Design for Publishing, Graphic Communication, Graphic Design

A handy guide to the Library collections, services and facilities within your subject area.

Kirsten PairpointMeet Your Librarian

Kirsten Pairpoint is the Assistant Librarian responsible for Design for Publishing, Graphic Communication and Graphic Design.
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 afternoon, and all day Thursday and Friday, at any other time my colleagues will be happy to help you. 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.

If we don’t stock the book you are looking for we can get it for you via Inter library loan or purchase a copy for the library. Click here to suggest an item or email us.



NUA Library subscribes to EBook Central and Dawsonera.
You can search Ebook Central using this search box:

Ebook Central

Or go to the E-books page to find out more about how to access these resources. We have over 140,000 e-books to choose from, and you can even rent or suggest extra purchases too.


Browse the Library Shelves

Book Cover: 100 classic graphic design journals by Jason Godfrey

Books on GraphicsBook Cover: Hello, I am Erik : Erik Spiekermann - typographer, designer, entrepreneur by Johannes Erler

Graphics books in the Library’s main collection can be found on the first floor between Dewey Decimal numbers 750 and 756. They are broken down into more specific subject areas like this:

Graphic Design: 750 Typography: 752
Web Design: 753.780 Illustration: 755
 Calligraphy: 751  Printing: 753
 Editorial Design: 754  Promotional Design: 756

Main collection books can be borrowed for three weeks. Your student ID card doubles up as your library card, so you are ready to borrow straight away.

Go to the Borrowing physical resources page for more information on borrowing books, DVDs and other resources from the Library.


Box set of books: New Graphic Design: 1958-1965 by Lars MullerSpecial Collections Box of Books: FUSE 1-20 : a retrospective of the influential, experimental typeface annual by Neville Brody and Jon Wozencroft 
Found on the first floor, the Library’s Special Collections cabinets house artist’s books, rare books, typographic books, illustrated books, pop-up books and zines. These cannot be taken out on loan, but you are very welcome to look at them in the Library.

Please ask at the Help Desk if you would like to see any of the items in this collection.


PamphletsItems from the Pamphlets Collection
Thinner, more ephemeral material is held in the Library’s Pamphlets collection, on the first floor. This includes lots of exhibition catalogues, monographs, type-face samplers and some one-off examples of magazines with interesting designs and layouts. Using the pamphlets is a good way of finding material on artists and designers who are perhaps less well known or less well established. Like Special Collections, Pamphlets cannot be taken out on loan, but please feel free to help yourself to pamphlets to read in the Library.


Read past Research Reports
Sample Graphic Design research reports




Browse Journals and Magazines

Creative Review magazine

Communication Arts magazine

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 artists and designers will be covered in journals long before they are covered by books.

Graphics Journals and Magazines

These are titles that relate particularly to Graphics, but remember lots of the other titles available in the Library will be useful too:
Current Journals

Adbusters magazineAdbusters 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.
Print Holdings: Most recent 5 years
Adbusters website
BaselineBaseline magazine
Baseline sets out to reflect all aspects of type, including its design, history, use, and links to the graphic, art and craft scenes. The magazine’s contents are deliberately eclectic. It publishes historical and new material, from academic as well as journalistic sources.
Print Holdings: From 1986 – current issue
BlueprintBlueprint magazine
Launched in 1983, Blueprint was the first magazine to cross the boundaries between design and architecture, bringing its readers a mix of critical, incisive, and entertaining architecture, design and art coverage.
Print Holdings: From 1998 – current issue
Blueprint website
Communication ArtsCommunication Arts 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.
Print Holdings: Most recent 5 years
Communication Arts website
Creative ReviewCreative Review magazine
Information, inspiration and creativity from within the world of design, advertising and visual arts.
Print Holdings: Most recent 5 years
Creative Review website
ElephantElephant magazine
A quarterly art, design and culture magazine.
Print Holdings: Most recent 5 years
Eye : the International Review of Graphic DesignEye magazine
Eye is a quarterly printed magazine about graphic design and visual culture.
Print Holdings: From 1990 – current issue
Eye blog
i-Di-D magazine
i-D has come a long way since its pre-digital, cut-and-paste days and has developed into a glossy magazine that documents fashion and contemporary culture, and has broken ground defining it too.
Print Holdings: From 1986 – current issue
i-D website
IllustrationIllustration magazine
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.
Print Holdings: Most recent 10 years
Novum Novum magazine
German graphic design publication with English translations of articles
Print Holdings: From 2009 – current issue
UppercaseUppercase magazine
A quarterly print magazine inspired by craft, design and illustration. A playful exploration of creativity, an affinity for vintage ephemera, and a love of handmade are some elements common in each issue.
Print Holdings: Most recent 5 years
Uppercase blog
Varoom!Varoom magazine
Published twice yearly. Features interviews with illustrators, image-makers and designers as well as critical articles on different aspects of contemporary illustration by leading commentators.
Print Holdings: From 2006 – current issue
Varoom website

