Presented below are some food for thought items that will assist you in your pursuits as both a current student and future professional. Some listings are resources, some are inspirational, and some are for entertainment. As a creative, your education is in a continual state of flux, always evolving and never ending.
AIGA – AIGA, the professional association for design, is committed to advancing design as a professional craft, strategic tool and vital cultural force.
AisleOne – Graphic Design, Typography and Grid Systems.
A List Apart – Explores the design, development, and meaning of web content, with a special focus on web standards and best practices.
Beautiful Decay – Blog about contemporary art, music, and video based out of Los Angeles, CA.
Communication Arts – Print publication offering competitions, forums, feature articles, job bank, graphic design resources and online shopping.
David Airey – Graphic designer and author specializing in developing brand identities that position my clients ahead of their competitors, ultimately making client businesses more profitable.
Design Seeds – Design blog focusing on color and color palettes.
Dexigner – Online magazine & community for design news, events, competitions, and resources.
Plenty of Colour – Plenty of colour is a daily design blog devoted to showcasing and celebrating colour.
Print Magazine – Bimonthly magazine about visual culture and design.
Smashing Magazine – An online magazine for professional Web designers and developers with focus on valuable techniques, best practices and useful resources for the Web design community.
Top Design Magazine – Top Design Magazine was founded by two guys who are passionate about design and development. Here you will find the most interesting news, tutorials and resources related to all branches of design and web programming.
Art & Fear by David Bayles and Ted Orland
The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity by Julia Cameron
Graphic Artist’s Guild Handbook of Pricing and Ethical Guidelines by Graphic Artists Guild
How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
History of Beauty by Umberto Eco
On Ugliness by Umberto Eco
The Painted Word by Tom Wolfe
Seven Days in the Art World by Sarah Thornton
Thinking With Type by Ellen Lupton
Visual Thinking by Rudolf Arnheim
Ways of Seeing by John Berger
Why Art Cannot Be Taught: A Handbook for Art Students by James Elkings
VNA (Very Nearly Almost)
The Agony and the Ecstasy (film)
American Splendor (film)
Beauty is Embarrassing (film)
Jiro Dreams of Sushi (film)
Lust for Life (film)
Madmen (television series)
Manufactured Landscapes (film)
- Crystal Bridges – Museum of American Art featuring American masterworks dating from the Colonial era to contemporary times.
600 Museum Way, Bentonville AR, 72712
- 21c Museum Hotel Bentonville – Located on the northeast corner of the Bentonville town square and a short walk to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, 21c Museum Hotel Bentonville is a 104-room boutique hotel, contemporary art museum, cultural civic center, and home to The Hive restaurant. Stay with us and the iconic Green Penguins.
200 NE A Street, Bentonville AR, 72712
- Amon Carter Museum of American Art – Now in its sixth decade of operation, the Amon Carter Museum of American Art offers a diverse array of exhibitions, publications, and programs that connect visitors to masterworks of American art.
3501 Camp Bowie Boulevard, Fort Worth, TX 76107-2695
- Dallas Museum of Art – The Dallas Museum of Art was founded in 1903 and has been in its present location in the Arts District since 1984. The Dallas Museum of Art is both a responsible steward of cultural heritage and a trusted advocate for the essential place of art in the lives of people locally and around the globe.
1717 North Harwood Street, Dallas, TX 75201
- Kimbell Art Museum – The Kimbell Art Foundation, which owns and operates the Museum, was established in 1936 by Kay and Velma Kimbell, together with Kay’s sister and her husband, Dr. and Mrs. Coleman Carter. Early on, the Foundation collected mostly British and French portraits of the 18th and 19th centuries.
3333 Camp Bowie Boulevard, Fort Worth, TX 76107
- Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth – The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth is dedicated to collecting, presenting, and interpreting international developments in post–World War II art in all media and creating a welcoming environment for its public appreciation.
3200 Darnell Street, Fort Worth, TX 76107
- University of Arkansas Department of Art – Under direction of our accomplished faculty, the University of Arkansas Department of Art, located in Fayetteville, AR, offers professional art degrees in many media areas, including Visual Design/Graphic Design, Photography, Art History, Art Education, Ceramics, Sculpture, Painting and Printmaking.
University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, AR, 72701
Fort Smith, AR
- Fort Smith Regional Art Museum – The Fort Smith Regional Art Museum features nationally and internationally recognized traveling exhibits. Its mission is to foster art appreciation in the community through diverse exhibitions, educational programming, dynamic events, and cultural partnerships.
PO Box 1257, Fort Smith, AR 72902
Kansas City, MO
- Crossroads – Welcome to Kansas City’s eclectic enclave of boutique shops, one-of-a-kind restaurants, creative businesses, studios and art galleries. Let the sidewalks be your guide. And go where things take you.
Located at approximately 19th Street and Baltimore Avenue, directly south of the downtown loop and north of Crown Center.
