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Graphic Design: Getting Started

This guide will help you find graphic design resources both in the library and on the web.

New Graphic Design books

Getting Started with Graphic Design Research

 Looking for commercial & fine art books for reference and inspiration? Try searching the catalog for a specific artist or category of art, or see the call number guide on the bottom right to browse the entire selection on the shelves. If you can't find an art book you want, please suggest a library purchase (see my contact information on the right).

 Looking for a more technical 'how-to' type of guide? Try searching the library catalog for books and videos using a specific technique or software name (like 'perspective drawing' or 'Photoshop'). Here are some catalog subject searches to get you started:

 Interested in reading up on what's new in the industry? You might enjoy browsing this list of our Graphic Design magazines and journals (periodicals). You might notice that we only have newer issues of some of these magazines, while for others we only have older issues (and for some we have both). If you don't find what you want, you can ask a librarian for help.

 Looking for more theory or history-focused information such as color theory or the history of political posters? Try searching the catalog for books, or searching one of our databases listed under the 'Scholarly Research' tab.

Graphic Design Librarian

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Jared Cowing
Contact:
818-252-5202

Graphic Design Call Numbers

Use these numbers to browse our print books most relevant to Graphic Design!

NC997 - NC1003 - This is where most Graphic Design books live, including information on logos & infographics.

NC730-NC825 - These books are on drawing technique books such as human figure drawing, animal anatomy, environments, etc.

NK1160 - NK1590 - General design topics (including the color theory books)

NK3600 - NK3640 - Calligraphy

P93.5 - Visual communication theory books

P99 - Semiotics

T385-T386 - These books focus on the technology side of digital art, including books on Photoshop and ZBrush.

TS195-TS199 - Packaging

Z246 - Here you will find the books on typography, in addition to paper/printing topics.

Many of the technology-focused books that are quickly outdated, like ones on Photoshop and ZBrush, are available as ebooks. Learn how to access those here.

If you're browsing the shelves in these areas, remember to look in both Main Stacks and Oversize books. For graphic design, the really fun books will be the oversized ones!

Remember, you can always ask a librarian for help.