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A professional association for design, is committed
to furthering excellence in design as a broadly-defined
discipline, strategic tool for business and
cultural force. AIGA is the place design professionals
turn to first to exchange ideas and information,
participate in critical analysis and research
and advance education and ethical practice.
A premier organization for integrated media
and the first international creative collective
of its kind. Founded in New York in 1920, the
ADC is a self-funding, not-for-profit membership
organization that celebrates and inspires creative
excellence, connecting creative visual communications
professionals from around the world.
Association of the United States
The oldest color forecasting service in the
US. Since 1915, the Association has been issuing
color reports in elegant, fabric-swatched booklet
form. The Color Association is the only forecasting
service that selects its colors through a committee
panel of eight to twelve industry professionals.
A national union of illustrators, designers,
web creators, production artists, surface designers
and other creatives who have come together to
pursue common goals, share their experience,
raise industry standards, and improve the ability
of visual creators to achieve satisfying and
Recognizes, promotes and protects the profession
of interior design.
of Black Designers
A non-profit national professional association
dedicated to promoting the visibility, education,
empowerment and interaction of its membership
and the understanding and value that diverse
design perspectives contribute to world culture
and commerce. The Organization of Black Designers
(OBD) is the first national organization dedicated
to addressing the unique needs of African-American
for Environmental Graphic Design
An international non-profit educational organization
providing resources for design specialists in
the field of environmental graphic design, architecture,
and landscape, interior, and industrial design.
Provides art directors, graphic designers, corporate
art departments and publishers with resources
for their creative needs for assignment as well
as industry contact information.
by David Bayles and Ted Orland
Explores the way art gets made, the
reasons it often doesn't get made, and the nature
of the difficulties that cause so many artists
to give up along the way. The book's co-authors,
David Bayles and Ted Orland, are themselves
both working artists, grappling daily with the
problems of making art in the real world. Their
insights and observations, drawn from personal
experience, provide an incisive view into the
world of art as it is expeienced by artmakers
themselves. This is not your typical self-help
book. This is a book written by artists, for
artists – it's about what it feels like
when artists sit down at their easel or keyboard,
in their studio or performance space, trying
to do the work they need to do.
Visual Dictionary of Architecture
by Francis D. K. Ching
A Visual Dictionary of Architecture is a remarkable,
on-of-a-kind compendium which uses a combination
of textual definitions and hundreds of superb
line drawings to illuminate a comprehensive
body of essential terms in architecture, including
important interrelationships between building
components. Grouped by themes, such as history,
systems, structures, forms, construction, environmental
issues, and behavior, all terms have their visual
complement and can be readily accessed in a
number of different ways.
Connoisseur: An Eclectic Collection of Imagery
by Stephen Heller and Louise Fili
Type lovers and history buffs alike will enjoy
this gallery of vintage typefaces, ornaments,
letterheads, and trademarks. Exquisite graphic
design artifacts comprise this unusual collection
culled from type and typography books from 1900
How to Grow as a Graphic Designer
by Catharine Fishel
A great insight into the lives of working graphic
designers and the struggles they go thru to
get to the top. A ton of inspirational quotes
that can really be helpful when stuck in a slump.
It's a great book for any student designer or
designer that justs want to hear what others
think of their craft.
by Bruce Mau
Each day, the average Western citizen sees,
assimilates, and recognizes 16,000 logos. Chances
are that Bruce Mau has been involved in the
creation, evolution, and/or devolution of many
of them. But calling Bruce Mau a graphic designer
would be akin to calling Mae West a playwright--technically
correct, but oh-so-limiting.
Your Heart into It: How Starbucks Built a Company
One Cup at a Time
by Howard Schultz
Since 1987, Starbucks's star has been on the
rise, growing from 11 Seattle, WA-based stores
to more than 1,000 worldwide. Its goals grew,
too, from the more modest, albeit fundamental
one of offering high-quality coffee beans roasted
to perfection to, more recently, opening a new
store somewhere every day. An exemplary success
story, Starbucks is identified with innovative
marketing strategies, employee-ownership programs,
and a product that's become a subculture.
Collins Big Book of Art: From Cave Art to Pop
by David G. Wilkins
A beautiful, unusual and engaging compendium
of art history, providing an accessible entree
into the world of art for everyone, regardless
of their experience.
The Business of Graphic Design: A Sensible Approach
to Marketing and Managing a Graphic Design Firm
by Ed Gold
The best part of this book is that more than
half of it is interviews with successful designers,
and examples of their work. They are quite candid,
and talk about how they became a designer or
started a studio, and how they run their business
and deal with customers. Highly recommended.