- Hammerpress – We are Hammerpress and we are located in Kansas City, Missouri. We make all sorts of really nice letterpress greeting cards, posters, art prints and other paper goods.
110 Southwest Boulevard, Kansas City, MO 64108
- Kansas City Art Institute – Welcome to the Kansas City Art Institute, a four-year, independent, fully accredited college of art and design offering the bachelor of fine arts degree in a variety of disciplines. This great institution has a stellar history, dating back to its origins in 1885.
4415 Warwick Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64111
- Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art – Home to the best in modern and contemporary art.
4420 Warwick Boulevard, Kansas City, MO 64111
- Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art – Art museum known for its neoclassical architecture and extensive collection of Asian art.
4525 Oak Street, Kansas City, MO 64111
- Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art – The Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art is located on the campus of Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kansas (a major suburb of metropolitan Kansas City). JCCC is one of the region’s major providers for the visual and performing arts (Carlsen Center).
Johnson County Community College
12345 College Blvd, Overland Park, KS 66210
Little Rock, AR
- Arkansas Arts Center – The Arkansas Arts Center is an art museum with a children’s theatre and a studio school. Founded in 1960, its mission is to ensure that learning, inspiration and creative expression in the arts flourish throughout Arkansas, for people of all ages and backgrounds.
501 East 9th Street, Little Rock, AR 72202
- UALR Art Department – The Department of Art, accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, offers undergraduate instruction leading to a baccalaureate degree in art (BA in Art) with tracks in art history, studio art, and art education.
2801 S. University Ave, Little Rock, AR 72204
Oklahoma City, OK
- Oklahoma City Museum of Art – Accredited by the American Association of Museums, the Oklahoma City Museum of Art serves over 130,000 visitors annually from all 50 states and over 30 foreign countries and presents exhibitions drawn from throughout the world.
415 Couch Drive, Oklahoma City, OK 73102
- Gilcrease Museum – Tulsa’s Gilcrease Museum is one of the country’s best facilities for the preservation and study of American art and history. Gilcrease Museum houses the world’s largest, most comprehensive collection of art and artifacts of the American West.
1400 Gilcrease Museum Road, Tulsa, OK 74127
- Letterpress of Tulsa – Located in the colorful Blue Dome District of downtown Tulsa on the Historic Route 66, Letterpress of Tulsa is a haven of art, design and fun. The Art Deco Blue Dome is now the hub of Tulsa’s popular downtown nightlife scene and known for its annual art festival featuring local artists.
412 East 2nd Street, Tulsa, OK 74120
- Philbrook Museum of Art – Philbrook strives to be an essential and exceptional participant in the cultural, educational, and economic life of a growing and diverse constituency.This 72-room mansion and surrounding 23 acres of grounds serves as an art center for the city of Tulsa. The vision first made possible by Waite and Genevieve Phillips is now one of America’s finest art museums.
2727 South Rockford Road, Tulsa, OK 74114
- Woody Gutherie Center – the woody guthrie center is dedicated to celebrating Woody’s life and legacy and educating a new generation about his important role in American history.
102 East Brady St., Tulsa, OK 74103
St. Louis, MO
- Arts St Louis – Art Saint Louis is dedicated to enriching lives through the creative activity of our region’s contemporary visual artists. Through exhibition, education, and exchange, we connect and inspire our community, and multiply the economic and cultural vitality of our region.
555 Washington Ave., Ste. 150, St. Louis, MO 63101-1249
- Contemporary Art Museum St Louis – The Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis presents, supports, and celebrates the art of our time. It is the premier museum in St. Louis dedicated to contemporary art.
3750 Washington Boulevard, St Louis, MO 63108
- City Museum St Louis – Housed in the 600,000 square-foot former International Shoe Company, the museum is an eclectic mixture of children’s playground, funhouse, surrealistic pavilion, and architectural marvel made out of unique, found objects.
701 N. 15th St., St Louis, MO 63103
- Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum – The Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, part of the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis, is committed to preserving and developing its art collection and continuing its legacy of collecting significant art of the time.
Washington University in St. Louis
Skinker & Forsyth Boulevards, St. Louis, MO 63130
- Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts – Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Tadao Ando and situated in St. Louis’ Grand Center district, the Pulitzer presents changing exhibitions and engages in a variety of programming initiatives involving the visual, literary, and performing arts.
3716 Washington Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63108
- Saint Louis Art Museum – The Saint Louis Art Museum collects, presents, interprets, and conserves works of art of the highest quality across time and cultures; educates, inspires discovery, and elevates the human spirit; and preserves a legacy of artistic achievement for the people of St. Louis and the world.
One Fine Arts Drive, Forest Park, St. Louis, MO 63110-1380
- Saint Louis University Museum of Art – The St Louis University Museum of Art is a regional venue for scholarly presentation of works of historical art and artifacts and also is a venue for exhibitions of work by students, faculty, staff, alumni, benefactors and friends of the University.
3663 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63108