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Visual resources course materials

4. Visual resources by topics

In addition to large international cultural heritage databases this page will highlight a few image and specal materials through topics. Remote use for resources marked with the key icon is enabled with Aalto log-in (see use of e-resources).

Design, trends and materials
Material ConneXion  

Material ConneXion contains images and descriptions of thousands of materials and processes. The database also contains contact details of the material manufacturers. Note! It is recommended to use VPN connection for remote access.

WGSN - fashion  

WGSN contains trend forecasting information on fashion and clothing. It contains information and resources on design (inc. CAD), analyses of colours and seasonal trends. 

WGSN - lifestyle and interiors  
WGSN lifestyle & interiors contains trend forecasting analyses for several categories of design from wellness, food & drink to consumer electronics. WGSN contains reviews from events and fairs, and forecasts for colours and other trends.

Streaming service for approx. 5000 videos and films from performing arts, dance, contemporary art, cinema, media, television, design, communication, culture and education etc.

At the Learning Centre's VRC service you can use the printed trendbook series for fashion, design, interiors and packaging from 1980s onwards. The series contains illustrations, images and information on seasons, styles, colours and materials, including material and fabric samples.

Vogue Archive  
The US Vogue is available online in full from the first issue 1892 onwards with high-resolution images and detailed searchable information. You may search by type of clothing, designer or brand.

Architecture and environment
Access to the image collections of the Royal Institute of British Architects. Contains architectural materials including interior architecture, landscape architecture, topography, civil engineering, construction and design. 

Aalto University’s and its predecessor University of Technology’s architecture teaching included the tradition of measurement drawing from 1907 until 2014. In early decades drawings were made of medieval churches, later there has been concentration on wooden architecture.

Architecture department collections
The teaching collection contains images of the history of architecture arranged in themes from ancient to urban architecture, from castels to interiors and different architectural styles and collections by architect. The collection contains reproduced slide images, original photographs and ready-made teaching materials.

Biodiversity Heritage Library offers digitised images from natural history and botanic libraries.

Photography and visual culture
Finnish cultural history image archives contains collections on heritage, the built environment and the journalism archives JOKA, which consists of Finnish press and newspaper image archives. 

National Gallery collections
Ateneum Art Museum, Kiasma Contemporary Art Museum and Sinebrychoff Art Museum collections, artists and works online. service offers Helsinki themed images from the Helsinki City Museum's collections. Images can be downloaded in high-resolution.
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