The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art and Artstor are pleased to announce that they have reached an agreement whereby the Herb Lubalin Study Center of Design and Typography (part of Cooper Union’s School of Art) and Artstor will collaborate on the distribution through Artstor of several thousand high quality digital images of modern graphic design. This collaboration will focus initially on a digital design archive previously familiar to the graphic design community as the National Graphic Design Image Database.

The focus of the Lubalin Center’s efforts, including the effort represented by the former National Graphic Design Image Database, has been to disseminate material related to the history of visual communication in the twentieth century and to encourage and support interdisciplinary studies of visual history and communication. The present collaboration will make this rich body of visual material and related scholarship available online in Artstor, where it will complement related graphic design materials from a variety of sources. The audience for these highly valued materials will include teachers, students, designers, and all students of the history of visual communications, who will value having the ability to access, browse, and make rich educational artistic uses of this valued resource.

“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,” says Ellen Lupton, Curator of Contemporary Design, Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. “The on-line collection is an invaluable and unequaled resource for designers, students, and educators.” Sheila de Bretteville, Professor of Graphic Design, 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!”

In reaching this agreement, Mike Essl, full-time faculty member in graphic design at Cooper Union, expressed his enthusiasm in collaborating with Artstor to make this important graphic design resource more broadly available for noncommercial artistic, 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.” Max Marmor, Artstor’s Director of Collection Development, expressed Artstor’s keen interest in this partnership. “The Lubalin Center’s graphic design collections, and its admirable efforts to make them available in digital form, are well-known. We at Artstor are delighted to help in reviving the pioneering effort embodied in the former National Graphic Design Image Database, and to help make the Lubalin Center’s resources more readily available to artists, teachers and students.”

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. The college, the legacy of Peter Cooper, occupies a special place in the history of American education. It 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. The facility has evolved into a multifaceted resource devoted to the documentation and preservation of the history of graphic design.