Archives


Digital and physical design archives. Great places for research & inspiration.



AIGA Design Archives

Online. USA-based.

More than 20,000 selections dating back to 1924. A vital record of all disciplines of communication design.



Archivio Grafica Italiana

Online

Online archive dedicated to the entire Italian graphic design heritage. A growing overview that goes from the greatest classics to contemporary projects.



Graphic Design Archive

Online & New York

The GDA at Rochester Institute of Technology documents and preserves the work of significant American graphic designers active from the 1920s to the 1960s, and selected contemporary designers working in the modernist traditions.



La Patria

Online

An archive of Uruguayan graphic design seeking to revalue the cultural heritage of Uruguay and understand design as a communication channel with connection to its environment.



Letterform Archive

Online & San Francisco

Online archive and hands-on access to a curated collection of over 60,000 items related to lettering, typography, calligraphy, and graphic design, spanning thousands of years of history.



New Urgency

Online

A curated archive of ideas around critical design and speculative futures. Through aggregation of links it aims to map out an emerging network of practices that respond to urgent issues in unconventional ways.



Once Upon a Time in Yugoslavia

Online

Blog taking you on a graphical journey through cultural events in Ex Yugoslavia, mostly covering the period from creation of Federal Yugoslavia in 1943 to her scission in 1991.



Posteritati

Online & New York

One of the world's premier dealers of vintage and contemporary movie art since 1996. A gallery in New York and easy to navigate website, with a diverse collection of original movie memorabilia from over 30 different countries.



Re:Collection

Online. Australia-based.

An online archive of Australian graphic design, with a focus on work created between the years 1960–1990.



readings.design

Online

A collection of recommended texts, both historical and contemporary, about and around graphic design. Curated and edited by Jarrett Fuller.



SOCMUS

Online

Virtual museum of socialist era graphic design in Bulgaria, presenting different sections of Bulgarian graphic design from the socialist era 1944-1989.



The Palestine Poster Project Archive

Online

Web-based archives that displays over 5000 Palestine posters begining in the 1900s. CW: Some of the posters from the first half of the century feature anti-semitic imagery and wording. By including this archive I do not discount the significance of this hate and racism. I believe that by acknowledging and recognising the existence of the ills of the past, we can move forward into a better future. 



The People’s Graphic Design Archive

Online & Instagram

A crowd-sourced virtual archive with the goal to enable new and expanded stories about a graphic design history— one that represents diverse cultures and a broad range of interests. Follow on Instagram to reguarly have archive materials in your feed ︎︎︎



The Stacks

Online

The Stacks is a digital public archive of things recommended by working creatives for anyone to dig through and find inspiration. Those things (books, films, videos, art, lectures, places, and people) are organized into folders bearing the names of creatives who’ve filled them. The goal is to create an ever-evolving repository of inputs and inspirations that can offer an ever-growing source of insights for young creatives and lifelong students.



TM Research Archive

Online 

Archive derived from an exhaustive research on the Typographische Monatsblätter (TM). This was one of the most important journals to successfully disseminate the phenomenon of ‘Swiss typography’ to an international audience. Includes issues from 1960 till 1990.



Women’s Art Register

Victoria, Australia & soon available online

Holds documentation of the work of over 5000 women artists ad available for public viewing at the Richmond Library. The archive contains examples of artwork, biographical information, catalogues and ephemera relating to historical and contemporary women artists.



100 Archive

Online

The 100 Archive charts the past, present and future of Irish design by publishing 100 notable communication design projects, newly selected each year.



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