BA Graphic Design
Meet your Librarian – Kirsten Pairpoint
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.
Try these virtual shelves which link you to ready-made collections of e-books on specific subjects.
Useful E-Book Collections for BA Graphic Design:
Graphic Design (ProQuest)
Information Design (ProQuest)
Books on Graphic Design
With the exception of short loan books, items in the main collection can be borrowed for three weeks.
Graphic Design books in the Library’s main collection are held between Dewey Decimal numbers 750 and 756 and include titles on Individual Graphic Designers, Typography and Layout, Book and Magazine Design, Information Design, Poster Design, Packaging Design and more.
Find out how to search for books on Discovery, the Library catalogue, here.
The below lists have been provided by your course leaders and include sources you may find useful when studying.
‘Required’ resources are essential to your course and we strongly advise you use them. ‘Recommended’ and ‘Further’ sources are all available via the Library and are suggested to help you with your research. Don’t forget, you can find a lot more than is listed here by searching the Library online.
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 Design:
Box of Broadcasts
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.
Video resources to support accessing and using BoB are available on the VLE.
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.
A video guide to using Statista is available on the VLE.
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.
Short videos on how to access and use O’Reilly are available on the VLE.
British Periodicals 1681-1939
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.
Visual Arts Data Service
VADS includes 140,000 images (fashion, textiles, posters, prints and design artefacts) from over 50 diverse UK collections. Images are copyright-cleared for non-commercial educational use and personal research.
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 Design publications:
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.
Founded in 1959, Communication Arts is a source of inspiration for graphic designers, art directors, design firms, corporate design departments, advertising agencies, interactive designers, illustrators and photographers—everyone involved in visual communication.
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.
Design and Culture
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.
Eye : The International Review of Graphic Design
A quarterly printed magazine about graphic design and visual culture.
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:
Research Report Examples
Useful Graphics-Friendly Websites
Here are a few ideas for blogs and websites that you might like to browse for information, inspiration and ideas.
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.
- Design Week
Design news, views and inspiration
News and articles on packaging and branding, including lots on food and drink packaging.
- 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.
- Johnson Banks Thought for the Week
Brand design company Johnson Banks on design-related issues.
- Trend List
Exploring visual trends in contemporary graphic design.
- Typographic Circle
Free downloadable guides to various aspects of typography.
'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)'