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 Illustration:
Comics and Graphic Novels
Books on Illustration
With the exception of short loan books, main collection books can be borrowed for three weeks.
Illustration books in the Library’s main collection are held at Dewey Decimal number 755, and include titles on the History of Illustration, Illustration Techniques, Children’s Book Illustration, Individual Illustrators’ Lives and Work etc.
If you are interested in Comics and Graphic Novels, you’ll find them under Dewey Decimal number 754.65.
Find out how to search for books on Discovery, the Library catalogue, here.
The below lists have been supplied by your lecturers, and include sources you may find useful when studying for your units. ‘Required’ resources are essential to the unit 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 for this unit. 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 Illustration:
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.
British Cartoon Archive
Access more than 200,000 cartoons dating back to 1904, including the entire Giles Collection.
John Johnson Collection
The John Johnson Collection of Printed Ephemera gives access to over 65,000 digitised documents in five main categories exploring everyday life from the 18th to the early 20th century : 19th-Century Entertainment; The Booktrade; Popular Prints; Crime; Advertising (See also VADS for major images from the collection).
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.
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.
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 Illustration publications:
A general magazine about illustration – the artists, the collectors, the collections, the exhibitions, the history, the philosophy and the key events relating to this subject. Covers the work of great artists from the past as well as new graduates currently coming out of college.
Journal of Illustration
The journal encourages new critical writing on illustration, associated visual communication,and the role of the illustrator as visualizer, thinker, and facilitator.
Juxtapoz is a quarterly magazine that documents and makes accessible the creative life. Includes illustration, graphics, street art, sculpture, film, textiles, fashion.
Studies in Comics
Aims to describe the nature of comics, to identify the medium as a distinct art form and to address the medium's formal properties.
Published bi-annually by the Association of Illustrators, Varoom is the globally leading illustration magazine featuring a unique combination of industry insight and critical analysis of the field of illustration.
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 Illustration-Friendly Websites
Here are a few ideas for blogs and websites that you might like to browse for information, inspiration and ideas.
- AIGA Eye on Design
News and features on the best new work from ‘the world’s most exciting emerging and established designers’. This is the Illustration section of the site.
- The Association of Illustrators
The AOI was established in 1973 to advance and protect illustrator’s rights and encourage professional standards.
- Book Cover Archive
‘For the appreciation and categorization of excellence in book cover design’. Also includes links to the designers’ online portfolios.
- Design for Today
Small press publisher working with working with designers and illustrators to create limited edition books. Look at their Instagram and Pinterest pages for lots of interesting 20th Century book illustration (especially children's books)
- Design Observer
An online-only magazine of writings on design and culture
A publishing platform and archive, artist project and curatorial platform
- Flow magazine
This well-being magazine features lots of interesting illustrators.
- Illustration Age
U.S. based professional resource for Illustrators, includes ‘Comics Illustrator of the Week
- Illustration Chronicles
Explores a history of illustration through the images, illustrators and events of the past 175 years. Every few months the site picks a topic to explore.
- It's Nice That
Daily news and features on Illustration, Graphic Design, Photography and more.
- Lecture in Progress
Aims to demystify the creative industries for the next generation of talent, by providing advice, insight and first-hand accounts that cover careers in design, film, animation, illustration, photography and advertising
- The Serving Library
An eclectic cultural journal of mostly new writing available as pdf downloads. Previously known as Bulletins of the Serving Library and before that, Dot Dot Dot. You can find these earlier titles on the Library shelves in the Journals Archive.
- V&A Illustration Awards
Includes the Museum’s annual Student Award
'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)'