Whenever I am asked which library collection is my favorite or to provide examples of items that strike my fancy, there is one collection to which I immediately turn: the published materials from the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) collection. Starting in February 2021, I helped copy-catalog a portion of this collection. Being familiar with Hagley’s ever-growing industrial design materials, I was excited to take on this project.
The portion of the IDSA collection that I worked on included a mixture of colorfully illustrated volumes presenting design examples in furniture, ubiquitous products, and even signage, with a few academic and technical works as well. Many of these works showcase the modern/post-World War II era and contemporary design. Most are also rich with information and replete with top-notch photography. Some, with creatively constructed book sleeves and intricate designs, are works of art.
Here are a few choice examples of the artistry I found in this collection:
Doug McQuirter is the Reference Archivist at Hagley Museum and Library