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Welcome to the Bahrain Polytechnic Visual Design Research LibGuide website!  In this section, you will find resources for Visual Design, such as  recommended books, articles, useful links and documents to download.

Search Summon and Catalogue for related resources. Or Access all our Library Databases here.

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Recommended Books


Obey: Supply and Demand – Shepard Fairey
ISBN: 9781584232445

Publication Date: 2006

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Retro Graphics: a visual sourcebook to 100 years of graphic design – Jonathan Raimes and Lakshmi Bhaskaran
ISBN: 9780811855082

Publication Date: 2007

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The visual dictionary of graphic design – Gavin Ambrose
ISBN: 9782940373437

Publication Date: 2006

Get Started

Choosing your Topic

Here are some resources for visual design:

  1. 99 Graphic Design Resources
    • 99 Sites All Designers Must Know About- free visual design resources.
  2. Design, famous designers, design blogs, websites and magazines – a website directory.
    • A free resource on a wide variety of design topics
  3. Communication Arts – Home
    • The website for the international

password-resetFinding Background Information 

You should consult encyclopedia and other resources to get background information on your topic:

This is an authoritative reference guide to help you find general information about a topic. Access information for this site is available on the LLC page on Moodle.


Useful Resources in Visual Design

We have many art and design magazines in the library.

  1. Digital Photographer
  2. Print
  3. HOW Design
  4. Computer Arts Magazine
  5. Computer Arts Project

Please feel free to make use of these magazines in the magazine racks in the LLC.

We also have some art and design academic journals avaliable. Please request for login details from the information desk if you do not have it already:

  1. Design Issues
    • Scholarly journal focusing on history, criticism, and theory of design. The international scope of the journal provides a place where discussions about the designs and treasures from all societies and civilizations can be pulled together and assimilated. (from Magazines for Libraries 2008)
  2. Communication Arts
    • High-quality trade publication for commercial artists. Feature artilces may profile design studios and artists or highlight special advertising and design projects. (from Magazines for Libraries 2008)
    • Also available in print in the LLC magazine racks.
  3. 3D World
    • A monthly magazine with a focus on animation, visual effects, videogame design, illustration and architectural visualisation.
    • Avaliable in the LLC magazine racks.
  4. Computer Arts Magazine
    • The world’s leading digital art magazine.
    • Available in the LLC magazine racks.

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