Resources

You know what you want. From hands-on workshops with big name designers to invaluable critiques with experienced faculty, we provide the unique resources you need to make make your dreams happen.

Design Labs

Monday – Thursday  8:00 am – 11:45 pm
Friday 8:00 am – 7:45 pm
Saturday 10:00 am – 4:45 pm
Sunday 3:00 pm – 10:45 pm

UR GRAPHICS LAB

Home to 72 iMacs and all the software you need. This lab is the ultimate setup with fast computers, scanners, and printers — all just a two minute walk from your studio.

MULTIMEDIA CENTER

Double screens, Wacom tablets, and less people. This is a perfect space to get in the design flow and try new ways of making.

USU Library

The materials housed by the Special Collections & Archives have been collected for the benefit of the public and are available for use by researchers. Graphic designers can go to the Art Book section for a great collection of books on American Modernism and Abstract Expressionism.

PRINTING

Alphagraphics

AlphaGraphics in Logan is your source for full-service printing, marketing, mailing, and signs services. Located in North Logan, AlphaGraphics is easily accessed by students.

USU Printing

USU delivers high quality prints that are convenient and wallet-friendly for students. Students can visit PDP, the Engineering Lab and the TSC Copy Center for smaller print projects and proofs. They can also go to the EED Lab to print posters.

Watkins

Watkins Printing has been in the printing business for over 60 years in Cache Valley. Located in Logan, Utah, they provide a complete state-of-the-art printing experience.

Square One

Square One is a very reliable printing location that has been around for years. Many professors recommend Square One for student projects.

Recommended Books

BOOK DESIGN AND BINDING

  • Designing Books: Practice and Theory, Hochuli, Kinross
  • Five Hundred Years of Printing, Steinberg
  • The Form of the Book: Essays on the Morality of Good Design, Tschichold
  • On Book Design, Hendel

COLOR

  • The Art of Color, Itten
  • The Elements of Color, Itten
  • Colour: a Workshop for Artists and Designers, Hornung
  • Interaction of Color, Albers

DESIGN THINKING, CREATIVE PROCESS, & WORK STRATEGIES

  • The Art of Looking Sideways, Fletcher
  • Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative, Kleon
  • Thinking, Fast and Slow, Kahneman
  • The Use of Lateral Thinking, De Bono
  • Whatever You Think, Think the Opposite, Arden

FORM

  • Art and Visual Perception, Arnheim
  • Design and Form: The Basic Course at the Bauhause and Later, Itten
  • Point and Line to Plane, Kandinsky
  • Type, Image, Message: A Graphic Design Layout Workshop, Skolos, Wedell
  • Visual Grammar, Leborg

FUNDAMENTALS

  • Design Elements: A Graphic Style Manual, Samara
  • Design ELements, Form & Space, Puhalla
  • The Fundamentals of Graphic Design, Ambros, Harris
  • Graphic Design Basics, Arnston
  • Graphic Design: The New Basics, Lupton, Philips
  • Graphic Design Thinking, Lupton, Philips
  • Graphic Design Sources, Hiebert
  • Inside/Outside: Form the Basics to the Practice of Design, Grear
  • The Language of Graphic Design, Poulin
  • A Primer of Visual Language, Dondis

GRIDS + SYSTEMS

  • Designing Programmers, Gerstner
  • The Designer and the Grid, Roberts, Thrift
  • The Geometry of Design, Elam
  • Grids, Gavin Ambrose, Harris
  • Grid Systems: Principles of Organizing Type, Elam
  • Making and Breaking the Grid, Samara
  • Modular i & ii, Le Corbusier
  • The Power of Limits: Proportional Harmonies in Nature, Doczi
  • Der Typografische Raster, Bosshard

WRITING

  • Artful Sentences: Syntax as Style, V. Tufte
  • The Elements of Style, Strunk, White
  • How to Write a Sentence: And How to Read One, Fish
  • On Writing Well, Zinsser
  • Six Memos for the Next Millennium, Calvino

HISTORY + THEORY

  • 79 Short Essays on Design, Bierut
  • Aesthetic Theory: Essential Text for Architecture and Design, Gage
  • After Theory, Eagleton
  • Cranbrook Design: The NEw Discourse, McCoy, McCoy
  • Critical Theory & Practice: A Coursebook, Green, LeBihan
  • Design by Nature: Using Universal Forms and Principles in Design, Macnab
  • Design Dialogues, Heller, Pettit
  • Design Research: Methods and Perspectives, Laurel
  • Design Studies: Theory and Research in Graphic Design, Bennett
  • Design Writing Research, Lupton, Miller
  • Dutch Graphic Design: A Century, Broos, Hefting
  • Emigre No. 70: The Look Back Issue, VanderLans
  • Graphic Design: A Concise History, Hollis
  • Graphic Design Before Graphic Designers, Jury
  • Graphic Design Theory: Readings from the Field, Armstrong
  • Graphic Design Theory, Davis
  • Graphic Design Time Line: A Century of Design Milestones, Heller
  • A History of Graphic Design, Meggs
  • Looking Closer: Critical Writings on Graphic Design [vol. 1–5] Beirut, et al.
  • No Logo, Klein
  • No More Rules: Graphic Design and Postmodernism, Poynor
  • On Dialogue, Bohm
  • The Sense of Order, Gobrich
  • Subculture: The Meaning of Style, Hebdige
  • The Struggle for Utopia: Rodchenko Lissitsky Maholy-Nagy, Margolin
  • Unjustified TExts: Perspectives on Typography, Kinross
  • Visual Thinking, Arnheim
  • Visual Research: An Intro to Research Methodologies in G. D., Noble, Bestly
  • Ways of Seeing, Berger
  • Women of Design, Vit, Gomez-Palacio

