Black X Design







Randy Wilson and DAAP Library Staff partnered to create “Black By Design,” a display that showcases pioneers and youngbloods in black fashion. Many of the images in the display are from the Vogue Archive, a database of every Vogue magazine ever published. The drawings were custom created by Professor Wilson himself.

Art Referential: Emil Robinson

DAAP Display Case

DAAP Display Case

What ideas are you currently considering/ pursuing?

My work is concerned with interior space. I was raised conservative Catholic and so one of the first and most enduringly beautiful spaces for me is the inside of a church. This space is psychologically complicated as it is supposed to be a place of worship where God is accessible. A place of ritual prayer and even magic. Even though I am less religious now, the idea of space for worship is very important to me. I am trying to paint spaces that feel holy and mystical.

The paintings on display in the showcase are the result of two kinds of interior space. A simple description of a shallow room references the chapels found in early churches in Europe. I include windows into a deeper dark space in some of paintings to create questions in the viewers mind about the reality of what they are seeing. The abstract patterns that fill the paintings are done in a state not unlike automatic writing, where the shapes are almost forms- they remind me of writing words and drawing pictures at the same time- Like the alphabet of a foreign language. When these two things are combined they create tension between legible space and fanciful decoration.

Who are your favorite artists and why?

My favorite artists are Italian painters from the 13th and 14th centuries before the height of the renaissance such as Giotto and Sassetta, and the Indian painters from the 16th century through the beginning of the 19th century primarily from the Mughal Court. These artist all made richly colored and highly personal depictions of real and fantastic events. The lack of coherent linear perspective in many works produced exquisite and creative spatial compositions that are lost with the bombast of later developments. Another point of influence are the incredibly focused paintings made by Tantric Hindu artists. Of course there are many other modern and contemporary precedents, but these non traditional painters are my very favorite.

What books, blogs, magazines, etc., do you reference the most and why?

I love going into the beautiful Daap library and looking at the magazines Frieze, Artforum, Modern Painters, and Art in America to name a few-these magazines have the requisite pretty pictures for me to keep my eyes tuned, and also some thoughtful writing occasionally. The real treasures are upstairs in the shelves… If you are a student, you owe it to yourself to spend a few hours. There are just too many favorites to list. Online I love the blogs: Painters Table, Hyperallergic, and Artcritical.

Emil Robinson is a professor in DAAP’s School of Design. His works are currently on display just outside the DAAP Library.

Andy Warhol’s Little Red Books

Warhol Red-Book

Warhol Red-Book

Before you purchase your own reproduced box of Andy Warhol’s Little Red Books, you can sample DAAP Library’s copy for free. It contains 11 facsimiles of Warhol’s original red Holson Polaroid Albums, and a 12th little black book index with an essay by the celebrity photographer François-Marie Banier.

There are over 100 original Red Books. Each are unique collections of polaroids Warhol took of associates, friends, and celebrities, at gatherings, shoots, and getaways, that he carefully cataloged and curated. Many of these polaroids were source material for later works. Although Warhol left behind almost 40,000 polaroids, only a fragment are contained in these little books.

Original Red Books can be found in institutions all over the world, and are predominantly gifts from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Both the Cleveland and Toledo museums of art have one in their collections. Meanwhile, you can make an appointment to see Warhol Red Books, and other materials in DAAP Library’s Special Collection via email (


Quality Service Award winner

DAAP Library student assistant, Samuel Tibbs, was recently awarded the quality service award for his excellent contributions to the library. Samuel began working at the DAAP library four years ago when he was a freshman. If you frequent the DAAP Library you’ve probably seen him working at the circulation desk, answering questions, checking in and out books, and processing library material, always with a smile on his face! Thank you Samuel and congratulations!tibbsaward


Introducing the DAAP Library’s new Fatboys! Who are these Fatboys who delete dull you ask?








According to, ‘Fatboy’ is an imaginative lifestyle brand that excels in thinking outside the box. Fatboy has been challenging the concepts of lifestyle product since 2002, when the company set out to create the perfect lounge chair designed for fashion, for comfort, and tailored for an unmatched lounging experience. Fatboy claims that their designs bring energizing comfort and smiles to people.

Indeed, it’s true. Smiles at the DAAP Library are at an all-time high.








Fatboy’s style = European design + creative spirit +  humor and their tagline and mission is “Deleting Dull”. The DAAP Library has never been so not dull.

Thank you fatboy!

Peter Zumthor: Buildings and Projects, 1985-2013



Peter Zumthor: Buildings and Projects, 1985-2013 by Thomas Durisch is a five volume set that explores the architect’s entire award-winning body of work from 1985 through 2013. This set is beautifully illustrated and designed with plenty of color photographs, drawings, sketches, plans, as well as Zumthor’s own writings. From the well known St. Benedict’s Chapel in Sumvitg, Switzerland, to the lesser known Field Chapel for Brother Klaus near Mechernich, Germany. The fifth volume contains a chronological list (1968-2013) of Zumthor’s work, both large and small.

DAAP Oversize NA 1353.Z86 A4 2014 (v.1-5)

What is digital humanities anyway?

What Is Digital Humanities?

Jason Heppler, Academic Technology Specialist in the Department of History at Stanford University and historian of the North American West, created a project/website simply called It’s goal is simple: To provide perpetual answers to the perpetual question.

“Digital history provides historians new ways to think about historical causation and events through new research methods and visualizations (”.

Hi, I’m Jason.




The Thing Quarterly

Issue 13/The Thing

Issue 13/The Thing


THE THING Quarterly is a periodical in the form of an object. It’s like a magazine, except that each issue is conceived of by a different contributor and then published on a useful object.

Each issue is reproduced, wrapped, and shipped to the subscribers.

Recently, the DAAP Library became a subscriber to THE THING Quarterly and in doing so, we also ordered all back issues. We’ll soon unveil the entire collection in a cool, participatory performance event will entail our filming of our unwrapping each issue and collaborative construction of an exhibition of the entire collection. You don’t want to miss this. Stay tuned…

Jennifer Krivickas~Head of the DAAP Library