Design Resources

Color glossary: Definitions for color and color systems.

Glossary of design terms: Some of the basic words and phrases.

Type glossary: Typographic terms, definitions and examples.

Typefitting chart: Calculate the ideal line length for a specific body text.

AEJMC logo contest entry produced in this class by Caitlin O’Brien.

Required texts

SPIEKERMANN, Erik and E.M. Ginger: Stop Stealing Sheep & Find Out How Type Works (2nd Edition) Mountain View, Calif: Adobe Press, 2002.

STONE, Terry Lee: Color Design Workbook: A Real World Guide to Using Color in Graphic Design Glouchester, Mass.: Rockport Publishers, 2008.


WILLIAMS, Robin: The Mac is not a typewriter (2nd Edition) Berkeley, Calif.: Peachpit Press, 2003.

BARRY, John D. (ed.): Contemporary Newspaper Design. New York: Mark Batty Publisher, 2004.

BRINGHURST, Robert: The Elements of Typographic Style (3rd Edition) Point Roberts, Wash: Hartley and Marks, 2004.

CRAIG, James: Designing with Type: The Essential Guide to Typography. New York: Watson-Guptill, 2006.

HURLBURT, Allen: The Grid: A Modular System for the Design and Production of Newpapers, Magazines, and Books. New York: Wiley, 1982.

MEGGS, Philip B., and PURVIS, Alston W. Meggs’ History of Graphic Design.

NELSON, Roy Paul: The Design of Advertising, Seventh Ed. Dubuque, Iowa: Brown and Benchmark, 1994.

PIPES, Alan: Production For Graphic Designers 4th edition London: Laurence King Publishing, 2005.

QUINN, Sara: Eyetracking the News St. Petersburg, Fla.: Poynter Institute for Media Studies, 2007.

TUFTE, Edward R.: Envisioning Information. Cheshire, Conn.: Graphics Press, 1990.


Web sites

Otl Aicher's poster for the 1972 Munich Olympics.

One of several posters Otl Aicher designed for the 1972 Munich Olympics.

Graphic designers

The work of Otl Aicher: Best known for designing the international signage for the 1972 Munich Olympics.

CHAOTIC: A design project blog.

Design is Kinky: This appears to be a social networking site for designers and artists.

Gunnar Swanson: Well-respected designer needs to update his site.

MetaDesign: Erik Spiekermann’s company

Spiekerblog: Erik Spiekermann’s blog, well worth a visit.

Milton Glaser Inc. Famous for his posters. Everything about this seminal designer.

Obey Giant: Sheppard Fairey’s blog.

Raymond Loewy official site: Includes a gallery of his work.

RotoDesign: Patrick Broderick is the king of retro design.

Vignelli Associates: Massimo Vignelli’s corporate site.



The Artchive: Art history with brilliant scans of many works of art.

Linotype, The Movie: You can watch clips, access other resources or buy the movie.

The Webpage of the Roycrofters: Arts and crafts community


A page from Giambattista Bodoni’s Manuale Tipografico (1818). Volume I contains 142 roman typefaces and corresponding italics. Volume II includes ornaments and Arabic, Greek, Russian and Tibetan types.

Type vendors, designers

This is not an exhaustive list. I have used many of these sites; others just look interesting.

Font Bureau


Hoefler Type Foundry


Linotype Corp.

Microsoft Typography

Munch Fonts

P22 Type Foundry

Type Directors Club: This is really more of a club for those interested in type. Lots of information.


Color resources

Color Matters: Short, snappy lessons in color theory.

Colour Lovers: “A resource that monitors and influences color trends.”

The Official Crayola Site: For the designer’s inner child.

International Color Consortium: “To promote the use and adoption of open, vendor-neutral, cross-platform color management systems.”

The Poynter Institute: Color, Contrast & Dimension in News Design This is a free interactive course.

Other cool sites

Bembo's Zoo.

Color Magazine: Very cool photography and design elements.

Fashion Trend Setter: Get hip to color.

The Secret Garden of Yenz



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