in the gallery's collection. They also record the history and development of the institution from its foundation in 1824 to the present day. The records are wide in scope and among other curiosities contain exhibition details, photographs, architectural plans and publicity materials. The results are particular to the gallery's activities, however the list of past events on the website gives a flavour of the exhibition content. Check the 'Access to the Archive' link for useful further research links: the Artists' Papers Register can be used to locate the archives of artists and art related bodies, and the War Artists' Archive at the Imperial War Museum contains papers relating to the commissioning of official war artists since 1916.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Start the Week: Art and Design with Antony Gormley and Ron Arad

On Radio 4 show 'Start the Week,' journalist Andrew Marr debates with industry experts how Britain trains the artists and designers of the future. Christopher Frayling, former Rector and Sarah Teasley, a current tutor at the Royal College of Art wax lyrical over the 175th anniversary of the art and design school. Their enthusiasm for the school's style of teaching is counteracted by the industrial designer Ron Arad, a former teacher who argues for a more comprehensive approach to teaching in art schools which does not distinguish between forms of art and design. Sculptor Anthony Gormley, best known for his 'Angel of the North' and 'Another Place' projects discusses the evolving role of sculpture in a 42 minute examination of whether good design as taught in art schools can benefit the economy.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Lucy Mckenzie in 'A Bigger Splash'

A new exhibition 'A Bigger Splash: Painting after Performance' opened last week at Tate Modern featuring Glasgow artist Lucy Mckenzie. The exhibition which takes its title from David Hockney's iconic 1967 image of a swimming pool in California explores the relationship between performance art and painting since the 1950s and the shift that performance art has had on the nature of, and ways of thinking about painting. As part of the show which also presents works from Jackson Pollock and Yves Klein, Lucy Mckenzie has created a set for an imaginary version of Muriel Spark's 1963 novella The Girl of Slender Means. The space that Mckenzie creates is evocative of a once stately imagined home, faded by time. The beauty of the work is its refusal to be classified as either painting or dramatic set design; a space in which self-reflexively, performance is to be played out by the Tate's many visitors during the exhibition's run from 14th November 2012 - 1st April 2013. View more at TateShots:

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Monday, November 19, 2012

Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam Launch Rijks Studio

In the build up to the relaunch of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, (due to open its doors again in April 2013 following a ten year renovation) the art museum has launched Rijks Studio, a digital collection of 125,000 works from the museum's collection. As part of the initiative, the online 'Rijks Studio' invites anybody visiting the site to create their own art by imaginatively reinterpreting the images found by exploring the collection. Art students, architects, designers and general enthusiasts can use the tool to download images for free to an online studio, to reprint artworks or to extract details from them for use in their own projects. One of the first examples to emerge is from Dutch Design Studio Droog, who have created a tattoo for the skin, based on the 17th century painting Still Life with Flowers by Jan Davidsz. de Heem.
To sign up to Rijks Studio, visit

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Sounds of the City - London Sound Survey

The London Sound Survey is a sound mapping project using historical and present day maps and grid references to investigate life in the city. Working under the premise that place cannot be conveyed through words alone- as in travel guides, or through literature- the site provides samples of urban sound recordings in a candid rendering of the city. Perhaps the most compelling feature is the use of the grid reference, super-imposed over a map of the city which helps visitors to the site locate the origins of the audio sample. Buskers, soapbox preachers and market sellers' cries from around the city are among the various sounds held on this one simple topographical database which serves to reinforce literary, and visual representations of London.

All audio files are published under the creative commons (non-commercial) license meaning that the recordings can be shared and remixed provided the work is attributed to the site and it is used for non-commercial purposes. More licensing information can be found at the link:

Visit to make use of a resource which is definitely worth making some noise about!

Monday, November 12, 2012


Philpapers is a repository of online research in philosophy based at University of London. At its core is a database of close to 200,000 articles and books including the latest, professional research outputs about philosophical subjects. Around this database, the site has tools for: accessing the articles and books online, for discussing them online via discussion forums, for classifying them into relevant areas of philosophy, for searching and browsing, and for creating personal bibliographies and personal content alerts. It will be necessary to create a free account at the website to take advantage of all these useful features, however many articles can be searched simply by entering a term into the homepage. The results are helpfully broken down into meaningful categories with some, freely available to read. The profile of the resource (Philpapers has over 2000 likes on Facebook) and the quality of the research from a variety of international academic sources, makes it a reliable source of information for referencing in project work.

Thursday, November 08, 2012

Aqua Velvet Blog

Aqua-Velvet is the brainchild of designer Amy Collier featuring contributions from art blogger Sandi Vincent. The sumptuous visuals are focused on graphic design, illustration and typography. "Plus other curiosities." The range of content and the guaranteed esoteric nature of the posts is the attraction here with the blog featuring designs found in old specialist magazines and in other mid-twentieth century graphic art forms. A look at Japanese illustration from the 1960s and 70s, Soviet propaganda posters and the latest posting on Swank interiors are some of the snippets to 'ooh' and 'ahh' over at your leisure.

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Wilhelmina Barns-Graham on SCRAN

New images by Scottish artist Wilhelmina Barns-Graham (1912 -2004) have been added to Scran, the learning resource service which GSA library users have access to via the catalogue. The Fife-born artist who was best known for her representational and abstract works -which drew inspiration from landscapes- was a member of the St Ives Society of Artists and later became a founding member of the splinter group of artists, the Penwith Society of Arts. She was well traveled throughout the course of her life and her works range from representational drawings of the views around St Ives, to abstract pictures inspired by her walks in the Swiss Alps, and later to an expressionist style following visits to Spain. Her connection to the natural world and her experimentation with composition, shape and colour are striking motifs as is the energy explicit in her painting style. Access to these new resources can be gained at the link to 'Shibboleth Log In' using a MyGSA username and password.

Monday, November 05, 2012

Blighty and Sea-Pie Magazines

In keeping with November's theme of remembrance, The National Library of Scotland has made online access available to two war-time cartoon magazines through its digital library. Editions of 'Blighty' (1917, 1918) and 'Sea-Pie' (1917-1919) contain cartoon drawings, poems and stories from contributors who served on the front-line and in the fleet during the First World War. These included cartoonists such as Tim Cottrell, Lawson Wood and Bert Thomas who were published in 'Punch' and 'The Stand Magazine,' both of which GSA library hold editions for reference use. 

Blighty was the weekly British official armed services magazine. Sea-Pie was started in 1917 to raise funds for charities helping seamen and their families. Both magazines portrayed the war effort in a positive and humorous light and raise interesting debate about the politicised use of cartoon, a permeation of which can still be found in the graphic novel genre.