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D. H. Hill Library light sculpture will be lit in red in honor of Dr. Behnam Pourdeyhimi

Tue, 2015-04-21 14:58

The NCSU Libraries D. H. Hill Library light sculpture will be lit in red in honor of Dr. Behnam Pourdeyhimi winning the 2015 O. Max Gardner Award for his contributions to health and human safety. The event will begin in the evening of Thursday, April 23rd and end Sunday, April 26th. For more information, please visit the following link. https://news.ncsu.edu/2015/04/highest-honor/

Libraries announces winners for CODE+ART Student visualization contest

Tue, 2015-04-21 14:16

Anthony Smith was the first prize winner.

The NCSU Libraries announced the winners of its inaugural Code+Art Student Visualization Contest, sponsored by Christie® Digital Systems. The contest enabled students to develop large-scale, data-driven “generative art” for the twenty-foot wide Art Wall and curved iPearl Immersion Theater at the James B. Hunt Jr. Library.

Anthony Smith, a senior in Computer Science with a concentration in Game Development, won first prize for his Fractal Forest visualization. Fractal Forest features an interactive planet that develops different types of trees as guests enter the Hunt Library. Anthony Smith hopes “that people will have a different experience every time they see my work.  Just like nature, it is always changing, so every viewing will be unique.”

The team from WKNC 88.1 FM, NC State’s student-run radio station, won second place with their music visualizer of the WKNC internet radio stream. This team consists of Cameren Dolecheck, Harrison Wideman, Neal Grantham, Dylan Stein, and Colin Keesee.

The WKNC team (Cameren Dolecheck, Harrison Wideman, Neal Grantham, Dylan Stein, and Colin Keesee) were the second prize winners.

Of their visualizer, the team said, “In the wake of many other college radio stations being shut down, we hope to show that [WKNC] brings people together, enough to even make a work of this magnitude. …We hope this piece shows how much more goes on with a radio station other than DJing.”

This contest marks the first open call for students to create and showcase data-driven art for the video walls at the James B. Hunt Jr. Library. Mike Nutt, Director of Visualization Services and creator of the Code+Art program says, “The video walls were installed to create a dialog with library patrons about the world around them. Code+Art re-envisions the role that data plays in a university setting, turning data into part of our library’s aesthetic fabric.”

The winning pieces are on display at the Hunt Library until April 29, 2015. For more information about the exhibit, visit http://www.lib.ncsu.edu/event/christie-codeart-exhibit.

April Fools!

Wed, 2015-04-01 14:14

While the bookBot can carry loads of up to 500 lbs. it is certainly not intended to carry people. You can safely watch the bookBot in action from the windows in Robot Alley on the 1st floor of Hunt Library. Have a safe and fun April Fools Day!

Spring “Show and Tell” at Design this Friday, March 27

Wed, 2015-03-25 09:44

Please join us this Friday at the College of Design in the Belk Rotunda for our Spring “Show and Tell.”

We will be bringing selected items from the following collections: the Martha Scotford Research and Study Collection on Graphic Design; the Richard C. Bell Drawings and Other Materials; the Matthew Nowicki Drawings and Other Material; the Alexander Isley Papers; the Brian Shawcroft Papers; and the Meredith Davis Papers.

We will also bring architectural drawings created by Harry Barton for the Tudor Revival S. H. Tomlinson House in High Point, North Carolina.

Please email us at library_specialcollections@ncsu.edu with any questions!

Code+Art Student Visualization Contest Finalists Announced

Mon, 2015-03-23 16:03

The NCSU Libraries is pleased to announce the finalist teams for its inaugural Code+Art Student Visualization Contest. Through a competitive proposal process, students are creating large-scale, data-driven “generative art” for the twenty-foot wide Art Wall and iPearl Immersion Theater at the James B. Hunt Jr. Library. The selected finalists are Anthony Smith and a team from WKNC 88.1 FM, who are working closely with Libraries staff to realize their project visions. The finalists are competing for the grand prize of $600 which will be awarded at the Code+Art reception at the Hunt Library on April 15, 2015.

Anthony Smith, a Senior in Computer Science with a concentration in Game Development, is creating Fractal Forest, a fully interactive planet that grows different plant types as guests enter the Hunt Library. The visualization will also include a sun and moon, and will depict elements including the current time and weather. As people view and participate in the work, the visualization will develop and change.

The team from WKNC 88.1 FM, NC State’s student run radio station, is creating a music visualizer of their Internet radio stream. This visualization will have an outline of the Raleigh and NC State skyline along the bottom, and various objects flying through the sky above. Each flying object will represent a current online listener. This team consists of Cameren Dolecheck, Harrison Wideman, Neal Grantham, Dylan Stein, and Colin Keesee.

