DevelopmentArt has been able to find only a few
collections of copyright-free art relating specifically to development issues. Most of the
material below is print-on-paper. Doubtless there exists wads of stuff on the Internet
too, but we haven't had time to look for it. We'd be grateful for pointers to any other
good sources. Please contact us with details.
A resource book of illustrations on water and sanitation in
low-income countries by Rod Shaw. This book of black and
white line illustrations contains over 200 images concerning water
supplies and sanitation in low-income countries. Covering subjects
from handpumps, standposts and community wells to pit latrines and
solid waste disposal, it will prove an invaluable resource for
teachers, project managers, fieldworkers, and health professionals
active in communication, education and other development work.
CD-ROM of illustrations comes withthe book. Purchase from
WEDC. More information
||Clip art for development: Copyright-free illustrations for development,
by Paul Mundy and Hendi Bachtiar, published in 1992 by the Department of Journalism and
Mass Communication, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011, USA. Mostly agricultural
topics, including crops, livestock and people. Contact Professor Eric Abbott.
there is no artist: Development drawings and how to use them
by Petra Röhr-Rouendaal, published in 1997 by Intermediate Technology Publications,
103-105 Southampton Row, London WCIB 4HH, UK. Excellent collection of artwork by a
professional designer, focusing mainly on health. ISBN: 1853393916. Order it from
The Copy Book: Copyright-free Illustrations for Development,
edited by Bob Linney, published in 1988 by Intermediate Technology Publications, 103-105
Southampton Row, London WCIB 4HH, UK. Illustrations by professional artists on development
themes: health, shelter, and so forth. Order it from
||Audiovisual Communication Handbook, edited by Dennis W. Pett
and published by World Neighbors,
though no longer available from them.
Contains many useful ideas on improving communication, as well as a small collection of
||Caribbean Clip Art Book, published by the Regional Extension
Communications Unit, Department of Agricultural Extension, Faculty of Agriculture,
University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago. Pictures of crops and
farming scenes typical of the Caribbean.
||Catalogue of Illustrations for the Production of Visual Aids,
published in 1986 by AFRC Institute of Engineering Research, Wrest Park, Silsoe, Bedford,
MK45 4HS , United Kingdom. Pictures of agricultural engineering tasks such as welding and
equipment operation, farm machinery, and draft animals.
||Working with Villagers: Media Resource Book, Fieldworker Edition,
published in 1981 by the American Home Economics Association, 1555 King Street,
Alexandria, Virginia 223 14, USA. Contains simple line drawings of women, children, foods
and livestock, as well as techniques for making low-cost media materials.
||The International Women's Tribune Centre has produced three short sets
of clip art focusing on women: Rural women in action, Woman: The password is
action, and Feminist logos. They can be obtained from ITWC, 777 United Nations
Plaza, New York, NY 10017, USA.
Newspaper publishers regularly use clip art when preparing
advertisements. Several commercial publishers produce collections of such artwork on paper
(now increasingly on CD-ROM or the Internet). Because most of this art is prepared for
commercial uses in North America and Europe, little is suitable for developing countries.
Here are some exceptions:
- Food Art, published by Dynamic Graphics (Peoria, Illinois,
USA). Temperate-climate fruits and vegetables.
- Graphic Source Clip Art Book Library, published by Graphic
Products Corporation (Wheeling, Illinois 60090, USA). Books containing illustrations of
food, people, facial expressions, transportation, etc.
- Ready-to-Use Illustrations series published by Dover
Publications, 31 East 2nd Street, Mineola, New York 11501, USA, and
available at The Dover Bookshop, 18 Earlham St, London WC2 H9L, UK; www.doverbooks.co.uk. Books with illustrations
of food, hands, office and business scenes. Dover also publishes collections of
copyright-free traditional designs from various parts of the world, including Africa,
India, Japan and Islamic cultures. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Entourage: A Tracing File by Ernest Burden (McGraw-Hill,
1991). A collection of photographs and line drawings of people for architects and interior
designers. While the content is exclusively American/European, many of the figures could
be adapted to create pictures of people and scenes in developing countries. Order it from Amazon.com.
