Development of a Multiparametric Interdisciplinary System for Historical-Visual Analysis: The Trade Fair and Commercial Typographic Manifesto in Rovigo Between the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries.
Heaven 42 130g/m2, 300g/m2
ET-ET was founded as a research thesis initiative for a specialization in publishing graphics at ISIA U in Urbino. The primary objective of this project is to create a prototype method of analysis that can be employed to examine archival documents, utilizing both historical and graphic analysis. The focus of this study is the exploration of fair and commercial posters, mainly typographical, that were produced between the 19th and early 20th centuries in Rovigo.
I developed a tagging system to describe 54 archival documents, which was designed based on the cataloging standards of REICAT and ISBN. In addition to the classic cataloging concepts, it also considered aspects of historical and graphic nature. Based on this tagging system, I created a website for private use only, which serves as a search filter for the study sample. It’s worth noting that this project falls within the scope of Digital Humanities, as it combines computational tools with graphic and historical study.
The website was developed exclusively for desktop use and for private access only, as requested by the conservatory entities of the archival documents involved: the Accademia dei Concordi in Rovigo and the Archivio di Stato in Rovigo. The main challenge was to create a filter of 178 tags, ensuring that even null data would be useful for analysis, and following an “and” logic. Additionally, the filter needed to calculate and display percentage statistical data to the user each time the selection was modified using the filters. As a result, drawing analytical conclusions was straightforward, demonstrating the usefulness of the tool at hand.
The book ET-ET was designed to present the entire study and project material, from the tagging system to the adopted norms and website. Additionally, it serves to articulate the results obtained from the analysis of the sample through textual chapters, cards, and infographics. Moreover, each document is listed at the end of the book section with its respective tagging table description. The project was also showcased during the 2020 Torino Graphic Days, as part of the exhibition project Singolare Plurale.
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