Friday, November 29, 2013

Anchor Line Ltd Posters

The University of Glasgow Library have uploaded onto their flickr pool a whole series of posters originally designed to advertise the services of Anchor Line Ltd, a shipping company which started life in Glasgow in 1838.

These posters offer a wealth of inspiration for Visual Communications and you can find more of them on flickr by following this link. The catalogue for the Anchor Line collection can be found at: For more information about the collection, you can contact the Duty Archivist at Glasgow University, quoting UGD255, on:

Thursday, November 28, 2013

A new digital home for Art Nouveau

Since March 2012, 25 partner institutions of the Partage Plus project have been digitizing European Art Nouveau objects, artworks, posters, and buildings to create more than 75.000 items - including 2,000 3D models - of content for access through Europeana, a Europe-wide resource on Art Nouveau. The project is set to run until March 2014 at which point, the digitization process should be complete and the Europeana portal will be open for access. This is a great point of pride for the GSA Library + Archives as our archives curator Peter Trowles has been involved with the project.
It is also a tremendous resource for our student here at GSA as, thanks to this project, you will be able to access digital examples of Art Nouveau artworks, graphic design, furniture and fashion, not only from the UK branch of the movement, but from across the rest of Europe, including Eastern European countries.

Charles Tiffany - 1890's
Charles Tiffany, 1890s

Gustav Klimt - 1910-1911
Gustav Klimt, 1910-1911

Josef Hoffmann - 1907
Josef Hoffmann, 1907

Jan Toorop
Jan Toorop

Gaudí/ i Bardés - c1904-1906
Gaudi/ i Bardes, c 1904-1906

To find out more about this great project, follow this link.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

The 25 Best Inventions of 2013

Calling all product designers, Time Tech have produced their yearly Top 25 Best Inventions! Wondering what will make the cut?

First let's see what their criterias are for a "great invention":

'What makes an invention great? Sometimes it solves a problem you didn’t think could be solved. Skyscrapers can’t turn invisible. Pens can’t write in midair. Paraplegics can’t walk. Except now they can. And sometimes an invention solves a problem you didn’t know you had. Maybe you didn’t realize you needed to eat a doughnut and a croissant at the same time, or resurrect an extinct frog, or turn your entire body into a living password. Now you do.'

So let's see the top 5 put together for us this year:

#1. The Driverless (Toy) Car, a $200 game in
which toy cars can drive themselves.

#2. A “lightbox”: a 20-by-10-ft. (6 by 3 m) structure covered with 196 panels of 4,096 LED bulbs each
to simulate the extreme light in outer space, created for the film Gravity.

#3. Alcoholic Coffee
The Sony QX Smart Lens photographing a vase of yellow flowers for the 2013 best inventions package. Photo Credit: Andrew B. Myers for TIME
#4. Sony DSC-QX100, which clips onto your phone
or can work remotely.
#5. The cronut - made of croissant-style pastry that’s fried like a doughnut,
filled with cream and topped with glaze

To find out more about the next 20 inventions on their list, check out the Time Tech blog post here.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

MacMag 39 are online!

For anyone who doesn't know, MacMag is the School of architecture's long-running yearly magazine, which is edited every year by a new group of Diploma students, with the end-product counting towards their dissertation. This year's group, working on MacMag 39 are approaching the topic with two clear angles.

First of all, they're taking inspiration from the opening of the new Reid Building and setting their theme this year as "Then and Now", which has led them to delve into the Library's collection of back issues of MacMag, going back to its very beginnings:

Secondly, they're intent on increasing the Magazine's online presence, which is why you can now follow their progress online at, on Twitter as @MacMag39 and on Facebook. give them your support and you'll be rewarded when they publish their shiny new magazine in time for degree show!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Alternative Movie Posters

Check out these fantastic alternative movie posters from the book Alternative Movie Posters: Film Art from the Underground by Matthew Chojnacki.

Cover design by Steve Dressler

"In an era of studio posters that endlessly rely on enhanced head shots of film actors, this book chronicles a network of designers reinventing film posters and bringing “the art” back to the one-sheet. This dynamic group of illustrators have reinvigorated the public’s interest in film artwork, crafting stunning pieces for classic and cult flicks. Underground film posters sell out within minutes due to their limited quantities, and are now the most coveted posters by ardent moviegoers." 

Labyrinth by Joshua Gilbert

Bambi by Rowan Stocks-Moore

Bettlejuice by Anthony Petrie

The book went on sale just at the start of this month. Make a purchase suggestion if you think it's worth adding to our collection.

Monday, November 18, 2013

IfLooksCouldKill's top 5 books on Design

IfLooksCouldKill, a creative studio in Edinburgh were asked recently by CreativeBoom what their top 5 books on Design would be and here's what they came up with:

#1 Design is a Job, by Mike Monteiro

#2 Hardboiled Web Design, by Andy Clarke

#3 Things I have Learned in my Life so Far, by Stefan Sagmeister

#4 Programming Ruby, by Dave Thomas

#5 How to be a Graphic Designer without Losing your Soul, by Adrian Shaughnessy 
 The Library currently holds in its collection Things I have Learned in my Life so Far and How to be a Graphic Designer without Losing your Soul, but if you think any of the others would help you in your studies, feel free to put in a Purchase Suggestion via the online catalogue.

