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INTRODUCTION

 

Design Abstracts Retrospective

 

Design Abstracts Retrospective “prequel” Design and Applied Arts Index [now issued by ProQuest]. Design and Applied Arts Index originated in 1987 and Design Abstracts Retrospective covers journals not included in Design and Applied Arts Index, i.e. from 1900 to 1986.

 

Design Abstracts Retrospective covers much the same subject fields as Design and Applied Arts Index, e.g. architecture, furniture design, textile design, graphic arts and design illustration, ceramics, glass, interior design, theatre design, metalwork, jewellery, etc. It contains abstracts of all the articles and an index of all the images in the journals covered.

 

The one difference with Design and Applied Arts Index is that Design Abstracts Retrospective contains biographical and historical data on all the architects, designers, craftspeople, firms, studios, workshops, guilds, and organisations whose work is discussed or illustrated. This information is transferred to our linked database Arts + Architecture ProFiles. In the case of an individual, each entry contains, at a minimum, their dates of birth and death [if traced]; country or countries where they work or have worked; their area of creative activity; and their gender [where identified]. Most of the entries contain a detailed profile. Entries that are still being researched are marked PROFILE PENDING

 

Profiles on Request. Art History Research net has an extensive research library and we have access to numerous online research sources. Should an entry be required that is marked PROFILE PENDING, users of Art History Research net are welcome to contact us at info@arts-search.com and we can supply a completed profile.

 

Design Abstracts Retrospective contains, for the first time, abstracts of articles in a number of seminal twentieth century design and applied arts journals, notably the US product design journal Industrial Design [later I.D.] from 1954; the US craft journal Craft Horizons [now American Craft] from 1946; the Swiss graphic design journal Graphis from 1944; the US design journal Everyday Arts Quarterly [later Design Quarterly] from 1946; the American graphic design journal PM [later AD] from 1934; the British commercial art and advertising design journal Commercial Art [later Art and Industry] from 1926; and the British architecture annual Studio Yearbook of Decorative Art [later Decorative Art] from 1906.

 

NOTE: AS MOST LIBRARIES ARE CURRENTLY CLOSED TO RESEARCHERS BECAUSE OF THE COVID 19 PANDEMIC, WE HAVE TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED WORK ON DAR IN ORDER TO CONCENTRATE ON PROVIDING MORE DIGITIZED MATERIAL, BOOKS AND JOURNALS ONLINE. WE ARE, HOWEVER, CONTINUING TO ADD BIOGRAPHICAL AND HISTORICAL TO OUR DATABASE A+A P

 

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