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GDES 220: Design Practices

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Graphic & commercial art

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  • Archives in art
  • Artists as collectors
  • Designer/artist + curator

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GDES 220 Assignment


  • Archives & Indexing
    Students will collect various materials and build an archive that can be utilized for analyzing and creating diverse methods of interpreting and translating its contents. 
  • Archives & Futures
    Students will create an archive that emphasizes speculative design techniques to envision alternative futures and narratives.


  • Cataloging  Content Management  Media Literacy  Libraries  Reference Building  Acknowledging Tools. 

Creative Research for Graphic Design

Art/Design + Archives

Art/Design + Curation

Art/Design + Editing/Criticism

Top Graphic Design Databases

Use these arts and humanities databases to search for scholarly articles and essays on graphic design topics.