This one is hard to explain without watching the YouTube video over at Creative Bits: Content Aware Image Resizing
The video is a demonstration/presentation from the annual SIGGRAPH (Special Interest Group on GRAPHics and Interactive Techniques) Conference. In short, the video demonstrates computer algorithms which allow an image to be resized horizontally or vertically non-proportionally, without distorting the image. Elements are “reshuffled” inside the image to keep the same basic look of the visual information.
Who knew that Ohio State University has a Cartoon Research Library? Who knew anybody had a Cartoon Research Library?
A quick search to test the database, I searched for “Mort Drucker, magazine cartoon, MAD Magazine” (by selecting from the pre-existing categories in the search fields). Turns out you only get a textual search result, much like an old-school computer card catalog in a library.
They also sponsor an annual Festival of Cartoon Art, which this year is held October 26-27, 2007.