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On stock photography

Stock photography is a common means of providing visual content brochures, magazines, advertisements, etc. in order to enhance a textual point and engage viewers. The advantage of stock photography is that it is less expensive than a photo shoot, and … Continue reading

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Fair Use Anxiety

The College Art Association has just released a new report titled “Copyright, Permissions, and Fair Use among Visual Artists and the Academic and Museum Visual Arts Communities: an Issues Study.” This report is phase one of a four phase project … Continue reading

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New collections available in ARTstor

If you’re a frequent user of the ARTstor Digital Library, you might have noticed a few new institutional collections become available – specifically Landscape Architecture from the Bob Riley Collection and Modern and Contemporary Art from the Jonathan Fineberg Collection.  … Continue reading

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Welcome Home, Illini / the Noun Project

As we start the Fall semester, the Pixels team would first like to welcome incoming freshman as well as returning students and faculty. This semester promises to be an exciting one, kicking off with events such as Ellnora at the … Continue reading

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ARTstor & Java Update

ARTstor is pleased to announce an update that will eliminate the need for Java in the ARTstor Digital Library. In the near future, single image downloads will be delivered in zip files. ARTstor has been using Java for downloads of … Continue reading

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Painting Show @Figure One Gallery, February 22nd 2013

Normally at pixels we like to post information related to digital content, but we’re making an exception to highlight the show of a very talented former VRC graduate assistant  who’s work you’ll be able to go see in real life!  … Continue reading

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trial access to Material ConneXion database until February 16th

Are you trying to invent the next big thing, but struggling to find a material that’s fire resistant, biodegradable, and translucent? By searching the Material Connexion database, you’re sure to find something that meets your needs. To access the trial … Continue reading

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Material (in a Digital) World

While a completely tactile web might still be a long ways off, materials are finding a new home in digital interfaces. As learning, shopping, and other interactions are increasingly encountered through screens, how does the design, architecture or fine arts … Continue reading

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Discovering art on Art.sy

 Art.sy is an online art repository whose mission is “to make all the world’s art freely accessible to anyone with an Internet connection”. Art.sy works with galleries and art institutions to collect art across many different movements and genres, and … Continue reading

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ARTtube: videos about art and design

Welcome back to the start of a new semester. We hope you’ve all had fun and relaxing summers, and are ready to start the year fresh. To ease you into your scholarly pursuits, we present you with ARTtube. Like Youtube, … Continue reading

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Europeana on Pininterest

If we’ve got you hooked on Europeana Exhibitions, you might also want to check out the visually striking collections that have resulted from Pinterest collaborations with Europeana partners. According to the June 2012 Europeana Newsletter,  Europeana has recently  teamed up … Continue reading

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A walk on the wild side

Cat pictures are fun and all, but sometimes they leave a bit to be desired. We think we have found what that something is. In honor of the end of the semester and last-minute procrastination we present: Wild Pets! Who … Continue reading

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Historic Detroit

While I’ve never visited Detroit, browsing through the 180 galleries of buildings and monuments on Historic Detroit makes it seem as familiar to me as my own hometown.   Founded in June 2011 by Dan Austin, author of “Lost Detroit: Stories … Continue reading

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Closer to Van Eyck: Rediscovering the Ghent Altarpiece

If you liked Google’s Art Project but found yourself disappointed that it didn’t include the Ghent Altarpiece, you may have a psychic connection with the Getty Foundation. Like the Art Project, “Closer to Van Eyck…” offers users extreme close up views of the work. … Continue reading

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T. Enami and Japanese photography in the Meiji / Taisho Era

While cleaning out the Visual Resources Center this past summer, I came across a gorgeous set of  hand-painted lantern slides. The subject matter was Japanese landscapes and everyday scenes, but beyond that there was no information about who the artist … Continue reading

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Wiki Loves Art Nouveau

Wiki Loves Art Nouveau is a collaboration between Wiki Loves Monuments and Europeana, in which crowd-sourced photo submissions are paired with informational content to create an interactive online exhibition that explores the Art Nouveau movement. Europeana sponsored an Art Nouveau category … Continue reading

