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University of Minnesota

Academic Health Center Office of Communications
Graphic design, style guidelines.

College of Design: Department of Design, Housing, and Apparel
The college offers courses and degrees in graphic design.

Design Institute
Funded by the state legislature, the Design Institute is an unprecedented effort to use design as a means of strengthening communities, bolstering the economy, and encouraging interdisciplinary activity.

Graphic Standards, University of Minnesota

Images Library

Printing Services
Graphic design, binding, copying, printing.

Signs & Graphics

Specialized Computing Services
Graphic and Web page design.

Associations

American Institute of Graphic Arts-Minnesota Chapter
In their own words, "The Chapter offers education and professional development programs, competitions and shows that promote excellence in graphic design, and opportunities for students and professionals to network... off-line."

International Publishing Management Association (IPMA)
IPMA is an organization of corporate publishing and distribution professionals. IPMA is exclusively dedicated to the in-house professionals who provide graphic design, page layout, copy, print, mail and distribution services to their enterprise. IPMA exists to provide the in-house professional the resources to attain greater productivity and cost effectiveness.

Society for Technical Communication
Includes writers, editors, designers, Web and multimedia designers.

University and College Designers Association
"Promoting Excellence in Visual Communications for Institutions of Higher Education"

Professional Development Resources

CoolHomepages.com
This Web site has excellent links to resources on Web site design.

EyeWire Tips
Great tips on using various design software such as Photoshop, Illustrator, and Pagemaker. EyeWire also sells clipart, fonts, illustrations, and photography.

Magazines and Journals

Before and After
Learn graphic design and desktop publishing techniques with this magazine.

Communication Arts
Creative resource for graphic design, photography, illustration, art direction, advertising, etc. Their Web site also has forums to post questions and share information.

Dynamic Graphics
Provides practical advice, easy-to-follow instructions, and techniques for saving time and money.

Graphis
Graphis is an international journal on visual communication. In addition to the magazine, they also offer books and a paper specifier. Look here for inspiration.

Print
Covers many aspects of graphic design, electronic as well as print.

Publish
An online magazine for electronic publishing professionals.

Books/Authors

A History of Graphic Design, Philip Meggs, 1998.
Covers the history of graphic design and includes the computer revolution of the last decade.

Creating Killer Websites, David Siegel, 1997
In addition to being a great guide to creating Web sites, the book has an accompanying Web site with design tips and example sites.

Dynamics of Document Design: Creating Texts for Readers, Karen A. Schriver, 1996.
Schriver has researched how people read and create documents. Her book includes examples and case studies for writers and graphic designers to learn from in usable documents.

Lynda Weinman
Weinman has written a number of terrific books on Web design and Web graphics.

Robin Williams
Author of Beyond the Mac is Not a Typewriter and The Non-Designer's Design Book, Williams has a number of useful and fun-to-read books on typography, fonts, and Macs. She also is a columnist on the Adobe Web site.

Forum Communications

ForUM Communicator—e-mail newsletter

FORUM-C listserv—the Forum's electronic mailing list

Tips From Forum Members

Hiring a Translator

Preparing Text and Materials for Graphic Designers

Professional E-mail Guidelines

Writing an Effective Design Brief

Forum logo design process