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The sites listed here are by no means exhaustive of what is out there. These represent a fraction of the sites I visit regularly but are some of the highlights. The Organizations offer educational opportunities as well a like-minded community. Conferences are another benefit. The Writings area represents some of the sites I visit frequently to get another opinion or a book recommendation or just to see what is going on.

There is little out there on the web around Design History, practically none around new media history but I have collected what I have found and hopefully over time, more of us will contribute to this body of knowledge.

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Design/New Media History | Publications

Organizations of Interest

American Institute of Graphic Arts
National organization of designers from all aspects of the field. The group has local chapters across the US and sponsors conferences, educational efforts and several special interest groups.

AIGA Experience Design SIG
The special interest group that has formed out of the AIGA in response to the many designers practicing Experience design and Information Architecture. The group has been developed to give a voice to this evolving discipline within the larger graphic arts community.

The Graphic Artists Guild
The Graphic Artists Guild is a national union of illustrators, designers, web creators, production artists, surface designers and other creatives who have come together to pursue common goals, share their experience, raise industry standards, and improve the ability of visual creators to achieve satisfying and rewarding careers.

American Society for Information Science and Technology
The American Society for Information Science (ASIS) provides high-quality and unique education and conference programs, highly-regarded publications and journals, and other professional services for information systems developers, on-line professionals, information resource managers, librarians, record managers, and others who Bridge the Gap between the present and the future, between research and application, and between developer and user. The SIGIA group specifically focusses on those practitioners of Information Architecture.

ACM SIGCHI brings together people working on the design, evaluation, implementation, and study of interactive computing systems for human use. ACM SIGCHI provides an international, interdisciplinary forum for the exchange of ideas about the field of human-computer interaction (HCI).

Usability Professional's Association
The Usability Professionals' Association is mostly aimed at practicing Usability professionals and researcher, but offers great information to those developing experiences.

A world wide organization dedicated to type and typography. Offers a yearly conference and facilitates communication, information and action amongst the international type community.

Writings, Blogs, Commentaries & Other Sites

A collection writings, resources, interviews and other relevant stuff to practitioners of Information Design.

IA Slash
Always fresh pointers and some commentary to the best relevant sites and articles pertaining the Information Architecture and Interaction Design.

Lou Rosenfeld
Lou, of the polar book fame, periodically comments about the goings on in the community.

Argus - ACIA
The grand-daddy site - full of writings, resources, links to other interesting places and interviews with leaders in the field of IA.

The ever interesting writings and analysis by Peter Merholz on IA, interaction design and lots of other related stuff. (but you probably knew that already)

Elegant Hack
Commentary and observations from Christina Wodtke on the state and evolution of the IA practice. Always insightful.

Use It
The ever expounding, often controversial writings of Jakob Nielsen.
Writings and analysis from Mark Hurst of Creative Good. Creative Good offers some great white papers

A List Apart
Often inciting great discussion on the boards, this is one to read often.

v2 organization
commentary and observation about IA, design, usability and other stuff.

Varied postings ranging from Information Architecture to Usability to Logo Design. Covers the full range of interactive design issues.

Other Good Sites
- zeldman
- a list apart
- Jesse James Resource List
- User Interface Engineering

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Design / New Media History

Dr. Leslie and The Composing Room - PM / AD Magazine and their importance in the history of graphic design

Multimedia: from Wagner to Virtual Reality

Design Archive Online (archive from Rochester Institute's collection)

Communication Arts: Paul Rand

Communication Arts: Lester Beall

Communication Arts: Bradbury Thompson

Communication Arts: Marget Larson

Communication Arts: Saul Bass

Monuments of the Future: El Lissitsky (Getty Research Institute)

Cooper Union Herb Lubalin Study Center of Design and Typography / National Graphic Design Archives

Rochester Institute of Technology Wallace Library Special Collections

Rochester Institute of Technology Cary Library

Art Directors Club of New York - Hall of Fame

The Bauhaus Archive Museum, of Design

The Swiss Poster Collection at Carnegie Mellon

Posters: American Style (National Museum of American Art)

Herbert Bayer



Boxes and Arrows
B&A, the online user experience journal. I am the former editor in chief (4yrs). Articles specializing in Information Architecture, experience design, interaction design, the practice of design and other facets of the business. Articles from the community, but unlike a blog, edited by a group of great folks.

Communication Arts
This print magazine, long a favorite, has expanded on the web and now comprises a network of sites including: Design Interact (their take on interactive design), Creative Hotlist (the jobs site) and the parent CommArts.

Print Magazine
Some information on the site, but mainly a sell to the printed magazine.

Interesting reading and fun to peruse.

Always interesting - good section on Digital Culture.

Atlantic Monthly - Unbound
The Digital Culture archives has some great readings in theory, culture and state of the media.

Design Management Institute
The online arm of the Design Management Institute. Has info about conferences, abstracts from the printed journal and info about classes and seminars.

Digital Web
Web designer's online magazine. Reviews, features, how-to's etc.

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