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Art and Design Subject Guide


When you do a general search on the catalogue your results will include ebooks as well as print. Here is an example of a design book that is in both formats:


The top item shows 2 print books available at call # 745.4 GIM. The 2nd item shows a little green globe instead. Note also the icons on the far left. They represent books and e-books, hence the little red "e". 

When you click on the titles in the list, you will be brought to the catalogue record for each book. If it is an e-book, you will find a link to the full-text of the book. If you click that link, you will "open" the e-book. If you are on campus, you will be brought directly to the fulltext ebook. You may need to sign into the ebook with your TU Dublin IS password. Some Ebook publishers may ask you to create your own account.

Once you have accessed the ebook, you can read the book on line, download specific chapters (within copyright rules) or “borrow” the book for a short period of time. 

Please be aware of Copyright Law - you are only allowed to download/print a certain percentage of any book.

All of our ebooks have multi-user licenses which means that they can be accessed by up to 3 users simultaneously. Don't forget to logout when you are finished looking at an ebooks as this will free it up for the next person. 

To browse the e-books available, you can search the subject "E-book collection" to get a list. 
Find more information of searching e-books here.

You can also browse by clicking one of our supplier links. Most useful are the Proquest and EBSCO lists: 

To search for e-books related to art and design use the advanced search ( in the library catalogue. Enter the terms ebook collection in one block as a subject field search. In the other fields add relevant search terms such as Art, Paint*, sculpt* and so on. The resulting list of books should be electronic books related to the keyword(s) used to search.

For more details on finding ebooks, see this guide, or the PDF guide listed below. 

Below is a gallery of just a few of the ebooks relevant to Art and Design. Click an image to link to the ebook record on the catalogue.

E-Book Gallery

A Companion to Contemporary Drawing

The first university-level textbook on the power, condition, and expanse of contemporary fine art drawing A Companion to Contemporary Drawing explores how 20th and 21st century artists have used drawing to understand and comment on the world. Presenting contributions by both theorists and practitioners, this unique textbook considers the place, space, and history of drawing and explores shifts in attitudes towards its practice over the years. Twenty-seven essays discuss how drawing emerges from the mind of the artist to question and reflect upon what they see, feel, and experience. This book discusses key themes in contemporary drawing practice, addresses the working conditions and context of artists, and considers a wide range of personal, social, and political considerations that influence artistic choices. Topics include the politics of eroticism in South American drawing, anti-capitalist drawing from Eastern Europe, drawing and conceptual art, feminist drawing, and exhibitions that have put drawing practices at the centre of contemporary art. This textbook: Demonstrates ways contemporary issues and concerns are addressed through drawing Reveals how drawing is used to make powerful social and political statements Situates works by contemporary practitioners within the context of their historical moment Explores how contemporary art practices utilize drawing as both process and finished artifact Shows how concepts of observation, representation, and audience have changed dramatically in the digital era Establishes drawing as a mode of thought Part of the acclaimed Wiley Blackwell Companions to Art History series, A Companion to Contemporary Drawing is a valuable text for students of fine art, art history, and curating, and for practitioners working within contemporary fine art practice.

Old Mistresses

How was it possible, by the later twentieth century, to have erased women as artists from art history so comprehensively that the idea of 'the artist' was exclusively masculine? Why was this erasure more radical in the twentieth century than ever before? Why is everything that compromises greatness in art coded as 'feminine'? Has the feminist critique of Art History history yet effected real change? With a new Preface by Griselda Pollock, this new edition of a truly groundbreaking book offers a radical challenge to a women-free Art History. Parker and Pollock's critique of Art History's sexism leads to expanded, inclusive readings of the art of the past. They demonstrate how the changing historical social realities of gender relations and women artists' translation of gendered conditions into their works provide keys to novel understandings of why we might study the art of the past. They go further to show how such knowledge enables us to understand art by contemporary artists who are women and can contribute to the changing self-perception and creative work of artists today.

