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Graphic Design - Resources to use from home




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Find out more about the Graphic Design Program at City College

"Our award winning graphic design program has a proud history of mentoring strong, dynamic designers. 

Guided by faculty who are working professionals, students learn to design for the real world. 

Frequently earning top awards, transfer scholarships and jobs, our graduates excel in the industry."

Experience the work of San Diego City College Graphic Design Students

Graphic Designers and websites of interest

People In The Field

Professional Organizations and Websites

  • American Institute of Graphic Arts: "As the profession’s oldest and largest professional membership organization for design—with more than 70 chapters and more than 15,000 members—we advance design as a professional craft, strategic advantage, and vital cultural force"
  • Pantone "provides a universal language of color that enables color-critical decisions through every stage of the workflow for brands and manufacturers"


Article Databases

For City College Students: Access databases containing articles from newspapers, magazines, and peer-reviewed scholarly journals through our home page.

  • Click on A-Z Databases
  • Scroll down for a quick look at the topics in each database. Ebsco’s Academic Search Complete is a robust database with articles on just about everything and is often a good place to start.
  • Some databases include articles from journals magazines and newspapers as well as books.  If you are unsure what kind of resource you have, ask us on 24/7 chat on our home page or ask your instructor.
  • The databases that say they include “scholarly or peer reviewed” resources may also contain popular resources.  If so, it is likely you will find a way to limit to either the scholarly/peer reviewed sources or the popular sources.
  • Choose a database and use its Advance Search
  • Use your topic terms and alternative terms when searching.  For example, try
    • "graphic design* AND font*
    • design AND typeface*

Specific Databases of Interest (Access these and explore the 65+ other databases such as and JStor and Academic Search Complete via the A-Z databases link on the library's home page.)

  • Oxford Art Online: Grove Art 
  • Vocation and Career Collection

E-Books for City College Student

E-Books from our Library catalog

To search for e-books in City College Library Catalog, start on our home page.

  • Click Advanced Search
  • Click SDCCD Books+
  • Type in your search term(s) like "graphic design*"; typeface; Pantone
  • Press SEARCH
  • Now Refine your Search Results appears in the left column
  • Click on Available Online


  • Print books are also accessed via the process above.  To find print books, note the campus (City, Mesa or Miramar) and the call number.  Feel free to ask a librarian for help.
  • Do NOT refine your search by clicking on City College.  This seems to omit many books to which you have access
  • FYI your username is your 10 digit ID number and your password is your last name.

Videos and clips: Films on Demand and Swank for City College Students

Videos and Clips

Just a few examples of what you will find in Films on Demand:

  • Sustainability Considerations in Design examines the art of conceiving and creating physical products according to ecologically sound principles.
  • Graphic Design: What's in a logo
  • Managing a Design Project

Access to City College streaming videos, including Films on Demand, is through our home page.

  • Click on A-Z Databases
  • Scroll down to Films on Demand, Swank, National Theatre Collection, Kanopy, or Film Platform.
  • Films on Demand provides access to video collection for over 38,500 full-length videos and 310,000+ video clips in a variety of subject areas.  
  • Swank provides access to over 290 feature films from major Hollywood studios and producers.
  • If on campus, you may view DVDs in the Library.  Find the DVD you want via our catalog, SDCCD Books+, on the home page.  Pick up the DVD from the Circulation Counter and take it to R105 (downstairs) to view.  Faculty can take DVDs home for a week.

Need some help?

Get Help San Diego City College LIBRARY Home Page

For simple questions about the library, email us at

Get help finding the books and articles you need via 24/7 chat or set up an in-person or zoom one-on-one or small groups with a librarian.

When open, come by the City College Library (R Building) and discuss what you need with a faculty-librarian at the Information Desk (reference).  Or call us at 619-388-3288.

Learn how to do research.  From the Library's homepage, click on Research Guides and then scroll down to

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