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About Bloomsbury Design Library

From Alvar Aalto to virtual reality design, and from authoritative reference information to innovative scholarly research, the Bloomsbury Design Library provides unrivalled coverage of design and crafts worldwide, from 1500 BCE to the present day.

Including a fast-expanding range of full-text content and images, underpinned by a specially developed taxonomy, the Bloomsbury Design Library is an invaluable resource for students, academics and researchers in Visual Arts and Design.

  • Explore the global history of design and crafts from pre-history to the present day
  • Discover more about influential designers and makers
  • Learn about everything from retro style to contemporary crafts, and from design for sustainability to the workings of the design industry
  • Understand the history of design in its social, political and economic context through an illustrated interactive timeline
The Bloomsbury Design Library is available to institutions by annual subscription. New and updated content will be added twice a year, and institutions can request a 30-day free trial.

What's included?

The Bloomsbury Design Library offers cross-searchable access to a broad and expanding range of encyclopedias, reference works, e-books, images, and more:

  • The landmark, three-volume Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design – including over 1,700 authoritative articles by leading international scholars, this unique encyclopedia provides comprehensive coverage of disciplines, designers, schools, movements and styles, national design histories, and methods and processes
  • The definitive, two-volume World History of Design - written by eminent design historian Victor Margolin, this is an acclaimed and richly illustrated history of global crafts, decorative arts, and graphic and industrial design from prehistoric times to the end of World War II
  • Over 60 eBooks in design and craft studies by leading scholars including Glenn Adamson, Tony Fry, John Heskett, Penny Sparke, Judith Attfield and Nigel Cross
  • Over 100 Designer Pages providing essential details and links to further reading about key figures including Ettore Sottsass, Walter Gropius, William Morris, Jonathan Ive, Victor Papanek, Yoko Kuwasawa, Charles Eames, and Ray Kaiser Eames
  • An interactive timeline provides a richly illustrated overview of global design and crafts history from 1500 BCE to the present day, with contextual information on culture and the arts, society and politics, technology and science, economics and trade, and ideas and philosophies, and click-through links to related content
  • Coming soon: online exclusive articles from The Encyclopedia of Asian Design, lesson plans, bibliographic guides, a searchable image library, and much more.

Download the full title list.