NYPL Digital Gallery

The New York Public Library has been taking notes from goggle. They have made illuminated manuscripts, historical maps, vintage posters, rare prints and photographs, and illustrated books available for free online. Most seems to be in the public domain and the library is only asking for some sort of fee for high-resolution version of the images, though I can’t find out how much.

As a poor graphic artist new to the field I’m always happy to find new places to get stock photography. Hopefully this is a sign that this digitizing of the past is not just a trend and will really take off. The more power at the tip of my fingers the happier I am.

Damn you UCB

Ever since I saw Demetri on comedy central I’ve wanted him to come to TCNJ. A very unassuming little kid, his downplayed sarcastic humor really makes it even better in my book.

I was sad to see he was going to be in the UCB theater mere days before I was going to UCB. Keri and I were going to go after we did the audio tour of The MoMA, because everything is better with an audio tour.

UCB is always cheep but when the Gothamist pointed out the $8 tickets on sale to see him tonight it showed there is still plenty of time bring him to TCNJ. Hopefully I can put the lean on the board to bring his greatness to light.

Paul Rand is an asshole

As you go through school as a design major you have your teachers talk about the great designers. I definitely don’t know enough about past designers and my digital concentration took the graphic design history class and instead gave me a 2 part digital senior seminar.

My one teacher Fanky live and breaths Paul Rand, which is cool because he is a very historic figure and has some of the tightest design this side of the Atlantic ocean. But when I heard this story about meeting Paul Rand I almost felt a sign of relief. Sure he might be the greatest designer and I might pale in comparison. But he’s an asshole, and for the most part I’m a pritty nice guy.

Cory Doctorow’s DRM talk to Microsoft

I have to be on my sixth or seventh time listening to Jason Kottke’s reading of Cory Doctorow’s DRM talk to Microsoft for a flash animation I’m working on. I’ve read it though a few times as well and I really feel I get a better sense of the talk hearing it aloud.

I’ve had a special place in my heart for the reading of texts ever since my family took long trips to Ohio from New Jersey and we listed to books on tape. We were early adopters of books on tape as a way to make all the kids get along and it worked so well that we never turned back.

Listing to Kottke’s reading really makes me long to hear Cory Doctorow give the talk. While Kottke’s reading does a good job of injecting some personality in to the text I really want to hear Cory read it with the passion that I’m sure he would bring to the reading.

AIGA volunteer

I have volunteered and been accepted to work at the AIGA conference in Boston this September. It was a short application with only a short statement about why you wanted to volunteer. I was happy but surprised at how quickly they accepted me. I had quite the laundry list or reasons they should let me volunteer and I know I am very well qualified to help run just about any event. Yet for the largest international design conference I was expecting for more of a rush and competition for the volunteer spot.

I really knocked the application out of the park though with my 150-word application. I have planed and run large events for TCNJ and know all about moving equipment around. This includes being an expert wire coiler, which the roadies are extremely picky about. I am also just graduating and as much as I would like to have a wonderful web design job in Boston, if I don’t this will be the place to meet people. I really want to be an acting member in the graphic design community and find as many ways as possible I can contribute more. Now I am limited to volunteered labor but I hope to graduate to organizing, planning, and perhaps even presenting at these events. Lofty plans I know but I’m going with the NNWM’s idea that if you tell enough people about the big ideas you have you will feel obligated to back them up. I look forward to your ridicule to help move me forward in my future goals.

In the end I really just look forward to finding a solid design community to be apart of. Today there are a core of blogs that really rule the community and I hope to find my own smaller tight knit community of blogs on a smaller scale. Livejournal really has a good feel for bringing smaller communities together and blogging really does seem to be more fun if there is a close knit community to interact with. As much as the large name bloggers hate to admit it with out people to interact with there is little point to keeping anything online besides a good del.icio.us account.