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To access your resources Log in or create your Cambridge GO account Activate your resources by entering the access code found in the front of your print textbook, sealed pocket or supplied via email.

Developed by experienced and knowledgeable teachers who understand what works in the visual communication design classroom, to offer a complete and flexible resource package.

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If you are activating a student text access code provided in the front of the print textbook, a sealed pocket, or supplied via email or by your school, you will have access to the following resources:

  • PDF Textbook
  • Digital Toolkit
  • Timeline
  • Word activites
  • Weblinks

The Teacher Resource Package is available for purchase separately. Resources are accessed through a Cambridge GO teacher account using a unique 16-character access code supplied on purchase. 

The following files are PDFs.

To view a sample chapter, click on the file below in blue.

PDFs updated November 18th, 2014.

Full PDF Textbook

  • Complete textbook [PDF 85.1Mb]

PDF Textbook chapters

  • Preliminary chapters [PDF 1.0Mb]

  • Chapter 1: Drawing as a Means of Communication [PDF 6.7Mb]

  • Chapter 2: Design Elements and Principles [PDF 12.1Mb]

  • Chapter 3: Visual Communication Design in Context [PDF 8.6Mb]

  • Chapter 4: Technical Drawing in Context [PDF 5.1Mb]

  • Chapter 5: Type and Imagery [PDF 7.9Mb]

  • Chapter 6: Applying the Design Process [PDF 11.7Mb]

  • Chapter 7: Analysis and Practice in Context [PDF 6.8Mb]

  • Chapter 8: Design Industry Practice [PDF 9.1Mb]

  • Chapter 9: Developing a Brief and Generating Ideas [PDF 5.4Mb]

  • Chapter 10: Development of Design Concepts [PDF 7.8Mb]

  • Chapter 11: Final Presentations [PDF 7.4Mb]

  • Chapter 12: Evaluation, Explanation, Examination [PDF 1.8Mb]

  • Chapter 13: Glossary [PDF 0.1Mb]

You are entitled to download and store these PDFs. However they may not be transferred to another party, including other students, as electronic or print versions.

To use the enhanced PDF functions, such as note taking, you must download these PDFs to your computer and open them with Adobe Reader 9 or later.

The PDF Textbook is designed for full functionality using the latest version of Adobe Reader. The markup function is available in selected PDF readers for the iPad and other devices using iOS. Check your PDF reader specifications. At the time of publication, Adobe Reader, Good Reader and PDF Expert were viable options.

Note that some PDF file names may comprise the ISBN and chapter number.


You must have Adobe Reader installed to view the PDF files.


    The Digital Toolkit is now available. It comprises editable PDFs and is available for purchase separately.

    The PDFs can be printed in A3 (or A4) size. You may need to change your printer settings to suit.

    To view a sample chapter, click on the file below in blue.


    Digital Toolkit chapters

    The following are PDF files.

    • Preliminary pages

    • Chapter 1 Drawing as a Means of Communication

    • Chapter 2 Design Elements and Principles [9 MB]

      Note: this large file may take a few moments to open.

    • Chapter 3 Visual Communication Design in Context

    • Chapter 4 Technical Drawing in Context

    • Chapter 5 Type and Imagery

    • Chapter 6 Applying the Design Process

    • Chapter 7 Analysis and Practice in Context

    • Chapter 8 Design Industry Practice

    • Chapter 9 Developing a Brief and Generating Ideas

    • Chapter 11 Final Presentations

    • Chapter 10 Development of Design Concepts

    • Chapter 12 Evaluation, Explanation, Examination

    Available to users of the printed textbook or Digital Toolkit.

    Word activities

    • Chapter 1 [1.7mb Zip]

    • Chapter 2 [1.8mb Zip]

    • Chapter 3 [1.1mb Zip]

    • Chapter 4 [1.0mb Zip]

    • Chapter 5 [599kb Zip]

    • Chapter 6 [1.5mb Zip]

    • Chapter 7 [1.2mb Zip]

    • Chapter 8 [1.0mb Zip]

    • Chapter 9 [392Kb Zip]

    • Chapter 10 [386Kb Zip]

    • Chapter 11 [386Kb Zip]

    • Chapter 12 [619Kb Zip]

    These activities are available to users of the printed textbook.

    Photocopying is restricted under law and these activities must not be transferred to another party as an electronic or print version.

      Available to users of the printed textbook or Digital Toolkit.


      Unit 3 & 4 Timeline [218Kb Word doc]

      Available to users of the printed textbook or Digital Toolkit.

      Cambridge University Press has no responsibility for the persistence or accuracy of URLs for external or third-party websites and does not guarantee that any content on such websites is, or will remain, accurate or appropriate.

      Chapter 1

      Industrial Design Sketching

      Chapter 2

      Charley Harper Art Studio
      The International Typographic Style

      Chapter 4

      The Australian Standards
      Philippe Starck

      Chapter 5

      Chapter 6

      Industrial Design Sketching
      Character Design with Copic Markers

      Chapter 7

      Chapter 8

      Fiona Sinclair - Tumblr
      The Jacky Winter Group
      Desktop Mag - Studio profile: Tin & Ed
      The Design Files - Tin & Ed interview
      Life at the Bottom - Tin & Ed interview
      Art of Wa - Tim & Ed interview
      Chaos Generation - Tim & Ed interview

      Chapter 10

      Chapter 11

      Chapter 12

      Chapter 1 of Digital Toolkit

      Chapter 2 of Digital Toolkit

      Chapter 4 of Digital Toolkit

      Chapter 5 of Digital Toolkit

      Chapter 6 of Digital Toolkit

      Chapter 8 of Digital Toolkit

      Desktop magazine

      Please note: The Teacher resource package does not include access to the PDF textbook. Please use the 16 character code in the front of your textbook to access the PDF textbook.

      The complete Teacher Resource Package contains:

      • Activities
      • Chapter review solutions and assessment guidelines
      • End of chapter test and solutions
      • Exam and exam solutions
      • Exam resource booklet
      • Chapter introductions
      • Unit outcomes
      • Teacher board notes


      Chapter 1 Preview pages


      Question 1 of the Teacher Resource package exam & solutions has been updated with images that better represent the question. If you downloaded these files before May 2013 please redownload them from the Teacher Resource Package tab.


      Jacinta Patterson, Joanne Saville