Recently my design work has been inspired by artifacts that are in the public domain. Though I love design, I am less inclined to try my hand at drawing or painting while at work. Thus, the great value in images that I can use, modify, and distribute without fear of copyright restrictions!
Many of the students at Muhlenberg College are also involved in creative projects with include visual elements, so I’ve been talking to them about copyright restrictions and encouraging them to take a look at items outside traditional copyright. I’ve also created posters utilizing Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop to encourage student understanding and use of artifacts in the public domain.
These posters hang outside my office and are also included in a library subject guide that I’ve made with lists of open resources that creatives can use in their own work. The posters both exemplify the work that can be done with images in the public domain and draw the eye. My inspiration drawn from the public domain hasn’t ended with poster and subject guide creation. I’ve also created a zine, which (while entertaining) I won’t share here since it doesn’t fit the Librarian Design Share mission. However, if you’re interested, you can find it on my blog.
I am happy to share these posters on the Librarian Design Share drive. Please distribute them as you please – the joy of these resources are they they are available to all! And, if you find inspiration from the public domain and create a design for your library, please share you work with us!