Arts:Search (formerly DesignInform) consists of three databases: Design Abstracts Retrospective, ReVIEW, and Arts+Architecture ProFiles. Design Abstracts Retrospective (DAR) is a new ongoing abstracting and indexing service that aims to cover full contents of 70 of the most important design and applied arts journals published during the 20th century. ReVIEW contains digitised full-text versions of 19th and early 20th century decorative and fine arts journals. It currently contains 28 full text journals, including: The Studio (London),vols. 1-50, 1893-1910; Deutsche Kunst und Dekoration, vols. 1-27, 1897-1911; Art et Décoration, vols.1-28, 1897-1910; and The Poster, vols.1-6, 1898-1901. Arts+Architecture ProFiles is a biographical dictionary of modern designers, craftspeople, artists and architects. It currently provides information about more than 16,000 designers and design-related organizations that were influential in the 20th century world of design. Arts:Search also provides to two research guides on the topics of internet sources for artist/design biographies and internet sources for digitized design journals. In addition, users may contact the publisher at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance in searching or research advice.
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Coverage is international, although emphasis is on European publications. Subject coverage includes architecture, interior design, industrial design, furniture design, theater design, graphic design, advertising, typography, fashion, exhibition design, book design, photography, ceramics, metalsmithing, and glass art among other areas.