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Figure 1: Google Art Project view of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Petrie Court
Many museums around the world have been working tirelessly to make their collections and even publications available online for the public. With the Google Art Project, Google’s Cultural Institute aimed to go one step beyond this by making the…

Figure 1: Detail of CMYK dot pattern
As printing techniques continued to progress at the turn of the 20th century, color became the next big hurdle for photography and eventually printing. With halftone printing, the challenge was being able to better integrate text and image such that…

Figure 1: Metropolitan Museum of Art Photo Studio photographing in the gallery
Digital Photography is arguably one of the most influential inventions in image sharing technologies. The history of digital photography gets its earliest start from the work of George Smith and Willard Boyle of Bell Laboratories. Originally working…

Figure 1: Halftone Print of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1910
When Daguerre first wrote on his discoveries of photography, he imagined several possible uses including valuable application to science, art, and even the leisure class. Much of those early ideas have since come to be, however one of the earliest…

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Much like the Gordon Jobber became the grandfather of the letter press, so did the Fourdrinier machine become the grandfather of the paper making machines. Alternately called the “paper machine,” the Fourdrinier machine was invented and patented…

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It is important to note that after the digital revolution occurred, the pamphlet did not die. Instead, it became an aesthetic choice. To represent that choice, I have included the Pantone Formula Guide as an object in this collection. The guide helps…

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The Portable Document Format, or PDF, is the first object presented that is not physical: it is a digital file format released for free by Adobe in 1993. While it was proprietary at the time, the fact that it did not cost money meant that it could be…

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Twitter was founded in 2006 by Jack Dorsey, Evan Williams, Biz Stone and Noah Glass. It is a social media platform where users publish – or tweet -- messages of 140 characters or less, and can include links and pictures, and follow each other to…

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The Xerox or photocopying machine, frequently used to publish pamphlets and zines before the internet became a popular consumer product, uses xerography to copy images from one piece of paper to others. One of the great benefits of the process…

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The Kluge, invented by Kluge & Brandtjen in 1931, was an “automatoc platen press.” It built off previous automatic, internal parts Kluge & Brandtjen had built for other makes and models of presses.
The Kluge was a wartime success. Every U.S.…

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George Phineas Gordon created the Franklin Press, also known as the Gordon Jobber, beginning in 1852, and releasing models all the way through the 1880’s. Gordon, who was a spiritualist, claimed that Benjamin Franklin had come to him with the…

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MP3 is the name given to a way of processing an audio signal in post-production through compression. It was invented by the Motion Pictures Experts Group through various teams at University of Hannover, AT&T - Bell Labs, and others. MP3’s rely on…

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Signal converters have been around in analog form at least since the invention of the telegraph, and possibly as far back as the ottoman empire. However in their most familiar iterations, as digital converters, they have been around for roughly 70…

Figure 1: Street View Trolley Inside the Iraq National Museum
The Google Street View trolley, now one of five image-capturing devices that make up Google’s ‘fleet’ has been extremely valuable to the museum world as institutions continue to ameliorate their presence and relevance on the Internet platform.…

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With the development of George Eastman’s paper film came the first Kodak camera. In 1886, Eastman got a patent to incorporate the roll holder he had developed with William H. Walker into a camera (“Milestones”). Patent 6950 describes the Kodak…

Figure 1: Kodak Slide Transparencies
Once photography became a stronghold for both professional and personal documentation, the technology continued to develop to become increasingly user-friendly and stable. Many early techniques were laborious and if not conducted properly, the…

Landmarks of a face
Facial recognition software utilizes automated computational analysis to recognize and then measure the various features of a face. Since every face has different distinguishable “landmarks,” or different shapes and contours that define facial…

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The transistor was invented at Bell labs by Bardeen and Brattain in 1947. It improved upon earlier designs like Lilienfield’s solid-state amplifier, which due to the lack of semi-conductor materials int he 1920’s found no commercial application…

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The Canon EOS 5D Mark III is a 22.3-megapixel camera that costs $3,499—1/10 the cost of the Kodak Nikon DCS 100 (Pritchard 2014). Equipped with the Canon CMOS sensor and DIGIC 5+ Image Processor, the camera was developed to deliver “clarity and…

Polaroid ID-2
Polaroid ID-2 The ID-2 was a full color system introduced by Polaroid in 1966. The camera was able to process an ID “nearly instantaneously” with its patented photographic technology. The device was actually comprised of two cameras; one…
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