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By: Gwynn Thayer

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!

By: Chuck Samuels

The NCSU Libraries is pleased to announce the finalist teams for its inaugural Code+Art Student Visualization Contest, sponsored by Christie® Digital Systems. 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.

logo for Code+Art

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.

Mar 17 2015

New today, 3/17

By: Karen DeWitt

By: Gwynn Thayer

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.

Mar 09 2015

New today, 3/9

By: Karen DeWitt

Feb 26 2015

New today, 2/26

By: Karen DeWitt

Feb 25 2015

New today, 2/25

By: Karen DeWitt

By: Gwynn Thayer

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!

By: Library Staff

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

By: Library Staff

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.