BA Graphic Communication

Meet your Librarian – Kirsten Pairpoint

About Kirsten

Kirsten Pairpoint is the Subject Librarian responsible for Design for Publishing, Graphic Communication, Graphic Design and Illustration. She studied Graphic Information Design at the University of Westminster and worked at the National Art Library at the Victoria and Albert Museum where she curated the Annual Illustration Awards.

How Can I Help You?

You can book one to one tutorials with me to help you with your research or referencing, please contact me via email or you can drop into the library office (DS103) to have a chat!

I work Wednesday afternoons and all day Thursday and Friday.

As a team, we also provide research and referencing drop in sessions to assist you in the run up to written work hand-ins, keep an eye on Instagram (@nualibrary) for times and dates.

E-Book Collections

Try these virtual shelves which link you to ready-made collections of e-books on specific subjects.

Useful E-Book Collections for BA Graphic Communication:

Books about Zines (ProQuest)

BA Design for PublishingBA Graphic CommunicationBA Graphic DesignBA Illustration

Design

BA Graphic Communication

Graphic Design (ProQuest)

BA Design for PublishingBA Graphic CommunicationBA Graphic Design

Information Design (ProQuest)

BA Design for PublishingBA Graphic CommunicationBA Graphic Design

Posters (ProQuest)

BA Graphic CommunicationBA Graphic DesignBA Illustration
Print Books

Books on Graphic Communication

With the exception of short loan books, items in the main collection can be borrowed for three weeks.
Graphic Communication books in the Library’s main collection are held between Dewey Decimal numbers 750 and 756, and include titles on Typography, Book and Magazine Design, Information Design, Packaging Design and more.
Find out how to search for books on Discovery, the Library catalogue, here.

    Online Resources

    As well as printed materials, the Library also has a wide selection of online resources to help you with your research. These can be really useful for finding information for reports and essays.

    Useful Online Resources for BA Graphic Communication:

    TV, Video and Sound
    Access: On and Off-campus

    Box of Broadcasts

    BA ActingBA AnimationBA Animation and Visual EffectsBA ArchitectureBA Design for PublishingBA FashionBA Fashion Communication and PromotionBA Fashion Marketing and BusinessBA Film and Moving Image ProductionBA Graphic CommunicationBA Graphic DesignBA IllustrationBA Interior DesignBA PhotographyBA Textile DesignBA VFXBSc Games DevelopmentBSc User Experience DesignMA Communication DesignMA CurationMA FashionMA Fine ArtMA GamesMA Moving Image and SoundMA Performing Arts EnterpriseMA PhotographyMA Textile Design

    BoB is an up to date television streaming service available to all students and staff. BoB allows you to view recently aired programmes from over 65 channels and there is a searchable archive of 2 million broadcasts. You can also record programmes aired in the last 30 days which will be stored on the service permanently, meaning you can watch them again and again. Best of all, you do not need a TV license to use this service.

    This service is not available outside of the UK. You will need to register with BoB when you first try and access it.

    E-Books
    Access: On and Off-campus

    O'Reilly

    BA Animation and Visual EffectsBA ArchitectureBA Design for PublishingBA FashionBA Fashion Communication and PromotionBA Fashion Marketing and BusinessBA Film and Moving Image ProductionBA Games Art and DesignBA Graphic CommunicationBA Graphic DesignBA IllustrationBA Interior DesignBA PhotographyBA Textile DesignBA VFXBSc Games DevelopmentBSc User Experience DesignMA Communication DesignMA FashionMA GamesMA Textile Design

    Access to over 21,000 technical e-books and videos to assist with IT and programming needs. Other areas include art and design with publishers like Laurence King included and books about well being too. Aimed specifically at Higher Education users with a interface that allows for personalising and comes with an app which is free to download.

    Trends and Market Data
    Access: On and Off-campus

    Statista

    BA ArchitectureBA Design for PublishingBA FashionBA Fashion Communication and PromotionBA Fashion Marketing and BusinessBA Film and Moving Image ProductionBA Graphic CommunicationBA Graphic DesignBA IllustrationBA Interior DesignBA Textile DesignBA VFXMA Communication DesignMA FashionMA Moving Image and SoundMA Textile Design

    Statista offers over 1.5 million statistics from over 18,000 sources, available immediately in easy to use graphs you can use in your own reports and presentations. Statista includes market data, industry reports, forecasts, opinion polls and infographics.

    E-Journals
    Access: On and Off-campus

    British Periodicals 1681-1939

    BA ActingBA ArchitectureBA Design for PublishingBA Fine ArtBA Graphic CommunicationBA Graphic DesignBA IllustrationMA Communication DesignMA Fine Art

    This database provides access to the searchable full text of hundreds of periodicals from the late seventeenth century to the early twentieth, comprising millions of high-resolution facsimile page images. Topics covered include literature, philosophy, history, science, the social sciences, music, art, drama, archaeology and architecture.

