Print Resources | Databases | General Graphic Design Sites | Organizations and Associations | Publications | Tutorials | History of Graphic Design | Website Design | Artist Biographies


Print Resources

The Culinary branch has many great print resources for use in the Graphic Design programs at Hickey College. We have books on specific artists, books on careers in graphic design such as Opportunities in Commercial Art and Graphic Design Careers and The Graphic Design Business Book as well as on many other topics for graphic design students.  We also subscribe to print magazines including Photoshop User, Print,Advertising Age and Art in America.

Search the Library Catalog for a specific topic. If you need help to find any of these resources, ask a librarian!

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EBSCOhost – Search the Academic and General Interest category of EBSCOhost for news and information about all aspects of Graphic Design.

Gale Databases – Search Gale’s Discovering Collection for easy-to-read information about famous artists of the present and past.

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General Graphic Design Sites

BittboxFree brush and vector downloads under Freebies on the navigation bar at the top of the page.

Da Font Free fronts.

The FontFeed – “is a daily dispatch of recommended fonts, typography techniques, and inspirational examples of digital type at work in the real world.”

Mother Design – Showcasing great artwork, photography and visuals, the design of this site offers a different experience with each visit. The page changes with every push of the Refresh button.

Stock.xchng – Free stock photo site.

Death to Stock– Free stock photos and design inspiration.

Design Love Fest-Blog about creating beautiful design.

Pexels– Free stock photo site.

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Organizations and Associations

American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA)

Color Association of the United States  

Color Marketing Group (CMG)  

Graphic Artists Guild 

Icograda: International Council of Graphic Design Associations   

Printing Industries of America   

Society of Publication Designers  

National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP) Trade

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Applied Arts Magazine

Computer Graphics World 

Graphic Arts Magazine 

The Graphic Design and Publishing Center: DT&G Magazine


HOW Magazine: Design Ideas at Work (We have print copies of HOW at our Culinary branch.)

Print: America’s Graphic Design Magazine    (We have print copies of Print at our Culinary branch)

Smashing Magazine 

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Adobe TV – Video tutorials for all of Adobe’s products, including the latest version of Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Acrobat, Flash, Dreamweaver, Fireworks, Soundbooth, Lightroom, etc.

Chuck Green’s Free Tutorials –  The comprehensive archive of free tutorials offers insights on design, page layout, the use of color, illustration, photography, typography, print and Web design, and the business of design.

Layers Magazine Free Adobe Creative Suite Tutorials.

Photoshop Tutorials – From  Downloadable as PDF files.

YouTheDesigner – A graphic design blog with nicely illustrated, step-by-step tutorials on creating designs and text effects using various graphic design software.

Web Designer Wall – Design ideas, web trends, and tutorials.

Webdesigntuts+  – A blog made to house and showcase some of the best web design tutorials and articles around

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History of Graphic Design

A Short Introduction to Graphic Design History –  Extensive, organized by subject. From a former teacher of graphic design

The Legend of Koster: Psymon Web Bindery — Th creation of movable type.
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Website Design

HTML Goodies : The Ultimate HTML Resource – Contains primers and tutorials on HTML as well as non-HTML programming for the Web.

A List Apart – Explores the design, development, and meaning of web content, with a special focus on web standards and best practices.

NOUPE – Great web design and web development site. Updated often.

W3 Schools – Learn how to create a website, starting with the basics. Offers how-to tutorials and guides for HTML, CCSS, JavaScript, SQL, PHP, and JQuery.

Code Academy-Learn how to do HTML, Python, JavaScript or other coding languages with easy to follow tutorials.

Skillcrush-Learn how to code and learn how to land your dream website design job.

HTML Cheat Sheet – Use this as a quick reference guide for HTML 5.

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Artist Biographies

Biographies of Famous Artists – From the Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright © 2011, Columbia University Press.

Artcyclopedia – Has over 9,000 artists listed. Many have links to biographies online. Browse by name  or by movement.

ArtchiveView artist biographies by subject or alphabetically.

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