Friday, October 31, 2014

The Continuation of a Fanzine Collection

Following on from our last post, here is another contribution to the new fanzine collection we are developing in the Library.

Engawa is an architecture fanzine from Spain which includes essays, photographs and illustrations. The zine takes its name from the Japanese word 'Engawa', meaning the space between the interior and exterior of classic Japanese architecture - a transitional space suggesting invitation or welcome, but also projection and opening.

Look out for more fanzine posts as they come into the Library. And if you would like to contribute to the collection, email Benjamin Ellis at

Monday, October 27, 2014

The Beginning of a Fanzine Collection

We are building a collection of fanzines over the coming year as part of a new section of the library.

 This contribution from Benjamin Critton, entitled, 'Evil People in Modernist Homes in Popular Films', addresses the association of villains with modernist architecture in films such as Blade Runner, L.A. Confidential, Diamonds Are Forever, The Damned Don't Cry, and several others. The fanzine contains essays and photographs on the topic, and will be made available to students in the near future.


Keep an eye out for blogs on new fanzines as they come into the Library - and if you would like to make a contribution to the new collection with a fanzine of your own, email Benjamin Ellis at -

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

MoMA to Digitise Hundreds of Andy Warhol Films

As reported by the Guardian, New York’s Museum of Modern Art is partnering with the Andy Warhol Museum to digitise the artist’s considerable archive of film, making work available to the public that has rarely, if ever, been seen before.

The massive task, featuring around 500 films, will take several years to complete. It involves taking over a thousand rolls of 16mm film and scanning them frame by frame, then converting them to the high-resolution 2K format. This is work that Warhol filmed between 1963 and 1972, the most intense and celebrated period of his creativity.

If you would like to know more about Andy Warhol, why not take out some books about him from the Library. You could even watch his famous screen-tests...

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

The Mac Photographic Archive

'The unfortunate fire at Glasgow School of Art on 23rd May 2014 destroyed much-loved parts of the Charles Rennie Mackintosh building on Renfrew Street. In an attempt to document the building for posterity, The Mac Photographic Archive allows students, alumni, staff, and tourists to upload their personal record of the school.

A current Google search will return a myriad of images of the exterior of the building. However, it is the intention of The Mac Photographic Archive to concentrate on gathering a comprehensive record of the interior of the building, from the people who have used it since its completion in 1909.

Users can tag their photos with the floor and room in which the photograph was taken, estimate the date and annotate accordingly.

Any suggestions or corrections are welcome, please contact:

mail [at] the-mac-photo-archive [dot] net.'

Thursday, October 02, 2014

The Iconic Design of Penguin Books

Last night at the student's union, David Pearson gave an interesting and inspiring talk about his work as a junior designer for Penguin.

'Penguin books, first published in 1935, were the first mass-market paper-backs in Britain. The vision of Allen, John and Richard Lane, Penguin began life as an imprint of The Bodley Head, republishing existing works of fiction and non-fiction... the appearance of the classic Penguin cover design has so ingrained itself in the nation's consciousness that today, seventy years later, everybody thinks they know what a Penguin looks like.' (Penguin By Design, Phil Bains, pg. 6).

With their early tri-partite colouring, as well as the graphic illustration of their later covers, Penguin created a very original and precious graphic patrimony for generations to come.

If you would like more information about Penguin and their book designs, you can take out Penguin By Design, Puffin By Design, Penguin 75... and a few others, all to be found on the ground floor of the Library.