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year in review / happy holidays

It’s been a busy year for the Visual Resources Center, and as we prepare to leave campus for the holidays I’d like to take some time to reflect upon some of the new images and services available not only to … Continue reading

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Subject sorting in Google Images: Because Google hasn’t mastered mind-reading yet

In case you aren’t already aware, Google Images has a ‘Sort by Subject’ feature on its results page – it’s the kind of left-margin item that can go easily unnoticed, but for the utility it provides, it should 80 pt. … Continue reading

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The Lyonel Feininger Archive

Harvard’s Houghton Library and the Harvard Art Museum’s Lyonel Feininger Archive have collaborated to create an online research microsite presenting a comprehensive collection of Feininger’s largely un-seen photographic works. Harvard holds the majority of Feininger’s photographs, with some 500 photographic … Continue reading

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The Doodle Revolution

If you ever find yourself doodling during class or in a meeting, don’t feel guilty. According to Sunni Brown, it’s one of the most productive things you can be doing. An avid visual literacy advocate, Sunni is best known for large-scale strategic doodles … Continue reading

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The History of the World in 100 Objects

While doing some research earlier today, I came across a fascinating project undertaken by the British Museum called “The History of the World in 100 Objects.” Many of you may already be familiar with this project, as I’ve come to … Continue reading

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Ando Hiroshige Prints

The Woodblock Prints of Ando Hiroshige is an enthusiast-maintained site that reproduces the woodblock prints of Ando Hiroshige (1797 – 1858). The site combines digital images of Hiroshige’s prints with descriptions, dates, and abundant contextual material including primary source excerpts, maps, … Continue reading

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‘Friends of art’ seeks to crowdsource the history of art

“Farmhouse with Birch Trees” by Gustav Klimt (1903) ‘Friends of art’ (FOA) self identifies as, “a young community of art enthusiasts who are re-writing art history”. Currently in the beta stage, FOA invites users to contribute and curate content about … Continue reading

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Visual Resource Center debuts website

Ever feel like you’ve run out of internet to browse? You’ve checked your email, gotten up to date on your Facebook news, and did the latest NY Times Crossword online. What next? Hop on over to the new Visual Resources … Continue reading

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the Memory of the Netherlands

Welcome back, students, faculty, and staff! We hope your fall semester is off to a delightful start. For those of you with an interest in Netherlandish history, I’m about to make your week even more delightful. The Memory of the … Continue reading

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Center for Multimedia Excellence media survey

If you haven’t filled out the Center for Multimedia Excellence’s campus media survey yet, what are you waiting for? It takes 5-10 minutes, and the results will help to improve campus media accessibility, management, and preservation. You may remember reading … Continue reading

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CITES Teaching with technology forum

For anyone interested in finding and using digital images for teaching or research, there is a “brown bag” lunchtime talk coming up this Wednesday (the 23rd of February) that will be discussing ARTstor. The information is as follows: Teaching with … Continue reading

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Graphics Atlas

Ever wonder what  the difference is between an engraving and an etching? Graphics Atlas, a project of the Image Permanence Institute, will show you. With this tool, users can compare different printing techniques side by side and learn about the methods … Continue reading

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Rome in a day

The Architecture department at the University of Oregon has developed two useful interactive mapping tools of Rome. The first, the interactive Nolli map of Rome, is a digitization of the 1748 map of Rome by Giambattista Nolli. This map is … Continue reading

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finding and using images libguide

Many of you are familiar with LibGuides, which are research guides created by the librarians at UIUC about a variety of topics. The newest addition is a LibGuide on finding and using images, which contains information on everything from finding … Continue reading

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Friday diversions

Google’s Keyword Guessing Game is a fun way to think about image indexing, keyword relevancy, and finding images online. The game asks you to think of the keyword that produced the grid of 20 images shown. You have 20 seconds … Continue reading

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Making flashcards in ARTstor

Spending hours making flashcards for exams? Why not let ARTstor do the work for you. Below are step-by-step instructions on how to do this. 1. Register for an ARTstor account and login. If you don’t know how to register for … Continue reading

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