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Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

These online resources are for quick reference on terms, styles, designers, etc. The databases that you will use for research are under the Finding Articles tab in this Guide.



Here are some examples of handbooks and manuals that describe the fundamentals and best practices of graphic design. The titles listed below are all available electronically; there are additional electronic and print materials that you can find through the Library Catalog.


Background Information

Here are some examples of books that can provide a broad look at the history of graphic design and graphic design theory. There are many other histories of graphic design, both print and electronic, that you can find through the Library Catalog.

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Meggs' History of Graphic Design  Icon
Call Number: Electronic Book
This is the standard text for the History of Graphic Design. It is so well known that you may see or hear it referred to simply as "Meggs" or "the Meggs book".

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100 Ideas That Changed Graphic Design
Call Number: NC998 .H4456 2012

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Design Humor: The Art Of Graphic Wit
Call Number: NC1325 .H45 2002



Here are some resources to get started in identifying historical designers and designers of renown.

If you are interested in designers from a particular part of the world, trying using a subject search in the Library Catalog. Use the Keyword drop-down book to select Subject. Here are some suggested search terms:

Graphic artists Switzerland

Designers England

For more information on how to search the library is available in the Using the Library Catalog guide.



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