Need some design inspo? The Smithsonian just digitised 200,000 items for your viewing pleasure

We love free shit, because who doesn’t? What we love even more is visually appealing free shit, and this could be the motherlode. Cooper Hewitt, also known as the Smithsonian Design Museum, has quietly been digitising their collection, giving you virtual access to over 200,000 items from across a period of 3,000 years.

Better leave a trail of breadcrumbs, you’ll get lost in here forever.

Smithsonian Design Museum Cooper Hewitt John Lennon Richard Avedon
Poster, John Lennon, 1967; Designed by Richard Avedon

Need some design inspiration? Shuffle through almost every single item in the Cooper Hewitt collection, now available online for free.

More and more archivists seem to be jumping on the online trend lately, with the Guggenheim recently releasing over 200 of their modern art catalogues into the web.

So jump on through to the Cooper Hewitt collection, where you can search by name, year, even colour. Check out some of the items below.

Keith Haring
Poster, Keith Haring at Fun Gallery, 1983; Designed by Keith Allen Haring
Poster, Pink Floyd, 1970; Printed by Tea Lautrec Litho
Poster, Dylan, 1966; Designed by Milton Glaser
Poster, Ray Charles, 1980; Designed by William Wondriska
Poster; Bridget Riley

In case you hadn’t noticed, I really like posters. This is just the tip of the iceberg – view the entire collection here.

Via Open Culture.