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Visual Communication Design / Resources

To learn more about the field of design, we strongly suggest students visit the online AIGA Career Guide

This excellent resource covers:
What is design
What designers need to know
Who becomes a designer
What goes on in design school
How design programs differ
How to select a design school
How to find your first job

We also suggest that you read:

AIGA Graphic Design: A Career Guide and Education Directory edited by Sharon Helmer Poggenpohl
Becoming a Graphic Designer: A Guide to Careers in Design by Steven Heller
Careers by Design: A Business Guide for Graphic Designers by Roz Goldfarb

To learn more about Visual Communication Design, we suggest visiting the following websites:

ATypI (Association Typographique Internationale) is the only worldwide organization dedicated to type and typography. Founded in 1957, ATypI provides the structure for communication, information and action amongst the international type community.

The Corporate Design Foundation is a national organization devoted to improving the quality of life and effectiveness of organizations through design. The current and past issues of organization’s journal, @issue, clearly communicate the role of design in business and society.

The Design Council is a British design organization dedicated to inspiring and enabling the best use of design by the UK to improve prosperity and well-being. Includes substantial information on industrial design.

The American Institute of Graphic Arts is the largest national professional organization of graphic designers. The AIGA provides an excellent Career Guide on their site which thoroughly describes the field of design and design education to prospective students.

The International Council of Graphic Design Associations is the largest world-wide organization of professional graphic designers. Visit the Icograda calendar/event list to find design conferences and events throughout the United States.

The Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum is the only museum in the United States devoted exclusively to historic and contemporary design. Many of their graphic design exhibitions have been accompanied by award winning websites, which are archived online.

Design Observer is a highly regarded blog covering design and culture. Design Observer was founded in October 2003 by Michael Bierut, William Drenttel, Jessica Helfand & Rick Poynor.

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