The University of Michigan’s card catalogs are scheduled to be removed from the library stacks tomorrow. We desperately need the space but I’m still a little sad to see them go. Even though I’m firmly stationed in the digital realm, I still love the analog world – especially artifacts that have such a lovely tactile quality that can even produce a visceral response. So, here’s my attempt to capture a little of that feeling.
Some photos I took a couple of months ago of some of our lovely special collections items. Full size here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sukisuki/sets/72157614076348795/
I’ve been taking photos of objects in the library for years now… so when I saw Walking Paper’s lovely library-ish iphone wallpaper post – I was inspired to make group of my own.
Most of these were taken in the University of Michigan’s Hatcher Graduate Library, Preservation and Conservation lab, and the Art, Architecture, and Engineering Library.
All have been formatted specifically for the iphone (320×480) but they’ll probably work for other mobile devices too. Click to get full version.
Wise words from Chip Kidd