These are some of my favorite reference-related resources for graphic designers, marketers, and other creatives.
Check back occasionally, the list is always being added to and updated. And when you have some time, try clicking through link-by-link—there are some real treasures here—some that might not jump out at you at first blush—people, products, tools, organizations, and so on, that will help you dig deeper into an area of interest. In addition to Reference, there are six other lists: Illustration, Marketing/PR, Photography, Print Design, Typography, and Web Design.
Most of the links are resources I use personally and/or discuss in posts here on ideabook.com (no one pays for links except for the obvious ads). Want to suggest a relevant link or a change? Use “Thoughts?” at the bottom of the page. If you find the list useful, I hope you’ll point others to it.
For those who don’t recognize a library card catalog, the illustration shows the old-school method of locating reference materials.