ICSM Dialogue on Design

ICSM course description

This guide supports the following seminar:

Explores how design informs the environment we live in, the products we buy, and the dialogue we create with other human beings. Focuses on an appreciation of modern design in the fields of architecture, industrial design, and graphic design. Students gain an understanding of the creative process by examining the work of iconic figures such as Louis Kahn, Richard Neutra, Dieter Rams, Jonathan Ives, Steve Jobs, Paul Rand, and Milton Glaser. We learn that design encompasses both the aesthetic and the functional, connecting art and commerce, and elevating the human spirit along with the bottom line. We discuss principles of design, reflecting on how design thinking can be applied in our lives to achieve our creative potential and succeed in our chosen academic discipline.

(Milton Glaser's DYLAN)

Best Bets: Databases

General databases: Subject specific databases:
  • Arts & Humanities Database
    Arts & Humanities Database titles include both scholarly peer-reviewed journals and selected trade and consumer titles relevant to applied arts and cultural studies. This database features hundreds of titles covering art, architecture, design, history, philosophy, music, literature, theatre, and cultural studies.
  • Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals
    A comprehensive index of journal articles published worldwide from 1934 to the present on architectural design and history but coverage as well of real estate development, sports facilities, commercial buildings, city planning, urban design, environmental studies, historic preservation, landscape architecture, and archeology.
Full-text journal collections:
  • JSTOR
    JSTOR provides access to academic journals and primary sources in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences.
  • Project Muse
    Project MUSE offers full-text current and archival articles from 600+ scholarly journals from major university presses covering literature and criticism, history, performing arts, cultural studies, education, philosophy, political science, gender studies, and more. Updated continually.
Find images:
  • ARTstor
    Database of more than 1,000,000 digital images representing visual and material culture across cultures and time periods. Documents the fields of architecture, painting, sculpture, photography, decorative arts, and design, as well as many other forms of visual culture. ARTstor tools enable the ability to save groups of images online for personal and classroom use. IC's Visual Resources Collection (VRC) of over 20,000 images is now available. Look for the Ithaca College-Visual Resouces Collection link in the lower middle section of the page.
  • Image Collection
    Search for articles with images across EBSCO databases using the Image Search interface.  Thumbnails will display in the results list when using this interface.
  • Saul Bass Poster Archive
News:
  • LexisNexis Academic
    Full-text access to continuously updated news, law, and business information. Highlights: News: newswires, transcripts, regional, national/international news, & Gallup Polls; Legal: law review articles, federal case law, and federal/state codes; Business: company profiles, country profiles, and SEC filings; People: directories from the entertainment industry, elected officials, executives, politicians, and obituaries.  Also has a section that includes full-text of several health newsletters and abstracts of articles in major medical journals.
  • New York Times (1980-present)
    Full-text of The New York Times from 1980 - present. For Historical coverage please use ProQuest Historical Newspapers The New York Times (1851 - 2007)
  • CBS Sunday Morning:  The Design Show.  (May 2016).   This special episode is devoted to design and designers: architecture, fashion, interior design, & product design.

Articles about Designers

Here are some searches on people in our EBSCO databases.   I searched the last name, first name and chose "subject" from the drop-down.  This retrieves articles where the designer is the subject of the article  -- and not just a passing mention.  You'll need to add a second key word  or use the "Refine Search" tools in the left column to find more targeted articles to your information need.  We can help you with that! Here are some searches on movements and kinds of design:

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TED talks on design

 TED : Ideas worth spreading  This organization records lectures by leading thinking on topics of technology, entertainment and design.  Here are videos on design.

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