Designing Brand Identity

A revised new edition of the bestselling toolkit for creating, building, and maintaining a strong brand From research and analysis through brand strategy, design development through application design, and identity standards through launch and governance, Designing Brand Identity, Fourth Edition offers brand managers, marketers, and designers a proven, universal five-phase process for creating and implementing effective brand identity. Enriched by new case studies showcasing successful world-class brands, this Fourth Edition brings readers up to date with a detailed look at the latest trends in branding, including social networks, mobile devices, global markets, apps, video, and virtual brands. Features more than 30 all-new case studies showing best practices and world-class Updated to include more than 35 percent new material Offers a proven, universal five-phase process and methodology for creating and implementing effective brand identity

Image Studies

Image Studies offers an engaging introduction to visual and image studies. In order to better understand images and visual culture the book seeks to bridge between theory and practice; asking the reader to think critically about images and image practices, but also simultaneously to make images and engage with image-makers and image-making processes. Looking across a range of domains and disciplines, we find the image is never a single, static thing. Rather, the image can be a concept, an object, a picture, or medium ¿ and all these things combined. At the heart of this book is the idea of an ¿ecology of images¿, through which we can examine the full ¿life¿ of an image ¿ to understand how an image resonates within a complex set of contexts, processes and uses. Part 1 covers theoretical perspectives on the image, supplemented with practical entries on making, researching and writing with images. Part 2 explores specific image practices and cultures, with chapters on drawing and painting; photography; visual culture; scientific imaging; and informational images. A wide range of illustrations complement the text throughout and each chapter includes creative tasks, keywords (linked to an online resource), summaries and suggested further reading. In addition, each of the main chapters include selected readings by notable authors across a range of subject areas, including: Art History, Business, Cognitive Science, Communication Studies, Infographics, Neuroscience, Photography, Physics, Science Studies, Social Semiotics, Statistics, and Visual Culture.

Sculpture As Experience

Sculpture as Experience 2nd Edition explores the freedoms and possibilities inherent in sculpture. Beginning with exercises in seeing and drawing for beginners and experienced artists alike, Dr. Judith Peck goes on to describe different approaches to creating sculpture, including both aesthetic and practical methods for working with a wide range of media.The expanded second edition includes:Six new chapters devoted to paper productions, foam core fabrications, wood constructions, sand sculpture, project preservations and patina, and mounting200 color photos to encourage individual creativity and provide inspirationIn-depth instructions demonstrating techniques for working with found objects, clay, foil and pariscraft, wax, wire, plaster and cement and vermiculiteChecklists of tools and materials needed for each medium and techniqueGenerously illustrated in color with student work and the author's own art, Sculpture as Experience 2nd Edition will broaden the definition of what sculpture is and help the individual sculptor find his or her medium.

The Migrant Image

In The Migrant Image T. J. Demos examines the ways contemporary artists have reinvented documentary practices in their representations of mobile lives: refugees, migrants, the stateless, and the politically dispossessed. He presents a sophisticated analysis of how artists from the United States, Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East depict the often ignored effects of globalization and the ways their works connect viewers to the lived experiences of political and economic crisis. Demos investigates the cinematic approaches Steve McQueen, the Otolith Group, and Hito Steyerl employ to blur the real and imaginary in their films confronting geopolitical conflicts between North and South. He analyzes how Emily Jacir and Ahlam Shibli use blurs, lacuna, and blind spots in their photographs, performances, and conceptual strategies to directly address the dire circumstances of dislocated Palestinian people. He discusses the disparate interventions of Walid Raad in Lebanon, Ursula Biemann in North Africa, and Ayreen Anastas and Rene Gabri in the United States, and traces how their works offer images of conflict as much as a conflict of images. Throughout Demos shows the ways these artists creatively propose new possibilities for a politics of equality, social justice, and historical consciousness from within the aesthetic domain.