 

IDENTITY | LOGO

  • Identify: Basic Principles of Identity Design…,Geismar, Haviv, Chermayeff
  • Marks of Excellence, Mollerup

 

INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

  • Designing for People, Dreyfuss
  • The Design of Everyday Things, Norman
  • As Little Design As Possible: The Work of Dieter Rams, Lovell, Kemp, Ive

 

INTERACTIVE

  • Designing Interactions, Moggridge

 

INFORMATION DESIGN

  • Envisioning Information, Tufte
  • The Visual Display of Quantitative Information, Tufte
  • Visual Explanations: Images and Quantities, Evidence and Narrative, Tufte
  • Visual COmplexity: Mapping Patterns of Information. Lima

 

MAGAZINES

  • BaseLine: Int’l TypoGraphics Magazine
  • Dot Dot Dot (back issues only)
  • Emigre (back issues only)
  • Eye: Int’l Review of Graphic Design
  • Print

Miscellaneous

  • Altitude: Contemporary Swiss Graphic Design
  • Armin Hofmann: His Works, Quest and Philosophy, Hofmann
  • The Art of Looking Sideways, Fletcher
  • Contemporary Graphic Design, Tashen
  • Design As Art, Munari
  • Designing Universal Knowledge: The World As Fatland, Schuller
  • Ed Fella Documents, Tuset-Anres
  • Emergence, Johnson
  • How to Be a Graphic Designer Without Losing your Soul, Shaughnessy
  • Made You Look, Sagmeister
  • A Pattern Language, Alexander, et al.
  •  Printed Matter/Drukwerk, Martens, van Triest, Kinross
  • Pretty Ugly: Visual Rebellion in Design, Gestalten
  • The Laws of Simplicity, Maeda
  • The Thames and Hudson Encyclopedia of G.D. and Designers, Livingston
  • Things I Have Learned In My Life So Far, Sagmeister
  • This Way That Way, Dodard, Muller
  • Tell Me Why: The First 24 Months of a New York Design Co., Karisson, Wilker
  • You Can Find Inspiration in Everything, Smith, Baxter, Brownfield, Slater, Violette

 

Semiotics | Symbols

  • This Means This, This Means That: A User’s Guide to Semiotics, Hall
  • Semiotics and the Philosophy of Language, Eco
  • Symbol Sourcebook: An Authoritative Guide to Int’l Graphic Symbols, Dreyfuss
  • Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art, McCloud
  • Visible Signs: An Introduction to Semiotics, Crow
  • From Hieroglyphics to Isotype: A Visual Autobiography, O. Neurath
  • The Transformer: Principles of Making Isotype Charts. M. Neurath

 

Typography

  • About Face: Reviving the Rules of Typography, Jury
  • Abz, Rothenstein
  • A Compendium for Literates, Gerstner
  • Alphabets and Other Signs, Rothenstein
  • American Wood Type: 1828-1900, Kelly, Shields
  • Asymmetric Typography [Typographische Gestaltung] Tschichold
  • Designing With Type, Craig
  • Detail in Typography, Hochuli
  • The Elements of Typographic Style, Robert Bringhurst, Chappell
  • An Essay on Typography, Gill
  • Experiments with Letterform and Calligraphy, Gurtler
  • Finer Points in the Spacing & Arrangement of Type, Dowding
  • Introduction to Typography, Simon
  • Letter Fountain, Joep Pohlen, Setola
  • Manuale Typographicum, Zapf
  • My Way to Typography, Weingart
  • Scripts: Elegant Lettering from Design’s Golden Age, Heller, Fili
  • Stop Stealing Sheep & Find OUt How Type Works, Spiekermann, Ginger
  • A Typographic Workbook, Clair
  • Thinking With Type, Lupton
  • Twentieth-Century Type, Blackwell
  • Type & Typography, Baines, Haslam
  • Type: A Visual History of Typefaces and Graphic Styles, Vols. 1 & 2, Taschen
  • A Type Primer, Kane
  • Typographic Design:  Form and Communication, Carter, Day, Meggs
  • The Typographic Desk Reference, Rosendorf
  • Typographie: A Manual of Design, Ruder
  • Typology: Type Design from the Victorian Era to the Digital Age, Heller, Fili
  • A View of Early Typography: Up To About 1600, Carter