IMAG: A design classification system
What is a Classification System?
It is a tool used to thematically organize knowledge.
What is the IMAG Classification System?
It is a tool developed by the DHUBdoc in order to organize its current document reserves
What practical applications does a classification system, such as IMAG, serve?
It aids in the thematic and physical organization of documents, facilitating their retrieval through the use of a call number or topographic signature. (See photographic sequence).
Why does the DHUBdoc need its own differentiated classification system?
For two reasons:
1. The general classifications used by libraries cannot be applied to the field of design.
2. There are no standardized and specialized classification systems in field of design. Other specialized libraries have also created their own classification systems. The desire of the DHUBdoc is that the IMAG system could also be used by organizations outside of the DHUB
What are the IMAG classifications based on?
The classification IMAG is partially based on theUniversal Decimal Classification (used by the majorit of libraries). Other classifications from the design sector have been referenced including the needs put forth by the centres' users.
What does IMAG mean?
It refers to the four principal branches of the DHUB, which, in turn, corresponds to the four principal classes in this classification system:
I – Industrial design
M – Fashion design (Moda)
A – Architecture, Urban design, Interior design
G – Graphic design, Information design
Are there only these four branches within IMAG?
No, there are other secondary classes that share territory with the world of design and the DHUB:
D – General design
T – Crafts
F – Photography and Photojournalism
BA – Fine Arts
GC – Cultural Management and Museology
Are all DHUBdoc documents classified with IMAG?
No all: magazines and documents dated before 1950 are not classified with IMAG, since their physical organization and location are different from the rest of the documents.