Archived Journals
These are journals that we no longer receive, usually because they are no longer being published. You can find these on the shelves on the First Floor of the Library:

Ceased publication in 2014.
Print Holdings: From 2012 – 2013
ColorsColors magazine cover
Since the early 1990s, Colors has maintained a global, humanistic outlook in its coverage of issues from AIDS to shopping; from 2001 onward, it became totally serious, and the only element that remains from its inception is the use of photo-journalism. From Issue 81 in 2011, Colors has been published in the form of guides to major issues for its ongoing Survival Guides series.
Print Holdings: From 1999 – 2013
Colors website
Dot Dot DotDot Dot Dot magazine cover
Ceased publication in 2010.
Print Holdings: From 2000 – 2010
EmigreEmigre magazine cover
Ceased publication in
Print Holdings: From 1989 – 2005
The FaceThe Face magazine cover
Ceased publication in 2004
Print Holdings: From 1985 – 2004
InterviewInterview magazine cover
An American magazine founded in late 1969 by Andy Warhol and British journalist John Wilcock. The magazine features intimate conversations between some of the world’s biggest celebrities, artists, musicians, and creative thinkers. Interviews are usually unedited or edited in the eccentric fashion of Warhol’s books and The Philosophy of Andy Warhol: From A to B and Back Again.
Print Holdings: From 1994 – 1997
Held in Special Collection Archive – please ask a member of Library staff to get this for you
OctavoOctavo magazine cover
Ceased publication in 1992
Print Holdings: From 1986 – 1990
Find it in the Special Collection at 752 OCT – please ask a member of Library staff to get this for you
PrintCover of Print magazine
Rather than focusing on the how-to of design, the experts who write for Print cover the why—why the world of design looks the way it does, how it has evolved, and why the way it looks matters. The paper version of the magazine ceased publication at the end of 2017, but it continues as a website.
Print Holdings: From 2010 – 2017
Print website
RayGunRayGun magazine cover
An American alternative rock-and-roll magazine, first published in 1992 in Santa Monica, California. Led by founding art director David Carson, along with founding editor Neil Feineman, it explored experimental magazine typographic design and unique angles on the pop cultural currents of the 90s. The editorial content was framed in a chaotic, abstract style, not always readable (it once published an interview with Bryan Ferry entirely in the symbol font Zapf Dingbats), but distinctive in appearance.
Ceased publication in 2000
Print Holdings: From 1994 – 2000
Typografische MonatsblatterTypografische Montsblatter magazine cover
Founded in 1933, this Swiss magazine focuses on typography and photography. Over the years the magazine has played host to an all star cast of contributors including: Herbert Matter, Emil Ruder, Max Caflisch, Wolfgang Weingart, Jan Tschichold, Adrian Frutiger, Jost Hochuli, Walter Cyliax, Helmut Schmidt, Atelier Eidenbenz, Hans Rudolf Lutz and many others. Two Flickr accounts dedicated to the magazine can be found here and here.
Print Holdings: From 1999 – 2014
U&lcU&lc magazine cover
Launched in 1973 by Herb Lubalin, Aaron Burns and Ed Rondthaler, U&lc was initially created as a mouthpiece for the promotion of typefaces produced by the International Typeface Corporation. At its height, the magazine had a circulation of more than 200,000 and established a reputation for original articles and exciting new designs.
A book in the Library covers U&lc contribution to typography: Berry John D. (2005) U&lc: influencing design and typography.
Find it at shelfmark: 754.62 BERCeased publication in 1999
Print Holdings: From 1997 – 1999
UltraboldUltrabold magazine cover
A magazine devoted to typography, type casting, and artists who use type in their work. The magazine was designed by Simon Loxley, an academic member of staff at NUA.
Ceased publication in 2016
Print Holdings: From 2006 – 2014
Graphic Design E-Journals
The Library also has a selection of E-Journals that can be read online.
Image taken from Book Arts NewsletterBook Arts Newsletter
A downloadable online-only magazine published approximately every 6-8 weeks devoted to artists books both in the UK and globally.
Electronic holdings: Full text: May 2002 – current issue
Creative ReviewCreative Review magazine
Online issues of the print magazine that reports from within the world of design, advertising and visual arts.
Electronic holdings: Full text: 1997 – current issue
Design & Culture
Looks at design’s relation to other academic disciplines, including marketing, management, cultural studies, anthropology, material culture, geography, visual culture and political economy.
Electronic Holdings: Full-text 2009 – current issue

Design Journal
An international refereed journal covering all aspects of design. Aims to publish thought-provoking work which will have a direct impact on design knowledge and which challenges assumptions and methods, while being open-minded about the evolving role of design.
Electronic Holdings: Full-text  1998 – current issue

