External Resources

Links to blogs, design and type sites, and other web resources.

Tools and Resources

Comp Fight
Flickr-whacking site makes it easier to use the photo sharing resource for finding stock imagery.

Color inspiration from Adobe. It becomes interactive when you download the Kuler Desktop

Design Education
Thousands of resources for design students, including free and inexpensive stock photos.


Fun & Games

Bembo’s Zoo
The Animated version of Roberto deVicq de Cumptich’s playful alphabet book.

Helvetica v. Arial
Can you tell the difference? Take the quiz and find out. Then beat up the pretender here.

BitFont Maker
Design a crude typeface of your own.

Silly type games.

Alphabet Synthesis Machine
Tired of the alphabet? Make your own.

The Barbara Kruger Style Guide
Puts Kruger’s style into a fake corporate style book. Compare to Mason’s below.

Blogs, Online Jounrals
and Magazines

AIGA Voice
Excellent writing on design
and design history.

Communication Arts
Articles from the magazine and web-exclusive content. Also portfolios and jobs.

Design Observer
Very knowledgeable blog. Links to the latest design news.

Group illustrator blog. Great insights into the art director/illustrator relationship, as well as a look at some of the latest and best in contemporary illustration.

Design Your Life
For livin’ la vita logo.

Designing Magazines
My blog on magazine design.

Poynter Online
Writing on Visual Journalism graphics, photojournalism and original research. Also see their design tipsheets.

The Readership Institute
The science of reading.

Media news and Gossip—and one of the first blogs. Should be of particular interest to 313 students.

Speak Up
Design writing with a sense of humor.

Type Culture
About type design and usage.





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Clubs and Organizations

American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) DC

Art Director’s Club of Metropolitan Washington

Graphic Artist’s Guild

The Illustrator’s Club of Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia

The Illustrator’s Partnership of America

Society for News Design

Society of Illustrators

Society of Publication Designers

The Type Directors Club


Mason Resources

George Mason Graphic Standards Guide



Adobe Type
Explore Mason’s type
collection online.

Other foundries

Hoefler & Frere-Jones

Process Type Foundry





House Industries


Jandos Rothstein, Assistant Professor of Graphic Information Design

George Mason University, Department of Art and Visual Technology

College Hall, Room C218, 4400 University Drive, MS 1C3, Fairfax, Va., 22030

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