Around the Nation

BY Tom LeGro  September 26, 2012 at 11:15 AM EDT

Here are four arts and culture videos from public broadcasting partners around the nation.

“Off Book” explores “The Art of Web Design”:
“The explosion of the internet over the past 20 years has led to the development of one of the newest creative mediums: the website. Web designers have adapted through the technological developments of html, CSS, Flash, and JavaScript, and have mastered the balance between creativity and usability. Now, the rise of mobile computing is further changing our expectations for responsible web design.”

Watch The Art of Web Design | OFF BOOK on PBS. See more from Off Book.

“Idea Channel” asks, “Are Virtual Video Game Economies Becoming Real?”:
“The idea that a collection of pixels can be sold for actual money might be confusing to some, as they are neither true “objects” you can hold nor “ideas” that can be considered intellectual property. But despite the lack of tangibility, real world economies have formed around these games and real world profits are being made.”

Watch Are Virtual Video Game Economies Becoming Real? on PBS. See more from Idea Channel.

“The Cliburn: 50 Years of Gold” premieres Friday on PBS (check your local listings):
“Every four years, a group of the finest young pianists takes the stage at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth, Texas….Seen through the eyes and memories of 15 gold medalists, The Cliburn: 50 Years of Gold follows the half-century-long history of one of the world’s most prestigious music competitions.”

Watch The Cliburn: 50 Years of Gold – Preview on PBS. See more from 50 Years of Gold.

“MN Original” profiles artist Emily Gray Koehler:
“Printmaker Emily Koehler’s reduction woodblock prints are nature scenes informed by a childhood split between the farm and the forest. After an initial print is made, Koehler builds a corresponding collagraph out of a rigid surface, collected prairie grasses and glue, to which she applies ink and runs through a press atop the original print. The result is an added layer of texture which makes the two-dimensional print more dynamic. Koehler lives and works in White Bear Lake.”