“Mid-century modern is an architectural, interior, product and graphic design that describes mid-20th century developments in modern design, architecture and urban development from roughly 1933 to 1965. The term, employed as a style descriptor as early as the mid-1950s, was reaffirmed in 1983 by Cara Greenberg in the title of her book, Mid-Century Modern: Furniture of the 1950s (Random House), celebrating the style that is now recognized by scholars and museums worldwide as a significant design movement.” Wikipedia
When creating the MCM Resource Guide, we recognized the importance of the essential pieces that make an organizing system function properly: Consistency. Our individual resources included information from the Internet, books, professional journals, museum archives, photographs, newspaper articles and archived images from the Internet.
Justification: Following Glushko’s (ch.5.3), Seven Interdependent and Iterative steps in determining the purpose of our Resource Guide, we made the following decisions:
- Identified the individual resources to best describe the properties relevant to MCM. The focus of the resource determined which were primary to MCM and which were corresponding to the primary.
- Abstraction Level: We determined our resources and resource types.
- The properties we chose to use were evaluated on strength and reliability in order to support the desired interactions by users.
- Elements chosen best described and supported our MCM Resource Guide as per the Dublin Core Model (ie, author name, title, subject, etc.).
- Resource Descriptions were written by the developers of the MCM Resource Guide: Jessica Talisman and Twila Johnson-Tate. The resource descriptions were created following Glushko’s guidelines.
- Intended Purpose: the resource descriptions were created by the MCM Resource Guide with the following criteria:
- Ease of use by the general public (ie, from a public library)
- Maintaining & adaptation of the website and/or MCM Resource Guide
- Access by the general public (ie, from a public library)