Selected Resources for: Design (general aspects)

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Subject Librarian:

Marlys McGuire

This subject covers: the design process, elements, principles, and evaluation, color theory and technology, and the history of design and the decorative arts. Other related topics are: Art & Art History, Clothing and Textiles, and Interior Design.

Article Databases and Indexes

Academic or Scholarly Articles Subject Indexes

Art Full Text, produced by The HW Wilson Company, is a bibliographic database that indexes and abstracts articles from periodicals published throughout the world. There is full-text coverage for selected periodicals. Coverage includes English-language periodicals, yearbooks, and museum bulletins, as well as periodicals published in French, Italian, German, Japanese, Spanish, Dutch, and Swedish. In addition to articles, Art Full Text indexes reproductions of works of art that appear in indexed periodicals. Indexing coverage begins 1984; abstracting coverage begins with January 1994. The abstracts range from 50 to 300 words and describe the content and scope of the source articles. Full-text coverage begins in 1997.

Index and abstracts of articles from periodical articles, books, exhibition catalogs, and index entries for dissertations. Covers all aspects of late 19th and 20th century art, including decorative and applied art, with particular reference to photography and three-dimensional design.

DAAI is an international index to design and craft journals. It contains annotated references from more than 450 design and craft journals, and data on nearly 50,000 designers, craftspeople, studios, workshops, firms etc. All areas of design and craft are covered, including industrial design, interior design, environmental design, computer aided design, furniture design, ceramics, glass, fashion design, textile design, graphic design, typography, multimedia design, book design, photography, advertising, theatre design, ergonomics, and design management.

InformeDesign ( is a research and communication tool for designers of the built environment, such as interior designers, architects, landscape architects, and graphic designers. It contains a database of Research Summaries about design and human behavior research, accessible through either a full-text search or by using the topics listed within the three main categories, Space, Issues, or Occupants. Researchers at the University of Minnesota transform findings from refereed journal articles into research-based design criteria in user-friendly language. spacer spacer Evidence-Based Design is here!

General Indexes to Magazine, Journal & Newspaper Articles

The world's largest academic multi-disciplinary database. Includes full text access to over 4,000 scholarly (peer-reviewed) publications back to 1975. A great place to start your research on any topic. Find search tips on their help page.

General Reference Sources

Biographical Sources


Signs and symbols, mythology, symbolism dictionary.

World Design is the definitive guide to classic and contemporary design bringing together the most important international designers, arranged alphabetically from A (Aalto) to Z (Zanuso)." "World Design is an international gallery of design and a visual panorama of our century: from the Bauhaus light to the living environment, from the Mini to the New Beetle. Every important field of design is included: the practical world of product designers, the glamour of fashion designers, the innovation of car designers, the brilliance of furniture designers, and the work of the most creative illustrators, architects and artists."--BOOK JACKET.



History of Art

Thames and Hudson Encyclopaedia of 20th Century Design and Designers

Thames and Hudson Encyclopaedia of Graphic Design and Designers

Internet Resources

Gateways & Megasites

Selected organizations, employment and other websites.

Web Sites

The Digital Library for the Decorative Arts and Material Culture collects and creates electronic resources for study and research of the decorative arts, with a particular focus on Early America. Included are electronic texts and facsimiles, image databases, and Web resources. Made possible by the Chipstone Foundation, the project is produced at the University of Wisconsin Madison General Library System.

Societies, Agencies, and Organizations

Official Agency & Organization Websites

Style Manuals and Writing Guides

Bibliography Software

RefWorks is a web-based citation manager that allows you to create your own databases of citations by importing references from MNCAT and other databases, and then in seconds automatically generate bibliographies in all major styles (MLA, APA, Turabian, Chicago, etc.).

Library Information

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