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DAAI: Design and Applied Arts Index - Featured Database

Featured Database: DAAI: Design and Applied Arts Index

You can use databases to easily find organized collections of articles, journals, news, streaming videos, primary sources, data, and more!

Here’s one of our favorite databases:

DAAI: Design and Applied Arts Index 

What’s in it?

This database holds a massive amount of design-related material from the 19th century onwards. Disciplines such as ceramics, graphic design, architecture, and more are represented in its resources.

Why should you use it?

This database is great for artists in need of reference photos or researchers looking into historical visual trends.

Who should use it?

This is a great designers, artists, architects, and anyone who loves visual culture!

Why use a database?

When you use a specific database, rather than a search engine or discovery tool, you often can find more relevant sources. For example, subject databases include sources about that subject only, rather than a general search engine or discovery tool that includes information about everything. This way you don’t have to wade through thousands of irrelevant results!

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