Media Resources for Design
Librarian: Karen DeWitt
The Design Library has an extensive collection of media items as well as equipment you can use. More equipment and excellent help is available afrom the College of Design's Computing department, or the Learning Commons in D. H. Hill Library. This page is a general guide to what we have and links to finding it in the Libraries' catalog. As a general rule, all media items (DVDs, CDs, etc.) circulate for 1 week. If you have questions, please email me, or ask the Design Library staff.
We have a growing collection of movies, especially animation. You can watch the movies in the Design Library
(we have a DVD player and VCR, as well as two televisions) or you can check them out
and take them home to watch.
The main library and the other branch libraries also have movie and video collections as well; some you may be able to check out, and others you may
have to watch at the main library.
The Design Library also has a growing collection of games for PS3, Xbox 360, and Wii. We have game consoles and controllers you can use
in the library, along with wireless headsets. You can also check out games and take them home and use them on your consoles.
The Learning Commons in the main library also has an extensive collection of games. You have to use their games there, however, you
can't take them out of the library.
We have a number of tutorial DVDs from various companies that you can use to learn more about specific programs.
We have tutorials from Gnomon Workshop, Digital Tutors, Adobe Press, etc. The best way to search for tutorials is to search for the
title of the program you are interested in. You may get books with dvds in your results as well, but they should also be useful.
You can certainly also search by publisher if you are interested in a particular publisher's tutorials.
Here are a few sample searches:
We have a number of DVDs with 2D and 3D digital objects, backgrounds, and textures that you can import into your
work, whether it's games, animations, or renderings. Most of these are published by Dosch, and searching for the publisher is the
easiest way to find them:
The Design Library also has a number of sound effects libraries. These CDs have various sound files you can use in an animation
or game. If you're looking for a particular sound, you may want to do a search for
that sound (ie. "auto" or "explosions") and "sound effects." You can also come to the Design Library and browse the cds.
Here is a listing including most of the sound effects libraries:
We have several series of books that include patterns or images you can use in graphic design projects.
The most useful ones come from two series- one published by Agile Rabbit, and other published by BNN. These
books include both the images on paper, and also a CD with digital versions of the images. Copyright information
is included in every book.
We have a large flatscreen TV, connected to a DVD player, and you can also connect the PS3, Xbox, and Wii game consoles to this TV.
We have a small TV with a built-in VCR, and you can watch vhs tapes on this machine. We have both wired and wireless headsets
so you won't disturb other people in the library.
D.H. Hill Library has an extensive collection of equipment you can borrow. The IT Lab in Brooks Hall in the College of Design
also has a great deal of equipment you can borrow. Both places will have people who can help you with the equipment.
The Digital Media Lab in D.H. Hill library has equipment for creating and working with material in all types of digital formats. There is
also a Usability Lab which can be used to evaluate interface design.
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