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Image Databases and Web Resources
Contains over a million images in architecture, painting, sculpture, photography, decorative arts, design and more. Note: As of 2011, ARTstor users are required to register and log in before downloading images and 2017, access to this resource now requires Touchstone authentication regardless of the user’s location.
An online magazine providing a "carefully edited selection of the best architecture, design and interiors projects from around the world."
Flickr: Creative Commons
Many Flickr users have chosen to offer their work under a Creative Commons license, and you can browse or search through content under each type of license.
The most comprehensive image search on the web.
Internet Archive Book Images
2.6 million images from Internet Archive public domain eBooks that span over 500 years of content. Searchable! Public domain!
A site with hundreds of thousands of photos and clipart free to use for any purpose.
Slanted is a weblog about typography, published by MAGMA Brand Design from Karlsruhe, Germany.
Society for Experiential Graphic Design
"... an association of people who create content-rich, emotionally compelling, experiential spaces for a wide range of environments, from hospitals and transit hubs to museums and educational campuses."
Symbols.com contains more than 1,600 articles about 2,500 Western signs, arranged into 54 groups according to their graphic characteristics.
The WGSN Blog (formerly known as Stylesight) provides trend forecasting and analysis in multiple design and lifestyle-related markets. Also on Tumblr and Instagram.
Borrow from non-MIT libraries
Members of the MIT community are eligible to visit and borrow materials from many other academic libraries. Lending is generally limited to physical materials and does not include electronic resources.
Harvard University Libraries
Members of the MIT community are eligible to borrow from Harvard University Libraries. Privileges vary from library to library.
MIT is a member of the Borrow Direct partnership, a cooperative association of academic and research libraries.