Klementinum Library


MyModernMet has drawn attention to one of the most striking Baroque libraries in the world: Klementinum Library in Prague.

Home to over 20,000 books, the breathtaking library is a fantastic example Baroque architecture, dating from 1722.

From the intricate globes that sit on the floor tiles to Jan Hiebl’s Renaissance-style ceiling murals, Klementinum Library is a magical setting for so many ancient and rare books.

Discover the library in more detail here and tell us if you’d like to explore it.

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The ‘last days’ of London life


A collection of black and white images reveals the ‘last days’ of London, capturing the city as old traditions made way for the metropolis we recognise today.

Photographer Colin O’Brien has been documenting the city’s changes since 1948, taking some of the final pictures of the old Covent Garden Market before it closed for good.

O’Brien also captured a long-forgotten tram back in 1952, one of the last rag and bone men in 1980s Hackney, and Woolworths’ last day of trading, compiling the images in his new book, ‘London Life’.

See more of the pictures here and tell us what you think of this intriguing insight into history.

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VisitBritain offers virtual tours


VisitBitain, as part of the Goveernment’s GREAT campaign, has released a brand new virtual tour service, targeting history buffs and potential visitors to the UK.

It offers 360 degree virtual tours of a very British variety of attractions, such as Salisbury Cathedral, Warwick Castle, and even the bedroom of Shakespeare’s wife – all at the click of a mouse.

If you want to find out more about these interesting experiences, click here.

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The history of web design


A new infographic looks in depth into the history of web design.

The infographic, by Americommerce, shows us the design trends that influenced the web from 1990 to 2014.

 Plain text websites and web safe colours dominated the Nineties, but from 1998 to 2002, design becomes more subtle and the web focuses on navigation.

Finally, the most recent period sees a boom in the design industry as more and more tools dedicated to it appear.

See the whole infographic here and tell us what you think.

The Power of Visual Communication


The Power of Visual CommunicationDid you know that 93% of all communication is nonverbal? Or that cave painting was introduced by the Cro-Magnons? These facts and more are revealed in an infographic, entitled ‘The Power of Visual Communication’.

The infographic, by animation agency Wyzowl, also covers prehistoric knowledge, a timeline of visual styles and how the human mind processes information.

Other statistics such as America’s advertising spend are also included in the infographic.

Take a look at the whole chart here and tell us if you know any other interesting facts about visual communication.

Monochrome photos given a new life in colour


Colourised photosIt’s easy to view history in shades of grey when so many historic photographs and films are in monochrome or sepia, but the trend for digitally colourising old pictures is catching on.

Professional and amateur artists painstakingly research the context of black and white photos to ensure that the colours and textures they restore are as historically accurate as possible. If they can’t know for sure, the colouriser uses their judgement and sense of colour to fill in the gaps.

Famous photographs that have been colourised include ones of Marilyn Monroe, Albert Einstein, and a newspaper boy selling news of the Titanic.

Take a look at twenty colourised photos here and tell us what you think of them.

A ‘Pantone’ book – from 1692


Pantone bookThe Pantone Colour Guide revolutionised the design industry in the 1960s, but a historian has recently discovered its antique equivalent, predating the Guide by 271 years.

Traité des couleurs servant à la peinture à l’eau’, found by Erik Kwakkel, consists of almost eight hundred pages detailing how to mix watercolours.

Painstakingly completed by hand by an artist known only as A. Boogert, the book bears an incredible resemblance to the layout of Pantone colours, with carefully painted squares of colour demonstrating the mix of water and paint.

Take a look at the whole book here and let us know what you think of the extraordinary discovery.

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