The Hoover Institution Library & Archives is pleased to announce the launch of their latest online exhibition, Dynamic Design: Transforming Posters at Hoover. Based on the exhibition of the same name currently on display in the Lou Henry Hoover Gallery of Hoover Tower (June 28–December 20, 2023), this digital experience goes beyond the physical with more posters and supporting material available for design and history enthusiasts to enjoy and study.

A particularly delightful facet of this online exhibition is the ability to deep zoom into the images of these posters and see the remarkable fine details of the printing process. This is made possible as the Library & Archives has recently made the 80 posters digitized for the Dynamic Design project publicly accessible. Available for viewing in their Digital Collections 2, which remains in beta, the posters are enriched with metadata based on the exhibition research. The high quality imaging of these posters, and subsequent digital preservation, are a testament to the Library & Archives’ dedication to preserving its collections and making them accessible for generations to come.

The Dynamic Design: Transforming Posters at Hoover exhibition spotlights Hoover’s incredible Poster Collection and the historic designs which have inspired the covers for the Hoover Digest for decades. The Hoover Digest is a publication that offers informative writing on politics, economics, and history by the scholars of the Hoover Institution. As a public face of the Institution, Hoover Digest covers must evoke the values of the research center and Stanford University where it makes its home. The result is a rich opportunity to open a window onto history and the power of persuasive imagery.

The Hoover Institution Library & Archives holds more than 100,000 posters in its ever-growing Poster Collection. The posters predominantly originate from the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Russia/Soviet Union, and France, though the collection includes posters from more than eighty countries. Over 33,000 posters are available online in the Library & Archives’ original Digital Collections, with more added regularly to the new Digital Collections 2. Plans are in place to merge the two collections in the coming years. In the meantime, previously uncatalogued posters are being digitized and will be published at a future date.

The exhibition is organized and curated by the Hoover Institution Library & Archives. For more information visit Dynamic Design: Transforming Posters at Hoover.

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