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History of Graphic Design

Research sources and tips for graphic design & illustration topics

Search the Libraries holdings for books and articles

Search the University Libraries print and electronic holdings in one simple search. 

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For more refined searching, we recommend searching in specific databases/journals

Design Books in Mason Libraries

Looking for a specific book, artist, or photo process? Find items in the library's collection with the "Mason Libraries Search" box above.

Not sure where to start? Below are some subject areas, and the right column provides suggested keywords subject headings listed in the right column. (Subject headings are controlled terms that libraries use to describe related things, similar to #hashtags.)

If you're interested in... Search with these keywords / subject terms
Typography & lettering
  • typography
  • alphabets
  • calligraphy
  • type-founding
  • specific typeface names, e.g. "Gill Sans," Garamond, Helvetica 
Grid systems & layout
Branding & logo design
  • logo 
  • logotypes
  • brand identity
  • corporate identity
Publication/package design
  • package design
  • print design
  • layout design
Studio & business operations / career information
Motion graphics/motion media  
Web design & UX
  • user experience deisgn
  • web design
  • mobile platforms