Graphic Design Collection (The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art)
The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art and Artstor have reached an agreement whereby the Herb Lubalin Study Center of Design and Typography (part of Cooper Union's School of Art) will distribute high-quality digital images of modern graphic design in the Artstor Digital Library. The Lubalin Center is a division of the Cooper Union School of Art which seeks to electronically preserve and disseminate material related to the history and theory of graphic design. The present collaboration with Artstor will initially concentrate on a digital archive developed by the Lubalin Center, known as the National Graphic Design Image Database. According to Ellen Lupton, Curator of Contemporary Design at the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum: "The collection created by the Herb Lubalin Study Center of Design and Typography represents a pioneering effort in the documentation and dissemination of graphic design history. The on–line collection is an invaluable and unequaled resource for designers, students, and educators." Indeed, the focus of the Lubalin Center's activities, including the effort represented by the former National Graphic Design Image Database, has been to provide access to materials related to the history of visual communication in the 20th century and to encourage interdisciplinary studies of visual history and communication.
Through this partnership, approximately 1,300 images from the National Graphic Design Image Database will be made available in Artstor. In reaching this agreement, Mike Essl, Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at the Cooper Union, expressed his enthusiasm for collaborating with Artstor to make this important resource more broadly available for pedagogical and artistic purposes: "The Lubalin Center is very pleased to be working with Artstor in making our online digital image archives more widely available to students and researchers in the field and excited to participate in its representation of modern design content." Sheila de Bretteville, Professor of Graphic Design at Yale University, adds that "an online resource devoted to the history as well as the most advanced contemporary forms of graphic design is essential to students, faculty and practitioners hungry for this visual stimulation. Artstor's effort to resurrect the former National Graphic Design Image Database would be a most needed and desired start!"
The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, established in 1859, is among the nation's oldest and most distinguished institutions of higher learning. A legacy of the industrialist Peter Cooper (1791–1883), the Cooper Union is the only private, full–scholarship college in the United States dedicated exclusively to preparing students for the professions of art, architecture, and engineering. Since opening in 1985, the Herb Lubalin Study Center of Design and Typography has served as a hands–on research facility for students, faculty, design professionals, and the public, as well as a multi–faceted resource devoted to the documentation and preservation of the history of graphic design.