This contest marks the first open call for students to create and showcase data-driven art for the video walls at the James B. Hunt Jr. Library. Mike Nutt, digital media librarian and creator of the Code+Art program says, “The video walls were installed to create a dialog with library patrons about the world around them. Code+Art re-envisions the role that data plays in a university setting, turning data into part of our library’s aesthetic fabric.”

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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Mike Nutt at 919-513-0651 or mrnutt@ncsu.edu.

Dick Bell Exhibit at the College of Design features materials from Special Collections

Mon, 2015-03-16 12:52

The Special Collections Research Center recently provided scanned images of Dick Bell’s work for the Landscape Architecture Department at the College of Design as they put together an exhibit  featuring Richard “Dick” Bell’s work. The Richard C. Bell Drawings and Other Materials was acquired by Special Collections in 2007. Dick Bell received his degree in landscape architecture from NCSU’s College of Design (then, the School of Design) in 1950. He became a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects  (ASLA) in 1954 and was elected as a Fellow of the organization in 1980. In 1955, Bell founded his first firm in Raleigh, N.C., and for many years operated the business from its award-winning office space, the Water Garden Office Park. Bell retired in 2007.

The Special Collections Research Center also conducted an oral history of Dick Bell. Also of related interest is the Lewis Clarke Oral Histories Collection, 2008-2012, which includes 30 interviews with a cross section of students who attended the NCSU School (now College) of Design between 1950 and 1980 in architecture and landscape architecture.

This exhibit at Design, “Passion of the Practice” honors Bell for earning the 2014 ASLA Medal. Bell will be at the College of Design at 6 p.m. on March 18 to receive his award.

Dr. Russell Flinchum’s Design Classes Study the Martha Scotford Collection

Mon, 2015-02-23 10:42

Professor Russell Flinchum’s two Design classes recently worked with the Special Collections Research Center to study the materials in the Martha Scotford Research and Study Collection on Graphic Design. This collection was featured in a previous blog posted in Spring 2014.

The students in Flinchum’s two Design courses examined a few highlights from the collection, including materials created by Alex Steinweiss during the 1940s and 1950s. Hired by Columbia Records in 1939, Steinweiss was a record album designer who replaced featureless paper covers with poster-like images designed for display.

Another popular item was a series of colorful publications from Mohawk Paper Mills and the Pushpin Group that surveyed historic design styles, including Jugendstil, Paris Deco, Streamline, De Stijl, and Bauhaus.

These items, as well as other original materials relating to architecture, landscape architecture, and design will be featured on March 27, 2015, at our biannual Special Collections “Show and Tell” at the Belk Rotunda at the College of Design from 11 am to 1 pm. Stay tuned for more details about this upcoming event!

Libraries offers Audio and Video Workshops

Fri, 2015-02-20 16:32

Basics of Audio Recording
Learn how to record audio and become familiar with production equipment through hands-on practice in these interactive workshops. Use GarageBand to learn the basics of voice recording, MIDI controller interfaces, audio editing, multitrack recording, and powerful production and vintage audio format digitization opportunities available in the library. Appropriate for beginners but also for those at any skill level who wish to learn more about library spaces.

Sign up for a workshop at the Hunt Library (Media Production Studio 4215): 2/26, 3/19, 4/2, 4/16, 4/30 Sign up for a workshop at the D. H. Hill Library (Digital Media Lab): 3/2, 3/23, 4/6, 4/20

Video Production and Editing Basics
Learn how to plan, produce, and edit a video using library equipment and iMovie in this hands-on workshop. You’ll be taught the basics of script-writing and storyboarding. By shooting video and editing, you will complete a short video with cuts, transitions, text, and a soundtrack. Appropriate for beginners or for those at any skill level who wish to better familiarize themselves with iMovie, technology lending devices, and gain essential skills for both school and personal projects. All workshops begin at 6 p.m. on the following dates and locations.

Sign up for a workshop at the Hunt Library (Fishbowl Seminar Room): 3/5, 3/26, 4/9, 4/23 Sign up for a workshop at the D. H. Hill Library (Digital Media Lab): 2/23, 3/16, 3/30, 4/134/27

NCSU Libraries Evening Events Cancelled

Mon, 2015-02-16 10:45

Due to impending inclement weather, the NCSU Libraries has cancelled the following evening events for Monday, February 16, 2015.

  • Virtual MLK event, 7PM, Teaching and Visualization Lab, The Hunt Library.  This event will take place next Monday, February 23rd at 7PM.
  • D-I-WISE workshop, 5:30PM – 7:30PM, Assembly Room, Multimedia Seminar Center, D. H. Hill Library.

