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Visual Resources for VISCOM Students


Visual Communication students can find several titles and databases in the Visual Resources Centre which are relevant to your course, including:

DVDs: The Library has a collection of over 2000 DVD titles, including documentaries on all aspects of art and design, as well as feature films. The following titles are particularly relevant for the VISCOM curriculum:

Titles about graphic design and typography

Gary Hustwit: Helvetica (U.K., 2007)

Feature films with title sequences by famous designers such as Saul Bass:

Alfred Hitchcock: North by Northwest (U.S., 1959)
Martin Scorsese: Goodfellas

ARTstor: A vast collection of over one million digital images of all periods of art and design. You can find the NCAD guide to using ARTstor here.

ARTstor has several collections which are relevant to VISCOM, including the Graphic Design and Illustration Collection, which has over 13,000 images, and the Graphic Design collection at MOMA, with over 2,000 images.

NCAD Image Library: Our own local collection of digital images used by NCAD lecturers. You can find a guide to the NCAD Image Library here.

To browse images related to visual communication, select Graphic Design (Visual Communication) from the Classification drop-down list, and click on Find.

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Welcome to all students


The new academic term is about to start, and here at the Visual Resources Centre we want to welcome back all NCAD students and staff. It has been a busy summer, with many new developments in Visual Resources.

Videos/ DVDs: We have a great collection of DVDs, including both feature films and art documentaries. The online library catalogue now has records of ALL our DVDs, with information about their availability. Just type in a keyword of your choice (say, the name of an artist or filmmaker), and add the word “videorecording”. The results will show you relevant titles, and when you click on a title you will be given further information about it, including where it is and whether it can be borrowed. Also, keep an eye on this blog for lists of new titles added to the collection.

ARTstor Image Library: NCAD subscribes to ARTstor, a library of over one million images of art and design subjects, including painting, sculpture, architecture, print, visual communication, textiles, fashion, ceramics, glass, matalwork, and industrial design. With ARTstor you can:

  • Filter search results by Time Period, Classification, and Geography
  • Choose the number of thumbnails displayed
  • Mouse-over to view larger images
  • Use ARTstor Mobile for iPad, iPod touch, iPhone
  • Batch download to PowerPoint

For a quick introduction to ARTstor, visit us at the Visual Resources Centre in the Library and we will give you a 15-minute tour of the database on the spot.

NCAD Image Library: We also have our own image library, consisting of over 7,000 images of art and design subjects, with more specific focus on Irish artists. To gain access to the NCAD Image Library, contact the Visual Resources Librarian for a username and password.

Zotero and Image Databases Training Session for Postgrads


The NCAD Visual Resources Centre is holding a training session for postgraduate students in the use of Zotero, the free, open source citation software that allows students to keep track of their bibliographic records in an easy, one-click solution. In addition, there will be a brief introduction to our image databases, ARTstor, and the NCAD Image Library.

The session will take place on Thursday January 27th from 5.30 to 6.30 pm in the Sybyl Connolly room in the Clock building.

To facilitate the training session, please download the Zotero software onto your computers and bring them with you into the classroom.