TVR 210400: Design of New Media: Theory, Function and Analysis

About this Guide

This guide supports the class, "Design of New Media: Theory, Function and Analysis."  Course description: Fundamental principles of design, function, and usability of new media technology, including mobile applications, web-based media, games, and other digital media platforms. Assessment of examples of new media designs for strengths, limitations, and usability; exploration of rules, techniques, and problem-solving strategies that go into the creation of new media applications and platforms.

The sample searches are starting places and are not comprehensive; they only include searches in the library's catalog and the EBSCO platform.  For additional search assistance, contact Cathy.

On Library Reserve

You can find your course reserve reading at the Circulation Desk (to your left as you enter the library): Course Reserve Books ; provide the Circulation clerk with the call number of the book.

User-Centered Design / User Experience(UX)

Books: Articles: Websites:
  • Nielsen Norman Group (NN/g)
    Based in Fremont, CA, the NN/g helps companies design human-centered products. Their Reports page includes reports containing guidelines, best practices, case studies and methodologies.

Iterative Design / Rapid Development

Books: Articles:


  • Adobe After Effects
    Software from Adobe for use in motion graphics and visual effects.  Get After Effects plugins at
  • American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA)
    The professional association of design.
    Prof. Sinclair's site includes three blogs: 1) iMachina (research and practice in virtual worlds), 2) Interactive Storytelling (games and digital media) and 3) Experimental Hybrids (documents Sinclair's first multinational collaborative project and now his autonomous robotic marionette).
  • Autodesk
    Company that produces Maya 3D animation software.  The site includes tabs for training and support.
  • Blender
    Run by the Blender Foundation of Amsterdam, Blender is an open source site for those needed 3D models. Blender can be dowloaded.  There is an Education & Help tab for users.
  • Confessions of an Aca-Fan
    Official weblog of Henry Jenkins, Professor of Communication, Journalism, and Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California.
  • Creative COW
    Peer-to-peer support group for media production professionals. The Tutorials tab is especially useful.
  • Design Your Way
    Versatile design magazine that includes coverage of motion graphics topics.
  • Final Cut Pro X
    Media editing and effects software from Apple Inc.
  • Gray Machine
    Site for the motion design community.  It includes After Effects tutorials.
  • IDEAlliance
    The International Digital Enterprise Alliance is a non-profit organization that creates standards and best practices for the delivery of multimedia content.
  • Information Aesthetics
    Blog of the intersection between creative design and information visualization. One especially good example is "5 years of Infosthetics":
  • International Graphic Arts Education Association (IGAEA)
    From the website: "The International Graphic Arts Education Association (IGAEA) is an association of educators in partnership with industry, dedicated to sharing theories, principles, techniques and processes relating to graphic communications and imaging technology."  They publish the Visual Communications Journal.
  • Ken Stone's Final Cut Pro
    Free training site for Final Cut Pro.
  • Logo Design Love
    Blog devoted to logos by David Airey, a self-employed graphic designer.
  • Nielsen Norman Group (NN/g)
    Based in Fremont, CA, the NN/g helps companies design human-centered products. Their Reports page includes reports containing guidelines, best practices, case studies and methodologies.
  • Processing
    Open Source programming language for, "people who want to create images, animations, and interactions."
  • Redefinery
    Blog by Jeff Almasol that offers tips and scripts for using motion graphics software such as Adobe After Effects.
  • Slashdot
    "News for nerds... stuff that matters".
  • TED : Ideas worth spreading
    Nonprofit that sponsors a conference that explores Technology, Entertainment, and Design. The annual TED prize offers "One Wish to Change the World" in addition to a monetary award.  The organization also sponsors TED Talks (disseminating "Ideas worth spreading" online).
  • Trademarkia
    Non-governmental free search engine for finding United States federally registered trademarks. 
  • Video Copilot
    Video Copilot offers free After Effects Basic Training and other free tutorials.
  • Web Style Guide
    Covers web site functionality, accessibility, Cascading Style Sheets, and flexible page design. Additional sections on information architecture, site maintenance, and multimedia design, including site examples that reflect current best practices.

Contact Us

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Communications Librarian
(607) 274-1293

Search Argos

IC Game Developers

Consider joining the IC Game Developers a club of students interested in designing video games.

Best Bets: Databases

Note:  The Dashboard (see above) searches across all databases. I recommend it as a starting place.  For more search control using field codes and databases thesaurus, search the databases one at a time.

  1. Communication Source   Top index to the field of communications. Trade and scholarly.  EBSCO interface.
  2. Communication Studies: a SAGE Full-Text Collection  Twelve fulltext journals in the field of communications by the publisher SAGE
Computer Science 
  1. ScienceDirect  Includes fulltext scholarship for computer science.
  2. ACM Digital Library
    Database with citations for computer science journals, reports,and conference proceedings. Full text available to subscribers only.
  3. See: the Science Librarian's Computer Science guide for a complete list
  1. Business Source Premier (Original Interface)  (BSP) Top index to business information. Trade and scholary.  EBSCO interface.
  2. ABI/INFORM Collection   Also a good index to business information.  ProQuest interface.
  3. ScienceDirect   Mainly science information but contains some strong public relations titles.
  4. Business Insights: Essentials   Good for searching company and industry information.  Compares to the Company Dossier in LexisNexis.
  5. Social Science Research Network (SSRN)  Working papers in business, law, economics, etc. Some fulltext.
Social Sciences
  1. ERIC (Ebsco interface)   Top index for education research.
  2. Professional Development Collection   Smaller index that focuses on professional education.
  3. SocINDEX with Full Text  Top index for sociology research.
  4. PsycINFO  Top index for pscyhology research.
Any of the databases below are good to search on any topic.
  1. Academic Search Premier   Multidisciplinary database on an EBSCO interface.
  2. ProQuest Research Library  Multidisciplinary database on a ProQuest interface.
  3. Academic OneFile  Multidisciplinary database on a GALE interface.
  4. Ebook Central (formerly ebrary)   Multidisciplinary database of full-text ebooks.

Select Journals

Reference works

Product Design
  • Rodgers, Paul. Product Design. London: Laurence King Pub, 2011.  Chapter 3 on "Concept Design" may be useful.
  • Peetz, T. B. (2011). New Product Development Process. In L. E. Swayne & M. Dodds (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Sports Management and Marketing (Vol. 3, pp. 989-991). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Reference. 
Reference works:

Smashing Magazine

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