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Reference sources - great for getting started

Reference sources can be a great starting point for research. Reference sources typically provide definitions, give topic overviews, and explain theories. They can also point to additional readings and scholarship. Examples of reference sources include: dictionaries, encyclopedias, handbooks, guidebooks, manuals, and textbooks. 

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Digital Design Essentials

A comprehensive, step-by-step guide that demonstrates how to apply design principles in a variety of desktops, web pages, mobile devices and other touchscreens. 005.437 L15d

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The Graphic Designer's Digital Toolkit

A project-based introduction to Adobe's Creative Cloud suite. 006.686 W85g

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Design Elements: Color Fundamentals

An essential resource for designers who want to create memorable design and successfully communicate with their audience. ebook

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The Elements of Graphic Design

Provides designers, art directors, and students with a unique approach to successful design. 686.22 W582e

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The Thames & Hudson Dictionary of Graphic Design and Designers

A comprehensive guide to technical terms, movements, media, advertising, corporate identity, posters, packaging, and magazine and book design. ebook

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Dictionary of Advertising and Marketing Concepts

A brief dictionary of concepts from the advertising/marketing world and the ideas that underlie it. 658.8003 B453d