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ART 416 Graphic Design: Home

Resources of interest as you survey the concepts, materials, and techniques involved in researching and designing graphic design.

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Graphic means : a history of graphic design production

It’s been roughly 30 years since the desktop computer revolutionized the way the graphic design industry works. For decades before that, it was the hands of industrious workers, and various ingenious machines and tools that brought type and image together on meticulously prepared paste-up boards, before they were sent to the printer.Graphic Means, explores graphic design production of the 1950s through the 1990s—from linecaster to photocomposition, and from paste-up to PDF. (85 min.)

Books on Graphic Design

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Historic Graphic Design

Selecting Colors

These books are available on RESERVE in the Library; call number Z258 .P363 2012   v. 1-5

Learn about the Pantone system at their website

Web Links

Graphic Design Blogs

Unique and creative samples of logo design, product development, and web graphics are displayed on these websites. Stay on top of visual trends by adding these blogs to your reading list.

  • Creative Bloq – This is a slick, attention-grabbing ode to traditional graphic design, web design, and 3D modeling. Creative Bloq is distributed by Future, an international media network. This blog features op-ed reviews of visual art, interviews with industry leaders, and feature articles on graphic design projects.
  • Swissmiss – This is the blog of Tina Roth Eisenberg, a professional graphic designer based in New York City. Her blog features unique product designs, software graphics, national design conferences, and industry developments. It is an informal collection of her favorite visual art pieces and multimedia.
  • You The Designer – This is a comprehensive blog dedicated to the lifestyle of being a graphic designer. Readers can skim through infographics and tutorials on software like AutoDesk, InDesign, and Photoshop. This is also a great stop for professionals and students that need to refill their well of inspiration.
  • I Love Typography – Fonts and typefaces are critical to graphic design. So it’s no wonder that graphic designer John Boardley has created an entire blog to pay homage to typography. He walks readers through how to identify and choose the right type for a project. Dive into typography theory with this thought-provoking blog.

Graphic Design in ARTstor

Milton Glaser, (graphic designer). (1967). Mahalia jackson.

Milton Glaser, (graphic designer). (1967). Mahalia jackson. [concerts, posters]. Retrieved from

Course Description

Surveys the concepts, materials, and techniques involved in researching and designing graphic design. This hands-on course implements the principles of  design while developing technical skills


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