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Product Design: Overview

Welcome

This guide is designed to steer Product Design students to Library resources that pertain specifically to their concentrations. If you are conducting research for a course outside of your department or on a specific topic (e.g. Color Theory), a different guide may be appropriate (see below for links). Library staff is available to meet with you one-on-one for additional research assistance.

Library Catalog and Related Guides:

Library catalog: click HERE.
CCS Material Collection: click HERE.
Color Resources: click HERE.
Material Research: click HERE.

 

Braun Phonosuper SK4 (Snow White's Coffin) 
by Dieter Rams, 1956

Types of Resources in the Libraries

Reference Sources (Encyclopedias, Dictionaries):

  • Basic overview of subject 
  • Quick lookup of factual information
  • Recommendations for more in-depth information  

Books: 

  • Print or electronic
  • In-depth research 
  • Analysis of an issue's context
  • Historical information  

Articles:

  • Print periodicals or article databases
  • Narrowly focused analysis
  • Detailed findings from individual studies
  • Current information and trends 

Images and Videos:

  • Visual learning option
  • Technology instruction
  • Curated image collections give access to high quality images for research

Material Samples:

  • Available at the Color & Materials Library
  • Tactile interaction with textiles, metals, plastics, wood, glass, tiles, paper
  • Color swatches from many companies and color systems 
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