The purpose of this pathfinder is to provide a starting point in locating quality information and useful resources for those who would like to learn the fundamentals of graphic design.
Graphic design is a the art and profession of selecting and arranging visual elements—such as typography, images, symbols, and colors—to convey a message to an audience. Sometimes graphic design is called "visual communications," a term that emphasizes its function of giving form—e.g., the design of a book, advertisement, logo, or Web site—to information.
(Source: Meggs, Philip B. "Graphic Design." Encyclopædia Britannica. 2007. Encyclopædia Britannica Online. UB Libraries, Buffalo, NY. 21 Oct. 2007 <http://ublib.buffalo.edu/libraries/e-resources/eb.html>.)
A History of Graphic Design. Meggs, Philip B. ©1998.
Design Literacy : Understanding Graphic Design. Heller,
The Medium is The Massage. McLuhan, Marshall. 1967.
Looking Closer : Critical Writings on Graphic Design. Beirut,
Michael, et al. ©1994.
The Elements of Graphic Design : Space, Unity, Page Architecture,
and Type. White, Alex. ©2002.
The Elements of Typographic Style. Bringhurst, Robert. ©1992.
The following Library of Congress (LC) subject headings are helpful when searching the UB Libraries BISON Catalog:
To browse in the book or reference collections for titles focusing on Graphic Design look for LC call numbers within the ranges listed below. Please note that some of the books may be found in the oversize section of the 3rd floor Lockwood Library.
"Graphic Design." The New Encyclopaedia Britannica: Macropedia.
15th ed. ©2007. pp 160-168.
World Graphic Design : Contemporary Graphics from Africa, the
Far East, Latin America and the Middle East. Caban, Geoffrey.
Who's Who in Graphic Arts : An Illustrated World Review of the
Leading Contemporary Graphic and Typographic Designers, Illustrators
and Cartoonists; with a Short Illustrated History of the Graphic Arts.
Amstutz, Walter, ed. 1982.
Pocket Pal: A Graphic Arts Production Handbook. International
Paper, Co. 1979.
The New Typography : a Handbook for Modern Designers. Tschichold,
Design. Clio Press, ©1984.
Graphic Design: A Concise History. Hollis, Richard. ©1994.
The Education of A Graphic Designer. Heller, Steven, ed. ©1998.
Becoming a Graphic Designer: A Guide to Careers in Design.
Heller, Steven. ©2002.
Design Issues : How Graphic Design Informs Society. Holland,
DK, ed. ©2001.
Graphic Arts Abstracts.
Pittsburgh, Pa. : Graphic Arts Technical Foundation, 1968-.
Art Abstracts. WilsonWeb. UB Libraries, Buffalo, NY.
Art Index Retrospective. WilsonWeb. UB Libraries, Buffalo,
Communication Arts. Bi-monthly. Coyne & Blanchard, Inc.,
Journal of the American Institute of Graphic Arts. Quarterly.
American Institute of Graphic Arts, 1965-.
Art Direction. Monthly. Advertising Trade Publications,
Design Annual. Annually. Graphis Inc., 1998-.
Eye. Quarterly. Eye Magazine, 1984-.
ADA Standards for Accessible Design. U.S. Department of
Copyright Law of the United States. U.S. Copyright Office.
For more resources pertaining to Copyright and Fair Use please refer
to the UB Libraries Copyright resource page:
For more government documents related to the topic of graphic art
and design, a search in databases listed on the UB Libraries Government
Documents resource page will generate more results:
Home: AIGA. American Institute for Graphic Arts.
Communication Arts Network. Coyne & Blanchard, Inc.
About.com: Graphic Design. About, Inc.
Graphics.com: The Shared Resource for Creative Design. Jupitermedia Corporation.
D.I.Y. Design It Yourself. Lupton, Ellen, ed. Maryland Institute
College of Art.
AIGA (American Institute for Graphic Arts).
164 Fifth Avenue
A listing of AIGA publications can be found
at the following page:
AIGA also hosted the Voice: AIGA Journal
of Design which is a free online publication:
ATypI (Association Typographique Internationale).
ATypI Secretariat / Executive Director
ATypI publishes occasional members' newsletter.
Some of the past newsletters are available to download for free in
PDF format. A listing of all ATypI
publications can be found at the following page:
SPD (The Society of Publication Designers).
17 East 47th Street
Some SPD publications are available for
free for members. A listing of all
SPD publications can be found at the following page: