The Research Process for Artists

Study in Art & Design involves the integration of research, writing and studio practice as shown in the study cycle diagram below.

History of Poster Design

Are you writing a paper on the history of poster design? Or are you looking for historical examples to inspire your own work? The image database ARTstor is an amazing resource with other 1 million images of posters, paintings, fashion, illustrations, photographs, sculpture, and other fine and applied arts. Below are some examples of late-nineteenth century posters by Henri de Toulouse Lautrec and Alphonse Mucha.

Database Spotlight

ProQuest Arts Databases

Includes access to:

  • ARTBibliographies Modern
  • Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals
  • Design and Applied Arts Index
  • International Bibliography of Art


See an example below for current articles on graphic design and advertising:

ProQuest Arts Search Example

Copyright for Graphic Designers

Copyright Basics for Graphic Designers (AIGA)

Design Business and Ethics (Series from AIGA)

Registering Your Copyright in Graphic Design: Fighting Back if the Copyright Office Says No by Linda Joy Kattwinkel (Graphic Artists Guild)

“The Value of Design” from the Design Council

The Value of Design from Design Council on Vimeo.