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Graphic Design

a guide for courses that include or focus on graphic design


  • Cooper Hewitt is a museum in New York that is dedicated exclusively to design from past and present.
  • Design Museum of Chicago is a non-profit cultural institution that "strives to make [design] accessible to everyone through free exhibitions in a public space in the Chicago Loop."  They facilitate "conversations around design comprised of a variety of voices, backgrounds, and viewpoints."
  • The Herb Lubalin Study Center of Design and Typography is located at Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art which focuses on art, architecture, and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.  Its "core collection includes an extensive archive of his work, including drawings, promotional, editorial and advertising design, typeface design, posters, logos, and other materials dating from 1950 to 1981."  It is mostly a physical exhibit, but there are a few online resources. 
  • The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) champions contemporary makers across creative fields, presenting artists, designers, and artisans who apply the highest level of ingenuity and skill to their work.
  • The Museum of Craft and Design is located in San Francisco, California.  It "showcases designers, makers, and artists through an exciting and distinctive series of craft and design-focused exhibitions and public programs. As a non-collecting institution, the museum actively collaborates with artists, designers, museums, and universities, as well as design venues and practitioners to create inspirational experiences in the world of craft and design for visitors of all ages."
  • Museum of Design in Atlanta is a museum that dedicates itself to studying and celebrating design. They offer "exhibitions, education, and programming for visitors of all ages."
  • Poster House "is the first museum in the United States dedicated exclusively to posters. Through exhibitions, events, and publications, Poster House presents a global view of posters from their earliest appearance in the late 1800s to their present-day use. Poster House takes its mission from the medium, aiming to engage and educate all audiences as we investigate this large-format graphic design and its public impact."
  • The Whitney Museum of American Art "presents the full range of twentieth-century and contemporary American art, with a special focus on works by living artists. The Whitney is dedicated to collecting, preserving, interpreting, and exhibiting American art, and its collection."  The Whitney has an online exhibit dedicated to its graphic design pieces.  

Graphic Design Organizations

  • American Institute of Graphic Arts is a professional organization that works to "advance design as a professional craft, strategic advantage, and vital cultural force. From content that defines the global practice to events that connect and catalyze, we work to enhance the value and deepen the impact of design across all disciplines on business, society, and our collective future."
  • The Association of Registered Graphic Designers "is a non-profit, professional association that represents over 4,100 design practitioners, including firm owners, freelancers, managers, educators, and students."
  • Graphic Artists Guild's "primary purpose is to help our members build successful careers by equipping them with the skills and support needed to compete more effectively in an ever-changing field." 
  • Society for Experiential Graphic Design is a nonprofit professional organization.  It is a "global, multidisciplinary community of professionals who plan, design, and build experiences that connect people to place."
  • The Society of Publication Designers "powers the future of visual storytelling, setting the standard for editorial excellence. We bring together and support the most talented creatives, working across all platforms and disciplines, to learn, inspire, and collaborate."