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BISAC Subject Headings List, Design

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If you need more information on how to select a BISAC code go to our, we have a page that walks you through the process. If you can't find the code you're looking for please go back and review other Major Subjects to find an alternate code or use our Suggestion Form to suggest revisions to the next version of the list.

Step 2: Determine the specific term which describes your book. An asterisk (*) denotes a heading that is new for the 2018 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 / 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


DESIGN / Interior Decorating see ARCHITECTURE / Interior Design /


 General or HOUSE & HOME / Decorating & Furnishings *


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

Please note that the BISAC Subject Headings List is governed by the following copyright notice. © 2018, Book Industry Study Group, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of the attached documents may be distributed or reproduced in any manner whatsoever without the express permission of the Book Industry Study Group, Inc.



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