- Clip Art Book
6 by ACE
(Agricultural Communicators in Education), published by Interstate Publishers, PO Box 50,
Danville, Illinois 61834-0050, USA (tel. 2l7-446-0500, fax 217-446-9706). Crops, live
stock, farm scenes and other materials designed for use by farm and home economics
communicators in the United States.
- Visual Fairness Clip Art Handbook, published in 1985 by the
Agricultural Extension Service, University of Minnesota, 405 Coffey Hall, 1420 Eckles
Avenue, St. Paul, Minnesota 55108 (tel. 612-625-2787). Has pictures of women and US ethnic
minorities that could be used in a developing country context.
If you're looking for graphics not related to development, there's an enormous range
available. There's free stuff, and stuff you have to pay for. The problem is not whether
what you want exists: rather, it's finding it.
Directories and search engines
Lists many sites for free and commercial clip art, but no descriptions as to the content.
You just have to guess from the title of each site.
clip art server: Use the Search page or scan the Main Index for subjects.
|WebPlaces Clip Art Review: Fewer sites in the listing, but
there's a useful two-line description of the contents of each.
WebPlaces has a useful search engine for graphics. Hint: try
to be as specific as possible about the subject you are looking for. Eg, type "cacao
tree" rather than "cocoa".
Free clip art
Download artwork from the Internet. If you like a picture, right-click
on it and choose "Save picture as..." Note that the illustrations on web pages
are all GIF or JPEG format, which tend to be lower resolution than is required for
print-on-paper publication. Strictly speaking, you should get copyright permission before
using pictures downloaded from the Internet.
Lots of buttons, backgrounds and generic images are available on the Web. Try searching
WebPlaces or Yahoo for what you want.
hundreds of images and cartoons covering a spectrum of issues including
transport, war, climate-change, racism, genetics, corporations, sexuality,
education, and globalisation, all carrying the same message - that people
and the planet should be put before corporate profits. Many graphics are
available for download, to be reprinted in newspapers, magazines and
species of Borneo: Botanical drawings of trees.
sources of insect pictures from Iowa State University's Entomology Department.
Commercial clip art
Online clip-art subscription service. Includes the Dover collection.
published by Wheeler Arts, 66 Lake Park, Champaign, IL 61822-7132
US, tel. +1-217-359-6816, fax +1-217-359-8716, email email@example.com.
A variety of clip art (downloadable or on CD-ROM) of farm animals, crops,
fruit, grain and vegetables, as well as international scenes. Purchase
online or buy CD-ROMs. Many agricultural pictures, with North American
||Corel: Set of
CD-ROMs with 1,000,000 images: photos, clip art, fonts, web graphics, animated GIFs and so
Humourous drawings by Danish cartoonist Poul Carlsen. Plus lots of buttons
linking you to other clip art sites.
Lots of other commercial clip art is available on CD-ROM.
Various other publications are good sources of artwork. However, most of these are
copyrighted, so cannot be reproduced freely. You should always be careful to ask the
publisher of copyrighted artwork for permission to reproduce it. Most non-commercial
publishers, such as government agencies and international institutions, provide such
permissions free of chargeas do many commercial publishers. Here are some good
You can get enormous numbers of photos on CD-ROM (the collection by Corel is one
example), but few of the images are development-oriented. Here are some collections of
photo library of colour slides and prints of agriculture, aquaculture, environment and
general rural development.
Pictures: photo agency specialising in documentary photography with a focus
on political, cultural, economic and social issues in Africa, Asia, former Soviet Union,
Middle East and Latin America.
||FAO: photo library, searchable by keyword, with short
paragraph describing each photo.
Site devoted to agriculture. Click on "Images" for a list of sites with photos
Limited number of photos from the Consultative Group for International Agricultural
Research, the umbrella organization for international ag research centers.
Media/Materials Clearinghouse of the Center for Communication Programs at the Johns
Hopkins School of Public Health is an online database of international photographs related
to reproductive health, public health, and population in developing countries. Share your
own photos too!
Media/Materials Clearinghouse, 111 Market Place, Suite 310, Baltimore,
MD 21202, USA, tel. +1-410- 659 6300, fax +1-410-659.6266, firstname.lastname@example.org
||Any more useful sources? Please help improve this site by emailing them to us.
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