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Abstract images and Japanese typography
Pages from The Complete Commercial Artist, Volume 20, 1930 by Masuji Hamada. From Letterform Archive.
August 31, 2020

Design Archives Come to You

You may be studying remotely this semester, but that doesn't mean you don't have access to a wealth of design resources for research and inspiration. We've compiled a guide that contains images that run the gamut from institutional collections at universities and museums to independent single-subject collections. Just a few highlights:

Cornell University Punk Flyer Collection:
Flyer for Clown Alley Rhythm Pigs
"On Broadway, January 29," 1986.

Letterform Archive:
Flowers with the word Public superimposed on top
Public Bikes poster by Jennifer Morla, 2012.

Cooper Hewitt Digital Collections:
Life Has a Way of Making You Wish You Were Alive
"AIDS Should Die" poster by Rick Valicenti, 1980-1995.

National Museum of African American History and Culture:
Josephine Baker turned upside down
Poster advertising a Josephine Baker performance at the Folies Bergère by Gontran Ranson, 1927.

Corita Art Center:
Martin Luther King, Jr in pink and green
"Love Your Brother" serigraph by Corita Kent, 1969.

Center for the Study of Political Graphics:
Adorned figure holding grapes
"Boycott Grapes" poster by Xavier Viramontes, 1973.

The People's Graphic Design Archive:
The Angry Arts Against the War
Poster by Hardy Hanson, 1967.


Lots more in our Design Archives Digital Resources guide!