Portable architecture : design and technology

Since the earliest people lived as nomads, their buildings were portable, constructed in a way that allowed them to be rebuilt as they moved to new locations for better living conditions as the seasons changed. This book discusses the forerunners, present context, and technology of portable architecture. It documents numerous international examples, organized by areas of application, and offers a broad array of suggestions for practical design. In the Arts and Culture section, Shigeru Ban's Nomadic Museum, made of shipping containers in the USA and Japan is examined, as is Mark Fisher's event architecture for concert tours by the Rolling Stones and U2. Suggestions for flexible living include Richard Horden's micro compact home and the Container Home Kit from LOT/EK. The design of mobile structures used in extreme situations, such as the Antarctic or in the aftermath of natural catastrophes, is explored. Exhibition and entertainment facilities are other typical areas of application for light, mobile structures. Demountable, temporary structures allow for exciting architectural experimentation which can then be prototyped for regular use.

Dark Tourism and Place Identity

Dark Tourism, including visitation to places such as murder sites, battlefields and cemeteries is a growing phenomenon, as well as an emergent area of scholarly interest. Despite this interest, the intersecting domains of dark tourism and place identity have been largely overlooked in the academic literature and this book aims to fill this void. The three main themes of Visitor Motivation, Destination Management and Place Interpretation are addressed in this book from both a demand and supply perspective by examining a variety of case studies from around the world. This edited volume takes the dark tourism discussion to another level by reinforcing the critical intersecting domains of dark tourism and place identity and, in particular, highlighting the importance of understanding this connection for visitors and destination managers. Written by leading academics in the area, this stimulating volume of 19 chapters will be valuable reading for postgraduate and advanced undergraduate students in a range of discipline areas; researchers and academics interested in dark tourism; and, other interested stakeholders including those in the tourism industry, government bodies and community groups.

Design and National Identity

This important study introduces the key theories of national identity, and relates them to the broad fields of product, graphic and fashion design.Javier Gimeno-Martinez approaches the inter-relationship between national identity and cultural production from two perspectives: the distinctive characteristics of a nation's output, and the consumption of design products within a country as a means of generating a national design landscape. Using case studies ranging from stamps in nineteenth century Russian-occupied Finland, to Coca-Cola as an 'American' drink in modern Trinidad and Tobago, he addresses concepts of essentialism, constructivism, geography and multiculturality, and considers the works of key theorists, including Benedict Anderson, Eric Hobsbawm and Doreen Massey.This illuminating book offers the first comprehensive account of how national identity and cultural policy have shaped design, while suggesting that traditional formations of the 'national' are increasingly unsustainable in an age of globalisation, migration and cultural diversity.Javier Gimeno-Martinez is Lecturer in Design Cultures at the VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Art, migration, and the production of radical democratic citizenship

"This edited volume explores the contribution of migrant and refugee artists to the performance and production of radical democratic citizenship in Europe"-- Provided by publisher. Contents: Four Thoughts in Two Voices and One Dodgy Passport / Bojana Jankovic -- Performing Citizenship : Micky Mouse and Activism in Egypt / Hossam Fazulla -- Migrants Performing Citizenship : Participatory Theatre and Walking Methods for Research / Umut Erel, Erene Kaptani, Maggie O'Neill and Tracey Reynolds.

Bauhaus Effects in Art, Architecture, and Design

Bringing together an international team of scholars, this book offers new perspectives on the impact that the Bauhaus and its teaching had on a wide range of artistic practices. Three of the fields in which the Bauhaus generated immediately transformative effects were housing, typography, and photography. Contributors go further to chart the surprising relation of the school to contemporary developments in hairstyling and shop window display in unprecedented detail. New scholarship has detailed the degree to which Bauhaus faculty and students set off around the world, but it has seldom paid attention to its impact in communist East Germany or in countries like Ireland where no Bauhäusler settled. This wide-ranging collection makes clear that a century after its founding, many new stories remain to be told about the influence of the twentieth century's most innovative arts institution. The book will be of interest to scholars working in art history, design history, photography, and architectural history.

Banksy : the man behind the wall

Contents: 1. The Art of Infiltration 2. Once Upon a Time 3. Graffiti Decoded 4. Finding his own Style 5. Anonymously Happy 6. The Artist and Organiser 7. The Outlaw Returns Home 8. Dismal Delights 9. Holiday Snaps 10. Welcome to Team Banksy 11. Psst… Anyone Want to Buy a Wall 12. The Business of Banksy 13. Biting the Hand that Tempts Him 14. Art without a Theory