Business Side of Creativity: The Complete Guide
for Running a Graphic Design or Communications
by Cameron S. Foote
Updated edition of an industry standard furnishes
all freelance graphic designers, art directors,
illustrators, copywriters, and design-shop principals
with the tools needed to move ahead in the design
business. From getting launched to running a
multiperson shop to retiring comfortably this
book covers it all and includes sample business
Elements of Typographic Style
by Robert Bringhurst
This lovely, well-written book is concerned
foremost with creating beautiful typography
and is essential for professionals who regularly
work with typographic designs. Author Robert
Bringhurst writes about designing with the correct
typeface; striving for rhythm, proportion, and
harmony; choosing and combining type; designing
pages; using section heads, subheads, footnotes,
and tables; applying kerning and other type
adjustments to improve legibility; and adding
special characters, including punctuation and
Savvy Designer's Guide To Success: Ideas and
Tactics for a Killer Career
by Jeff Fisher
Now every designer can reap the benefits of
having the perfect mentor. In this career guide,
Jeff Fisher shows off his winning personality
with ideas and solutions to nearly every career
dilemma, including: - Building a recognizable
and reputable firm - Presenting a professional
image all the time.
Visual Display of Quantitative Information
by Edward R. Tufte
A timeless classic in how complex information
should be presented graphically. The Strunk
& White of visual design. Should occupy
a place of honor – within arm's reach
– of everyone attempting to understand
or depict numerical data graphically. The design
of the book is an exemplar of the principles
it espouses: elegant typography and layout,
and seamless integration of lucid text and perfectly
chosen graphical examples.
The leading trade journal for visual communications.
A resource for modern, post-modern and contemporary
design of the 20th-21st centuries where you'll
find information on designers and producers,
on furniture, lighting, dinnerware and accessories.
Your total Graphic Design Resource including:
graphic design books, graphic design magazines,
latest news, original articles, graphic design
resource links, design conference updates, graphic
design competition listings, and much more.
The first tool created specifically to help
designers make meaningful connections worldwide.
Build your career one connection at a time,
easily networking with other designers in your
market and around the world.
Intelligent discussion about web design.
A social-based site that brings together creative
people from different disciplines (and parts)
of the design world. With the integration of
portfolios, inspirations, job postings, and
community, design:related serves to motivate
designers to share ideas, inspire, and be inspired.
A user-controlled web design showcase, providing
the members with the power to decide which sites
are showcased and which sites are not.
Connects the design industry with news, announcements,
designers, galleries, and more.
Global Guide to Web Design Firms
The graphic design community's trusted source
for creative inspiration, business advice, and
tools of the trade.
Offers information, background and tutorials
about all aspects of design for print and everything
related to it.
Devoted to tutoring, empowering and stimulating
creativity as well as excellence in design projects
by the international community involved in the
industry and beyond!
Dedicated to the progress of the graphic design
profession and its practitioners; at times intangible,
its purpose is to question, push, analyze and
agitate graphic design and its practitioners.
A monthly submission site dedicated to showcasing
the creative talents of designers from all points
of the globe. Original works are submitted and
displayed on the Urban Collective website and
this inturn leads to worldwide exposure to fellow
Wide Design Directory
A global directory of selected design companies
and professionals which helps designers to showcase
work, provide information about services, share
news and in return attract visitors and get
International magazine of interior design.
Baseline sets out to reflect all aspects of
type, including its design, history, use, and
links to the graphic, art and craft scenes.
& White Magazine
A journal for collectors of fine photography.
Quarterly collection of student work in the
fields of advertising design, illustration,
Creative resource for graphic design, advertising,
photography, multimedia development, illustration,
and art direction.
A one-stop shop for professional advice on creating
digital art and illustrations.
Provides creative professionals with an insider's
perspective on the people, news, trends and
events that influence the local advertising
and creative production industries.
A non-profit online design magazine aimed to
deconstruct the design of things that impact
our daily lives.
Covering work and life in the new economy.
A semi-annual review dealing with graffiti,
photography and graphic design. It's celebrating
the creativity of emerging artists and those
who have already carved their place in history,
it's contributors are both famous and unknown.
Printed in Italy with both English and Italian
Provides information about subscriptions, contests,
advertising, and more for the magazine GD:USA,
featuring news for graphic designers, illustrators,
and other creative professionals.
Contains ideas and techniques in graphic design
that explore the studios of art directors, production
designers and computer graphics professionals.
International interactive design magazine.
Explores the ways design shapes the world; covers
the broad spectrum of design disciplines and
Offers tips, camera and equipment reviews, and
articles from the print magazine.
Graphic design magazine.
Explores the impact of design on all facets
of our lives; how we work, learn, move, communicate,
and play. STEP takes readers behind the scenes
to meet the creative problem-solvers that make
it possible for us to move through the world
in brilliant and dynamic ways.
American fashion, design, and lifestyle publication
with a bi-coastal perspective.
Gadgets, art, design and style in a
modern social context.
Chronicles the emerging future in culture, politics,
business and technology. The voice of the digital
The New School of Design New York,
A global institution of the visual arts and
Institute Brooklyn, New York
Houses schools of Art and Design, Architecture
and Information and Library Sciences that are
internationally known for their excellence.
The Art Institute Online Pittsburgh,
Earn a degree or diploma while attending class
anytime - day or night - to fit your busy schedule.
Choose from our broad range of academic programs
to find one that inspires you including Advertising,
Fashion, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Interactive
Media, Media Arts, and Animation.