Finding digital images

This week I have been talking to classes about the crime genre. I have also worked on creating some on-line resources for the staff and students for this and helping another staff member illustrate a digital book on some English poetry/ballads. I have been looking for pictures/images to add to the resource and so have used usual suspects to find them; Flickr Storm, FlickrCC and Compfight. I also found a new site for free, high-quality, digital images named Photl.com. Still in beta form, it offers images that you can use as a whole or as fragments. There is a daily downloading limit of 45MB and you can also search a for a colour after you have typed in a keyword.

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When you find a picture, click on it and you are given the link. Go to this link, choose the size of the image (small, med or large) to download and then save it. An example of a “water” image downloaded is below.

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 I have also been looking for artworks that contain religious symbol and came across the vitual tours of the Louvre. Many years ago I visited Paris and took a real tour but this is a fairly good substitute, especially for students who are studying art, art history or even history as the artworks show a lot of historical information.

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I went to the eye-openers tab and had a look at the 3D options.

A New-Style Museum Visit-in 3D.  A new multimedia feature on Louvre.fr presents artworks in an imagined or reconstructed 3D space. Visit these virtual “galleries” for a whole new look at works of art.

There are a lot of nice options on the site. Actually I spent time on the site because I simply just enjoyed it!

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Interesting Flickr group – The Diagram Diaries

Flickr has become an amazing resource. For me it is the best on-line photo management and sharing application on the web.This is a Flickr group that collects diagrams and other visual information imagery of data. There are many diagrams that are interesting representations of reality and data. Visual signs appear all around us in everyday life, for example traffic signs, maps and all manner of advertising. Most of them we don’t actually notice because we have become used to them or they are not giving us information that we”need” at the time. When we do pay attention however, we see an amazing array. A large number of the students I teach like to learn and record with visual stimuli. There are many examples here.

Design – websites and blogs

Looking around, again for inspiration I found VandelayDesign blog. In a recent blog they had a post entitled “25 Incredibly Artistic Websites” The site discusses trends what works, and why, and the comments posted are most often by people who have a reasonable professional approach to design.

The whole approach to the blog was about sharing what works in design and why this might be so. It was not incredibly technical and had some great examples of website (and blog) design. It would be a great site to show visual arts students, for example, different creative styles. Styles under headings such as minimilist, colourful, dark, incredibly artistic, church, unique and innovative Flash have interesting examples and comments/discussion.