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BISAC Subject Headings List, Design
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Step 2: Determine the specific term which describes your book. An asterisk (*) denotes a heading that is new for the 2015 Edition.


Use subjects in this section for works on general principles of design that can be applied to various disciplines (such as art, architecture, crafts, and technology) and for works on design in a field, or of an object, that is not usually considered a fine art (e.g., "DESIGN / Graphic Arts / Advertising" or “DESIGN / Furniture").

Use "DESIGN / Interior Decorating" for works that discuss the arrangement of objects within an interior space and use subjects beginning with "ARCHITECTURE / Interior Design" for works that discuss the architectural design of an interior space.

Use "DESIGN / Textile & Costume" for works about fabrics and costume and use "DESIGN / Fashion & Accessories" for works about style and clothing.

DES000000 DESIGN / General

DES001000 DESIGN / Book

DES002000 DESIGN / Clip Art

DES003000 DESIGN / Decorative Arts

DES004000 DESIGN / Essays

DES005000 DESIGN / Fashion & Accessories

DESIGN / Feng Shui see BODY, MIND & SPIRIT / Feng Shui

DES006000 DESIGN / Furniture

DES007000 DESIGN / Graphic Arts / General

DES007010 DESIGN / Graphic Arts / Advertising

DES007020 DESIGN / Graphic Arts / Branding & Logo Design

DES007030 DESIGN / Graphic Arts / Commercial & Corporate

DES007040 DESIGN / Graphic Arts / Illustration

DES007050 DESIGN / Graphic Arts / Typography

DES008000 DESIGN / History & Criticism

DES009000 DESIGN / Industrial

DES010000 DESIGN / Interior Decorating

DES014000 DESIGN / Jewelry *

DES011000 DESIGN / Product

DES012000 DESIGN / Reference

DES013000 DESIGN / Textile & Costume


If your title does not have subject content, i.e. a blank book, please use the Non-Classifiable term below. Otherwise, use the Subject/General term in the closest descriptive area. NON000000 NON-CLASSIFIABLE

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