    Maps and Images
    Access: Free Online

    NYPL Digital Gallery

    BA Graphic CommunicationBA Graphic DesignBA PhotographyMA Communication DesignMA Photography

    Free access to over 700,000 images digitized from the The New York Public Library’s collections (including illuminated manuscripts, historical maps, vintage posters, rare prints, photographs and more).

    Publications

    Journals and magazines cannot be taken out on loan, but you are welcome to browse the latest issues and back copies held on the first floor of the Library.

    Journals and magazines are a valuable source of visual and written material to help you in your research. It’s a good idea to get to know the titles related to your course because:

    • They are up to date.
    • Often the material in them covers contemporary activity and news.
    • Young animators and designers will be covered in journals long before they are covered by books.

     

    Below you will find a small selection of magazines and journals related to your course.
    To see all of your course publications, use the link at the bottom of this list.

    Selected BA Graphic Communication publications:

    Magazine
    Access: On and Off-campus
    Availability: In Print and Online
    Status: Current

    Creative Review

    BA Design for PublishingBA Fashion Communication and PromotionBA Graphic CommunicationBA Graphic DesignBA IllustrationMA Communication Design

    The magazine focuses on commercial creativity, covering design, advertising, photography, branding, digital products, film and gaming. The magazine is published bimonthly in print and also has an online magazine and a podcast.
    Online full text available up until 10/01/2016.

    Journal
    Access: On and Off-campus
    Availability: Online
    Status: Current

    Design and Culture

    BA Design for PublishingBA Graphic CommunicationBA Graphic DesignMA Communication Design

    Design and Culture reflects the state of scholarship in the field of design and nurtures new or overlooked lines of inquiry that redefine our understanding of design.

    Magazine
    Access: On-Campus
    Availability: In Print
    Status: Current

    Elephant

    BA Design for PublishingBA FashionBA Fashion Communication and PromotionBA Fashion Marketing and BusinessBA Fine ArtBA Graphic CommunicationBA Graphic DesignBA IllustrationBA Textile DesignMA Communication DesignMA FashionMA Fine Art

    A quarterly art, design and culture magazine.

    Magazine
    Access: On and Off-campus
    Availability: In Print and Online
    Status: Current

    Eye : The International Review of Graphic Design

    BA Design for PublishingBA Fashion Communication and PromotionBA Graphic CommunicationBA Graphic DesignBA IllustrationMA Communication Design

    A quarterly printed magazine about graphic design and visual culture.

    Magazine
    Access: On-Campus
    Availability: In Print
    Status: Current

    Adbusters

    BA Design for PublishingBA Fashion Communication and PromotionBA Graphic CommunicationBA Graphic DesignBA IllustrationMA Communication Design

    Adbusters describes itself as “a global network of artists, activists, writers, pranksters, students, educators and entrepreneurs who want to advance the new social activist movement of the information age. This is their advertising-free, activist magazine.

    Research Reports

    Research Reports

    For the BA3a unit you are required to produce a Research Report.

    The Research Report gives you the chance to explore an area of interest to you and your practice. It should build on the ideas you laid out in the Research Report Proposal you handed in as part of the BA2b unit.

    The guidelines for all courses are available on the intranet: Research Report Guidelines

    You can see examples of high quality research reports from previous years’ NUA students via the link below:

    Websites

    Useful Graphics-Friendly Websites

    Here are a few ideas for blogs and websites that you might like to browse for information, inspiration and ideas.

    • AIGA

      Dating back to 1924, the Archives include more than 20,000 selections from AIGA’s national juried design competitions, and documents the shifting aesthetics and sensibilities of the designers of the day. Includes: packaging, corporate communications, brand and identity systems, typography, editorial design and illustration, and experience design.

    • AIGA Eye on Design

      News and features on the best new work from ‘the world’s most exciting emerging and established designers’.

    • Creative Review blog

      Opinion, analysis and advice on life in the creative industries

    • Design Observer

      An online-only magazine of writings on design and culture.

    • The Design Blog

      The Design Blog brings you carefully picked high quality inspiration, featuring works of designers and design studios from all over the world, with the main focus on young designers/ students.

    • Experimental Jetset

      Experimental Jetset is a small, independent, Amsterdam-based graphic design studio, founded in 1997 by (and still consisting of) Marieke Stolk, Erwin Brinkers and Danny van den Dungen. Focusing on printed matter and site-specific installations, and describing their methodology as “turning language into objects”, Experimental Jetset have worked on projects for a wide variety of institutes

    • Eye blog

      Blog for Eye, The International Review of Graphic Design, is a quarterly printed magazine about graphic design and visual culture.

    • It's Nice That

      A blog for art and design news and projects.

    • Trend List

      Exploring visual trends in contemporary graphic design.

    • Typographic Circle

      Free downloadable guides to various aspects of typography.

    • Yellowzine

      'Yellowzine is a print and online platform that centralises the artwork of ethnic minority creatives. We work with artists across the UK, with an aim to amplify and inspire. We are part of a contemporary movement for the progression of art by POC (People of Colour)'