To read more about the reasons behind their choices, read the full article here.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

A new online resource for Art in Healthcare Practitioners

The National Alliance for Arts Health and Wellbeing has set up a website to provide an introduction to the impact the arts can have on health and wellbeing. Click here to access it.

The National Alliance is made up of organisations from each region of England. Many of these organisations have their own websites with information about arts in health in that area. Several of the organisations distribute regular free newsletters with details of opportunities in arts in health, training and other news and developments.
The website holds resources for Research, Practical advice and Funding sources. A real gem for anyone interested in this sector.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Exploring 20th Century London - Timeline

London City


London began the 20th century as the capital of the world's largest Empire and Britain's
 dominant city. One third of the entire trade of Great Britain passed through London's docks. If you are interested in finding out more about London , and it's history, from 1900 - 1999,
 this website would be really useful to find out in more detail some information about things such as London's economy and jobs, historic events that had happened on a particular year, or even the population of London on a specific year.


The 1950's was a prosperous decade. Record quantities of imports and exports passed through London's docks. The reconstruction effort was in full swing. Skilled labour was now being actively recruited from Commonwealth countries and was helping build and staff London's new hospitals, houses and schools. To find out more about the the history of London in the 50's , click here.


During the 1960's London developed a new sense of itself. It became officially larger when its government was reorganised as 'Greater London'. It also got a new image as the capital of youth and anti-establishment values. Buildings and skirts went higher: hair got longer: music got louder. Carnaby Street and the King's Road became as famous as Piccadilly Circus and Trafalgar Square. Find out more about the 60's in London, click here.


The 1970's was a traumatic decade for London. Changes in global trade disrupted all sectors of the economy. As docks and factories closed, so inner city London developed a landscape of dereliction and decay. The IRA bombing campaign brought fear to the capital's streets. The population was shrinking and unemployment rising. Some people predicted that London was dying.To find out more about the the history of London in the 70's , click here.


Many of the tensions of the 1970s continued into the 1980's. Hostility between the Metropolitan Police and the West Indian community erupted into riots in Brixton in 1981. Hostility between national government and the Greater London Council (GLC) led to the abolition of the GLC in 1986. The IRA resumed its bombing campaign.To find out more about the the history of London in the 80's , click here.


The 1990's saw a new mood of optimism in London. The capital began to think of itself as truly global. It grew relaxed with its multicultural population and proud of its creative buzz. London in the 1990s became, statistically, different to the rest of the country. The capital had a younger population and a far more multicultural one. By the end of the century 29% of Londoners were from a minority ethnic group, as compared to 9% in Britain as a whole..To find out more about the the history of London in the 90's , click here.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

I wonder what it's like to be dyslexic... A design-led project

A few weeks ago, Sam Barclay launched a fantastic Kickstarter project aiming to give people a sense of how dyslexic experience the written word. The final outcome is a book, with a slick and flawless design, which demonstrates the various levels of difficulty that can occur with dyslexia in a highly visual way.

The project has really captured people's imagination and raised over £40,000, nearly 3 times the original ask of £14,500. Watch the designer explain more on his kickstarter video here

Thursday, November 07, 2013

How to search the internet for Audio, Video and Image resources

JISC Digital Media have put together a sries of free online tutorials for searching online for good quality resources in the field of Audio, Video and Moving Image and Still Images. Following these tutorials will give you a good grounding for your research and allow you to make informed choices about the quality of your sources, copyright and referencing.

Internet Audio Resources is a free online tutorial to help you learn how to use the Internet to find audio resources for your work quickly and efficiently. To access the tutorial, click here.

Internet for Video and Moving Image Resources is a free online tutorial to help you learn how to use the Internet to find video resources for your work quickly and efficiently. To access the tutorial, click here.

Would you like to learn how to use the Internet to find copyright cleared images for your work, quickly and efficiently? Use this free, interactive tutorial to improve your image searching skills. To access the tutorial, click here.

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Libraries as Creative Incubators

About a week ago, our graduate trainee librarian, Delphine Dallison, attended the very first edition of Library Camp hosted in Glasgow, which took place at the Mitchell library. As part of the day, people were invited to pitch sessions on a variety of library related topics and Delphine decided to take inspiration from our new online resource The Hatchery to pitch a session on Libraries as Creative Incubators:

"Glasgow School of Art launched The Hatchery this year as an online resource for creative people to take inspiration from libraries as a source or a site for creativity. Glasgow Women's Library have also been leading the way in this area with the 21 Revolutions project. I'd like to hear from other libraries about how they engage with artists and other creatives."

To find out more about the discussions which ensued, you can check out Karen McAulay's blog post here and you can also read Delphine Dallison's write-up on the session she lead posted on the Glasgow Library camp blog.