BSc User Experience Design
Meet your Librarian – Kirsten Pairpoint
Kirsten Pairpoint is the Subject Librarian responsible for Design for Publishing, Graphic Communication, Graphic Design and Illustration, as well as Research Degrees. She studied Graphic Information Design at the University of Westminster and worked at the National Art Library at the Victoria and Albert Museum where she curated the Annual Illustration Awards.
How Can I Help You?
You can book one to one tutorials with me to help you with your research or referencing, please contact me via email or you can drop into the library office (DS103) to have a chat!
I work Wednesday mornings and all day Thursday and Friday.
As a team, we also provide research and referencing drop in sessions to assist you in the run up to written work hand-ins, keep an eye on Instagram (@norwichuni_library) for times and dates.
Try these virtual shelves which link you to ready-made collections of e-books on specific subjects.
Useful E-Book Collections for BSc User Experience Design:
Useful Sources of Information
The below lists have been provided by your course leaders and include sources you may find useful when studying for your units.
These sources are all available via the Library and are suggested to help you with your research for each unit. Don’t forget, you can find a lot more than is listed here by searching the Library online.
- Reading Lists
As well as printed materials, the Library also has a wide selection of online resources to help you with your research.
Useful Online Resources for BSc User Experience Design:
Access to over 21,000 technical e-books and videos to assist with IT and programming needs. Other areas include art and design with publishers like Laurence King included and books about well being too. Aimed specifically at Higher Education users with a interface that allows for personalising and comes with an app which is free to download.
Short videos on how to access and use O’Reilly are available on the VLE.
You can download an O’Reilly app to enable you to save material. Information on how to download the app is available.
Statista offers over 1.5 million statistics from over 18,000 sources, available immediately in easy to use graphs you can use in your own reports and presentations. Statista includes market data, industry reports, forecasts, opinion polls and infographics.
A video guide to using Statista is available on the VLE.
Box of Broadcasts
BoB is an up to date television streaming service available to all students and staff. BoB allows you to view recently aired programmes from over 65 channels and there is a searchable archive of 2 million broadcasts. You can also record programmes aired in the last 30 days which will be stored on the service permanently, meaning you can watch them again and again. Best of all, you do not need a TV license to use this service.
This service is not available outside of the UK. You will need to register with BoB when you first try and access it.
Video resources to support accessing and using BoB are available on the VLE.
Stream new, cult and classic films – instant access to exceptional movies hand-picked for you by people with a passion for cinema.
To create a new account follow the link and sign up using your university email address.
Step by step guidance to create an account can be found here.
JSTOR: Arts and Sciences III
JSTOR is a hosting service which archives journals from across all disciplines. We have access to the Arts and Sciences III collection in full text which contains a large number of titles relating to Art, Architecture and Art History. For all other journals you find in JSTOR you will only be able to read the abstract, but if you want the full text you can request it using the Item Request form.
Journals and magazines cannot be taken out on loan, but you are welcome to browse the latest issues and back copies held on the first floor of the Library.
Journals and magazines are a valuable source of visual and written material to help you in your research. It’s a good idea to get to know the titles related to your course because:
- They are up to date.
- Often the material in them covers contemporary activity and news.
- Young animators and designers will be covered in journals long before they are covered by books.
Below you will find a small selection of magazines and journals related to your course.
To see all of your course publications, use the link at the bottom of this list.
Selected BSc User Experience Design publications:
Founded in 1959, Communication Arts is a source of inspiration for graphic designers, art directors, design firms, corporate design departments, advertising agencies, interactive designers, illustrators and photographers—everyone involved in visual communication.
An essential read for graphic designers, illustrators or creative professionals looking to develop their skill set and career. Offers insightful guides, inspiration, industry advice and creative software skills.
The magazine focuses on commercial creativity, covering design, advertising, photography, branding, digital products, film and gaming. The magazine is published bimonthly in print and also has an online magazine and a podcast.
Online full text available up until 10/01/2016.
Eye : The International Review of Graphic Design
A quarterly printed magazine about graphic design and visual culture.
Adbusters describes itself as “a global network of artists, activists, writers, pranksters, students, educators and entrepreneurs who want to advance the new social activist movement of the information age. This is their advertising-free, activist magazine.
For the BA3a unit you are required to produce a Research Report.
The Research Report gives you the chance to explore an area of interest to you and your practice. It should build on the ideas you laid out in the Research Report Proposal you handed in as part of the BA2b unit.
The guidelines for all courses are available on the intranet: Research Report Guidelines
You can see examples of high quality research reports from previous years’ NUA students via the link below.
Past Research Reports