Design Resources

This site is intended to provide access to relevant and stimulating design resources that are available on the web. We shall update this site as new credible resources become available. We request that you e-mail us with any sites that you feel are worthy additions. Your feedback is critical to the success of this site.
design 1. to prepare the preliminary sketch or the plans for (a work to be executed), esp. to plan the form and structure of: to design a new bridge. 2. to plan and fashion artistically or skillfully. 3. to intend for a definite purpose: a scholarship designed for foreign students. 4. to contrive or plan: The prisoner designed an intricate escape. 5. to have as one's purpose. 6. Obs. to mark out, as by a sign; indicate. 7. to make drawings, preliminary sketches, or plans. 8. to plan and fashion the form and structure of an object, work of art, decorative scheme, etc. 9. an outline, sketch, or plan, as of the form and structure of a work of art, an edifice, or a machine to be executed or constructed. 10. organization or structure of formal elements in a work of art; composition. 11. the combination of details or features of a picture, building, etc.; the pattern or motif of artistic work: the design on a bracelet. 12. the art of designing: a school of design. 13. a plan or project: a design for a new process. 14. a plot or intrigue, esp. a deceitful one: His political rivals formulated a design to unseat him (Webster's, p 539).

design, objet d'art [Fr], art object, art work, artistic production, piece, work, study, composition; creation, brainchild; virtue [excellence or merit in objects of art, curios, and the like.], article or piece of virtue; plan, scheme, method, program, device, contrivance, game, envisagement, conception, enterprise, idea; organization, rationalization, systematization, schematization; charting, mapping, graphing, blueprinting; planning, calculation, figuring; planning function; long-range planning, master plan, the picture or the big picture [both informal]; approach, attack; way, procedure (Chapman, pp 436, 501).

Audience - addresses the use and theory of audience demographics to promote more effective communications.

Layout - provides information on good design practices and links to additional reference sources.

Typography - provides typographic terminology, sources for typefaces, magazines, organizations, and type theory.

Image - provides for direct acquisition of images and graphic devices for both print and screen reproduction.

Color - provides "html" codes for Web backgrounds and sources that discuss color theory, for both print and screen.

Education - lists schools and on-line educational resources

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