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Design History: Getting Started

Guide by Karyn Hinkle

Welcome to Our Design History Guide

Frank Gehry - Wiggle Side Chair

Frank Gehry
Wiggle Side Chair, 1972
Vitra Design Museum

Design: 1972
Production: 1972
Manufacturer: Easy Edges, Inc., New York
Size: 85 x 42.5 x 60; seat height 45.5 cms
Material: corrugated cardboard, fiberboard,
round timber

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Need research help or want to discuss a project? Contact the Art Library any time, or stop by in person any time we are open. We look forward to working with you!

You can also use this guide to help you find many resources Northwestern's Art Library has to offer. Located on the third floor of the historic Charles Deering Library, the Art Library features two public reading rooms and research space for faculty and graduate students in Art History.

Maps and Directions

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Choosing Keywords

Getting started on your research? This video will show you how to come up with keywords based on your research topic.


Best Bets! Online Library Resources for Design History




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Design History Reference Sources

Another good place to start familiarizing yourself with a design history topic are online reference sources.

Our subscription resource mentioned above are excellent general reference sources, and here are a few others to get you started. These can all be found online for free:

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