A great way to learn about the workings of the graphic design profession is to join professional organizations, and take advantage of published articles, books and resources.
One organization to be sure to check out is AIGA, “the professional association for design.” AIGA was founded in 1941 and now boasts more than 20,000 members in 66 chapters nationwide.
Worthy of special mention is the AIGA Design Archives — one of the richest online resources available to those who practice, study and appreciate great design. It represents the quality of work being created, as well as shifting aesthetics and sensibilities of the designers of the day. Included in this resource are more than 20,000 selections from AIGA’s annual juried design competitions dating from 1924 through the present. In addition, it features special collections of major American design firms and practitioners whose design accomplishments might otherwise not be preserved online or made available to the public. (Source: http://www.aiga.org/design-archives-info/)
Visit the wide variety of collections from AIGA to view design concepts ranging from book covers, to communication graphics, to political art, entertainment and much more.