Please visit the NCSU Libraries website for further updates and information on when these events will be rescheduled. The university’s inclement weather statement can be found at this link.

Professor Meredith Davis: Design Education Leader

Mon, 2015-02-16 08:46

Davis designed this poster and others for the Virginia/North Carolina Power Company's Safety Series.

When asked about design education, Professor Meredith J. Davis is not one to mince words. As she once said in an interview for ID magazine, “One of the things missing in most foundation [design] programs is the development of an attitude of inquiry. We give students these lifeless exercises as though they were real problem-solving activities… We fail to link these abstractions to reality because the real world is messy and ugly and doesn’t fit the formal considerations we’re interested in.”

Yet, Davis has not let the messiness of the world stand in her way of improving design education, and her efforts are well documented in the NCSU Special Collections Research Center’s recently processed collection, the Meredith Davis Papers, 1975-2014. Davis taught for over a decade at Virginia Commonwealth University before coming to NC State in 1989. She has been here ever since, serving for ten years as the chair of the Department of Graphic Design (now the Department of Graphic Design and Industrial Design), and four years as head of the interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Design program.

In fact, Davis was one of the early advocates of Ph.D. programs in design. As she stated in another interview for ID magazine, “One of the characteristics that distinguish a profession from a trade is a segment of practice devoted exclusively to research. Design is now developing such practices, and there are students for whom this kind of work is very appealing.”  In her former roles as the president of the American Center for Design and the founding president of the Graphic Design Education Association, Davis led national efforts to promote more Ph.D. programs in design.

Meredith Davis designed "In Bondage and Freedom," an exhibition catalog, for the Valentine Museum in Richmond, VA.

Apart from higher education, Davis is also interested in the ways in which design can be used in educational reform efforts in K-12 schools, and the relationship between design and cognition. The Meredith Davis Papers contain examples of Davis’s published research on these topics, as well as presentation materials from the more than 140 lectures she has delivered nationally and internationally during her career. The collection also features the two interviews cited here and samples of Davis’s design work from the 1980s when she was principal in the graphic design firm, Communication Design. Many of Davis’s designs, including the safety brochure series for the Virginia/North Carolina Company (see above), have won awards on the national and international levels. The Meredith Davis Papers contain a number of these awards as well.

For all of her hard work, however, Davis does not appear to be stopping any time soon. She is contributing chapters to several graphic design textbooks that will be released in 2015, and she is currently under contract for a new book of her own that will be released in 2016. For now, though, researchers interested in her work and career can view the online finding aid for the Meredith Davis Papers here, or contact the Special Collections Research Center staff for more information.

Photography Workshops

Thu, 2015-02-12 17:36
Back by popular demand, NCSU Libraries is offering a series of Photography workshops this Spring Semester 2015. Join us for one or several of these sessions and have fun while learning to take better pictures!

INTRODUCTION TO PHOTOSHOP FOR DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY
You have your pictures. Now what?! In this workshop, you will learn to “fix” or enhance the already captured image. We will provide you with some basic tools to make okay photos good and good photos great! This class is for beginners as well as those completely new to digital photo editing. Space is limited.

6 – 8 p.m., Tuesday, March 31 / Creativity Studio, (4th Floor) Hunt Library

Register at: http://go.ncsu.edu/photoshopworkshop

CENTENNIAL STROLL: PHOTOWALK
Not going anywhere for Spring Holiday this year? Looking for something fun and exciting to do on Friday? Join us in exploring Centennial Campus with DSLR cameras in hand! We will take photos as we walk capturing the beauty and interesting natural features of this campus. The last hour will be spent sharing images. This event is for all skill levels, from beginner to serious hobbyist. Space is limited.

2 – 5 p.m., Friday, April 3 / Centennial Campus

Register at: http://go.ncsu.edu/spring2015_photowalk1

PLAYDATE AT PULLEN: PHOTOWALK
Remember when you were a kid how much fun fieldtrips used to be? Bring back that excitement! Sign your own permission slip and join us for a Saturday afternoon at Pullen Amusement Park. Pullen Park is the 5th oldest amusement park in the U.S. We will use DSLR’s to capture the wonders and beautiful design features of this historic site, which include a carousel, pedal boats and even a mini-train ride. The last hour will be spent sharing images. This event is for all skill levels, from beginner to serious hobbyist. Space is limited.

1 – 4:30 p.m., Saturday, April 11 / Pullen Park (Raleigh, NC)

Register at: http://go.ncsu.edu/spring2015_photowalk2

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