Visual Communications Guide

The following guide provides resources on the topic of Visual Communications including books, databases, journals, search terms and external web links.


Graphic Design

Graphic Design for Art, Fashion, Film, Architecture, Photography, Product Design & Everything in between

741.6 C772

Reportage Illustration: Visual Journalism

741.65 E533

Layout for Graphic Designers : An Introduction. Third edition

686.2252 A496L

Green Graphic Design


Graphic Icons: Visionaries Who Shaped Modern Graphic Design

741.0922 C637


Edward Bawden

741.6092 B354RU

History of Illustration Edited by Susan Doyle 2018

740.9 H673

The Art of Map Illustration: A Step-by-step Artistic Exploration of Contemporary Cartography and Mapmaking.

526 H234

Character Design

Comic Studies Reader

741.569 H459

Complete Book of Caricature book cover

Complete Book of Caricature

741.5 S775


The Advertising Concept Book cover

The Advertising Concept Book: Think Now, Design Later: A Complete Guide to Creative Ideas, Strategies and Campaigns

659.1 B279

Look at This book cover

Look at this: Contemporary Brochures, Catalogues & Documents

741.6 S533

Advertising by Design: Creating Visual Communications with Graphic Impact

659.1 L253


Art Source

This art research database covers a broad range of subjects from fine, decorative and commercial art, to various areas of architecture and architectural design.


The Artstor Digital Library is an image database featuring a range of images from some of the world's leading museums, photo archives, scholars, and artists in one easily-navigated repository.


The Design Journal

Design and Culture


Eye/Eye Magazine


Search Terms

Browse Catalogue

Advertising  Branding (Marketing)  Character Design 
Communication in Design  Computer Animation  Computer Drawing 
Commercial Art  Deformation Order  Graphic Arts 
Graphic Design (typography)  Illustration  Layout (printing) 
Marketing Design  Product Design  Rigging (computer animation) 
Stereotype(Psychology in Advertising  Storytelling  Three-Dimensional Imaging 
Trademarks  Typefaces  Visual Communications 

Web Links

Statistics Canada

The Advertising Century

The Advertising Archive



History of Graphic Design Timeline

Canadian Design Resource

Design Council Archives (UK)

Design Exchange (Canada)

Design for Development

Design History Society

Inclusive Design Toolkit

Queer Comics Database

Library of Congress: Origins of American Animation