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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 2019 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. © 2019, 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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