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Graphic Arts & Design
Prepared by Karilyn Jaap
Most of the material on this subject can be found on the third floor of the library under the basic classifications NC825 – NC845 and NC997 – NC1000. To find titles in the library’s online catalog, use the keyword search terms graphic arts or graphic design.
Art Full-Text . 1984 to date. Libraries of the USF System
Indexes 377 key international arts publications; provides full text on one-third of these from 1997 forward.
Arts and Humanities Search. 1980 to date. Libraries of the USF System
Indexes more than 1,300 of the world’s leading arts and humanities journals plus relevant selections from social science and science journals.
Expanded Academic ASAP . 1980 to date. Libraries of the USF System
Gives citations and, where available, abstracts for 1,000 scholarly journals and popular magazines in the arts, humanities, social sciences, and science and technology. Many articles since the mid-1990s are available full-text online.
Grove Art Online. 1996. Libraries of the USF System
A web version of the 34-volume Grove Dictionary of Art (the print version of this title can be found in the reference stacks: REF N31 .D5 1996). The online version is updated quarterly, adding both articles and images.
Project Muse . Dates vary. Libraries of the USF System
Provides articles full-text online in over 250 journals published by either Johns Hopkins or other scholarly presses, including material in the field of the visual arts.
Dictionaries and Encyclopedias
Design Encyclopedia. REF NK1370 .B93 2004.
Short entries, covering the last 125 years, on the artists, movements, and objects that make up the canon of international design. Entries are alphabetically arranged, many are illustrated, and most carry a bibliography. There is no index.
Designer’s Lexicon . REF NC1000 .C28 2000.
Subtitled “an illustrated dictionary of design, printing, and computer terms,” this volume is divided into “nine broad categories and within each category terms are arranged—not alphabetically—into loose groups of like terms.” There is a word-finder at the beginning that serves as an index. A small bibliography and list of web sites are at the back.
Encyclopedia of Graphic Communications. REF Z118 .G29 1998b.
Compiled by the Graphic Arts Technical Foundation (GATF), this encyclopedia gives definitions for over 10,000 terms covering every aspect of visual communication. A prefatory chapter outlines the 500-year history of printing; appendices list a timeline of communications and a bibliography.
Glossary of Graphic Communications. REF Z118 .G76 1998.
Defines over 3,000 terms used in the electronic publishing business. A list of abbreviations and acronyms, file extensions, and a bibliography are at the back.
Prentice-Hall Graphic Communications Dictionary. REF Z118 .L96 2000.
Alphabetical list of definitions for common terms used in printing and graphic communications. Includes acronyms. Lists of associations, pertinent publications, and abbreviations are at the back.
Thames & Hudson Dictionary of Graphic Design and Designers. REF NC997 .L54 2003.
Lists movements, technical advances, and leading figures in graphic design since 1840. Subject index at the front. A timeline and a bibliography are at the back.
100 Graphic Designers. NC998.4 .A74 2003.
Chosen for inclusion by ten “distinguished design leaders from around the world,” artists are listed alphabetically with samples of each individual’s work and a short descriptive text. Full biographical particulars are at the back followed by an index.
Artist’s and Graphic Designer’s Market . Index Table L. REF N8600 .A76.
Subtitled “where and how to sell your illustrations, fine art, graphic design, & cartoons,” this annual volume lists various publishing agencies grouped by market type. Detailed information accompanies each listing. Strategies for marketing introduce each section. A glossary, a niche marketing index, and a general index are at the back.
Graphic Designer’s Ultimate Resource Directory. REF NC999 .E825 1999.
Each chapter covers a broad category subdivided by relevant topics listing pertinent products and services within the U.S. and Canada. There is a general index at the back.
International Directory of Design. REF HF5814 .I58 2000.
Part of a twelve-volume annual set, this volume (#6) covers advertising, graphics, and typography design alphabetically by country. Each group includes listings for schools, periodicals, and organizations. Larger countries (e.g., the United States) are subgrouped by state and city. At the back are three indexes: educational program, periodical publication, and professional organizations.
Art Information on the Internet . REF N59 .J66 1999.
Divided into three major parts. The first gives basic information on components of web addresses, search strategies, and evaluating web sites. The second part describes types of web sites and how to locate them. The third part gives web addresses and information for various art categories, including a useful bibliography at the head of each section. Graphic arts and prints begins on page 191. A lengthy index is at the back.
Graphic Design Speak. REF NC997 .A5M55 1999.
Gives “visual definitions of adjectives commonly used to describe design concepts.” Arranged in alphabetical order by concept. The table of contents serves as an index.
Graphic Design Timeline. REF NC998 .H455 2000.
Labeled “a century of design milestones,” this volume actually starts with 1890. Each year, through 2000, is divided into eight to twelve parallel categories. Months and days are not given. Appendices at the back list birth and death dates of artists and designers who had an impact on visual culture, honors and awards, a bibliography, and a general index.
Universal Principles of Design. REF NK1165 .L53 2003.
Alphabetically arranged “access to cross-disciplinary design knowledge.” The 100 concepts presented “consist of laws, guidelines, human biases, and general design considerations.” Each two-page format consists of definitions, guidelines and examples of use, and a full-page visual sample with related graphics. There are two tables of contents at the front: alphabetical and categorical, and an index at the back.
Titles on typography, especially as it relates to online graphic design, can be found on the third floor of the library in classification Z246 – Z250. Some recent acquisitions in this area are listed below.
Encyclopedia of Typefaces. REF Z250 .J36 2001.
Divided by the three major types: serif, sans-serif, and script. Each example is prefaced by a short entry on the designer. A glossary of terms is at the front on page viii; an index of designers and typeface names is at the back.
Graphic Idea Resource Series.
Layout . Z246 .K38 1998.
Applied Arts. Print: 2002 to date.
Communication Arts. Print: 2002 to date.
Computer Graphics World. Print: 2002 to date. Online: 1992 to date.
Computer Vision and Image Understanding. Online: 1995 to date. Refereed.
Graphic Arts Monthly. Online: 1987 to date.
Graphical Models. Online: 2000 to date. Refereed.
formerly: Graphical Models and Image Processing. Online: 1993-1999.
Graphis. Print: 2002 to date
Journal of Visual Communication and Image Representation. Online: 1993 to date. Refereed.
Print . Print: 2002 to date. Online: 1994 to date.
Step Inside Design. Print: 2002 to date.