Design ObserverDesign Observer website graphic icon
An online-only magazine of writings on design and culture.
Website only: Link to Graphic Design pages
Design Philosophy Papers
Aims to advance critical, philosophical engagement with design and ‘the world as designed’. It is particularly interested in issues such as sustainability, unsustainability, design ethics, design futures and intercultural design theory.
Electronic Holdings: Full-text 2003 – current issue
EyeEye magazine cover : the International Review of Graphic Design
Online issues of the print magazine about graphic design and visual culture.
Electronic holdings: Full-text 1997 – 2014
Journal of Consumer Culture
Academic journal that looks at modern consumer culture in order to understand its central role in contemporary society.
Electronic holdings: Full-text 2001 – current issue
Journal of Design History
A leading journal in its field. It plays an active role in the development of design history, as well as contributing to to the broader field of studies of visual and material culture.
Electronic holdings: Full-text 1988 – current issue
Journal of Modern Craft
A peer-reviewed academic journal that addresses all forms of making that self-consciously set themselves apart from mass production — whether in the making of designed objects, artworks, buildings, or other artefacts.
Electronic Holdings: Full-text 2008 – current issue
PrintPrint magazine cover
Online issues of the print magazine about why the world of design looks the way it does
Electronic holdings: Full-text 1995 – current issue
Visible Language
Features research and critical ideas regarding communication design, interface, interaction, English language evolution, typography and design education.
Electronic holdings: Full-text 2000 – current issue

Research 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.

Accessing e-resources from off campus

Useful Online Resources for Graphic Design

Finding articles in magazines and journals
To find magazine and journal articles online, use the Discovery search box at the top of every page on this website. Enter your search term (e.g. a designer’s name) and you will see a results list that includes both books and journal articles which feature in your search terms. Many of the results will offer full text so you can read the articles online. Some results may give an abstract which will give you a brief summary of the article, but not the full text. If you would like to read the full text but can’t find it, please ask a Librarian for help, or request the article via Inter Library Loan.Search button For more details on searching and browsing journals, please have a look at the e-journals guide.
Watch tv and film
BoB (Box of Broadcasts) is a television streaming service available to all students and staff. Login via OpenAthens using your NUA username and password. It is covered under the NUA’s television license so there is no need for a TV license to use it. 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 create playlists of your favourite programmes and there is a function for making clips.
Here is a Graphics playlist of programmes that you might find useful.


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.
Access: on and off-campus. For off-campus, if you are not automatically authenticated, access select ‘Login’ then scroll down to the ‘Additional Services’ list and choose the ‘Campus Access” option. You will need to select ‘Norwich University of the Arts’ from the dropdown list and login with your NUA username and password.

Image Databases
British Library Photosets
Collections of a million copyright-cleared images made available from the British Library archives. There are book covers, children’s book illustration, illustrated letters and typography, comic art, maps and much more.
Early European Books
This database traces the history of printing in Europe from its origins through to the close of the seventeenth century, offering full colour, high-resolution facsimile images of rare and hard-to-access printed sources.
The 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 and Advertising.
Off campus, login via Athens.
New York Public Library Digital Collections
Explore hundreds of images digitised from the Library’s collections.
V&A Search the Collections
Database of over half a million images of objects in the Museum’s collections. Register and download free images for personal use.
VADS : the online resource for visual arts
Comprises over 100,000 images that are freely available and copyright cleared for use in learning and research in the UK.
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 Archives
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’.
Book Cover Archive
‘For the appreciation and categorization of excellence in book cover design’. Also includes links to the designers’ online portfolios.
News and articles on packaging and branding, including lots on food and drink packaging. Blog
Get your daily dose of typography from the team and other contributors from the world of type.
Fonts In Use
A public archive of typography indexed by typeface, format, and industry.
Grain Edit
Focused on classic design work from the 1950s-1970s and contemporary designers that draw inspiration from that time period. Site content includes interviews, articles, designers’ libraries as well as examples of rare design annuals, type specimens, Ephemera, posters and vintage children’s books.
History of Advertising Trust
The largest archive of UK advertising in the world.
It’s Nice That
A blog for art and design news and projects.
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
Move the dots around the colour wheel to select a wide range of complimentary, analogous, triad, shades, or custom colours, and Kuler will give you the RGB and HEX codes.
People of Print
This website started as a directory of designers, but has grown into a creative community where you can find news and information about the design world.
Rochester Institute of Technology Graphic Design Archive
A comprehensive collection of primary resources on the history and practice of 20th–century American graphic design.
The Typographic Circle
A not-for-profit organisation run by volunteers, formed in 1976 to bring together anyone with an interest in type and typography.
Typographic Circle Blog


Get Help With Your Research

Contact the Library

Find Study Skills Advice

Take a look at previously submitted NUA Research Reports for Graphic Design, Graphic Communication, and Design for Publishing.

If you are ever unsure just come and ask a member of the library team and we will be glad to help you.