In most visual culture assignments, you will be expected to include illustrations.
To do this you need to remember four things:
Name of artist, Title of artwork, date. [medium and size (if known)] Collection where the work is held, details of secondary authors such as photographers where available (Source, author, year, page number).
Fig1: Phillip Lim, Dress, 2007 [synthetic, machine stitched] V&A.
Fig. 1: Phillip Lim, Dress, 2007. [Synthetic fabric, machine stitched] V & A...........................Page 2
Fig. 2: Richard Rogers, Lloyds Building, 1 Lime St., London, 1986. Photographed by Welch, A. (‘Lloyds of London Building’, 2008) .........Page 4
Fig 3: Alvar Aalto, Model No. 41 Paimo chair, 1931-2 (Coles, 2005), p.51.........................Page 5
An examination of Lim's dress (see fig.1) shows exaggerated motifs...
Lim, P. (2007) Dress. V & A. Available at: http://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O1156555/dress-lim-phillip/ (Accessed 20 August 2018)
As good designers, it is important to find quality images to use in your work, whether it is an assessed assignment or practice-based research for your studio projects. Where you can, it is sometimes best to use primary sources. A primary source is an actual garment, design or artefact you are viewing yourself in a museum, gallery, shop or archive. You are looking at the physical object, and recording it in some way yourself - by photography, video, drawing, description in words. It is a direct interaction between you and the object.
A secondary source is one where you are looking at someone else's response to an object, it may be in a book, a magazine, journal article, video, website.
The difference between using a primary or secondary source could be summed up by thinking about an exhibition at the V&A. If you visited and looked at a dress on display, took your own photographs and wrote about your responses to the garment, you would be using it as a primary source. If you looked at the exhibition catalogue and read what the author had written about the dress, you are using a secondary source.