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Getting Started in Graphic Design

Research in Graphic Design spans the study of color, painting, drawing, sculpture, and architecture in addtion to grids, logos, type, printmaking, web technology, and the application of software for visual illustration. It also draws on other disciplines such as psychology, business marketing and mass media.  The broad scope of the library's collection, greatly augmented by holdings at libraries in the Washington Research Libraries Consortium, covers the various disciplines you need to learn about to be successful in your course of study.  

Navigate the pages of this guide to discover and gain access to encyclopedias and dictionaries, books, journals, research databases, and internet resources. You will also find helpful tips and strategies to search on databases and evaluate information you find over the internet.  The page of Internet Resources offers links to many online sources of images which you can incorporate in your coursework.


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Begin with a map

Create a map of concepts that visualizes the interrelationships of your graphic design topic and other ideas.  Go to Credo Reference and select Concept Map.


Develop a research plan

Develop your research topic.

What are the important concepts?  Consider the following:

  • time period
  • place
  • specific event   
  • specific people

Does your topic overlap other disciplines such as anthropology, geography or political science?

Think of 2- 3 questions to explore.

  • Think about the history of your topic, and its categories.
  • Who are the key people? What did they do? Why did it happen?

Under each question, think about the following aspects:

  • What do you already know about your topic?
  • What do you need to learn to better understand your topic?
  • What would provide the answer to these questions?

    Consider your audience.

    • Who will read your paper?
    • Why will it interest them?
    • What will be new to them?

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