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About the Course

Designing for an organization, while requiring technical skill, is not just about knowing how to use a pagination program such as InDesign or manipulate photos using Photoshop. A designer is a visual storyteller, a person who pairs words with images and typography to best convey information to an audience. Good design evokes emotion and presents the news of the day with clarity and the proper tone. A business card, brochure, or website that has good design provides content that is more inviting, more easily comprehensible and is faster to process. Design isn’t about “making it look pretty,” it’s also about content, layout and audience analysis....

Top reviews


Aug 21, 2020

Thank you for making such a good online course. Designing is my hobby, I didn't know what's behind the good, simple and eye-catchy designs, but I know some of the basic principles know. Thanks.


Oct 18, 2020

It is really full of knowledge that they shared and lots of articles that contain relevant topics that help me to add my knowledge and wisdom about design. Thank you DOST! Thank you, Coursera!

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By Diana P

Jul 7, 2021

I have learned SO much from this course already. The quizzes could be a little longer and harder - I like a challenge! I would have liked to get more feedback on my project, but I've enjoyed this so far!

By Francis A

Oct 22, 2020

The course is short, but I had learned a lot in designing. Knowing the basics of designing makes it much more easier to do than before. Thank you!

By Gulshan K

Oct 12, 2022

It's a good start to knowing what graphic design is all about, this course offers good understanding of basic level on graphic design.

By Gaibul

Feb 3, 2021

Love all the principles that were taught. However, it should be a little more rigorous.


Apr 9, 2021

Very helpful course . mentor instructed well . All basics are cleared

By Deleted A

Aug 19, 2020

Interesting and good overall, but perhaps a bit too simple/easy.

By Saqlain A

Sep 25, 2020

Great course for the basic understanding of graphic designing

By Hafiz M T

Dec 22, 2020

A good introductory course. Thank you Madam Lori Poole.

By Pawan k

Aug 20, 2020

fantastic tutorials easily to understandable,


Dec 1, 2022

kinda boring but overall and A Tier class

By Thais X G

Sep 22, 2020

Introduction to Graphic Design. It is OK!

By Sara A

May 20, 2020

Good content, best instructor.

By Melissa P

Apr 8, 2020

Enjoyed this course!


Aug 29, 2020


By Ruhma f

Apr 27, 2020

very helpful to me!

By Alaa O

Oct 7, 2021

easy and short

By Sudeepti P

Aug 27, 2019

Good course!

By Victoria A

Aug 9, 2022


By Sarah L

Dec 19, 2022

Feels lacking in content. It could be twice as long and the only course only took a few hours.

By Kashish O

Nov 27, 2022

I have completed my course still it is shown incomplete why

By Pelit M

Jan 11, 2023

Okay course, some nice ideas, but not very detailed.

By Nandan P

Nov 30, 2020

This course is suited well for middle school students because of the extreme simple concepts, lack of nuanced detail, or unique real life examples. It seem that the interesting parts of a real graphic design course were stripped away and the bare bones, 101 of graphic design was left behind (e.g. color, spacing, alignment), concepts you learn when making a power point in high school. Would recommend skipping and going pursuing a real course.

By Rebecca P

Apr 24, 2021

Terrible instructor. She's only reading text and stammers along the way. It's too bad because the content actually is interesting but I can't get past the way she narrates.

By Francesca L

Nov 9, 2022

The instructor isn’t very engaging and doesn’t

speak in a pleasant manner.

By Maria Y

Aug 31, 2021

Super basic. No explanation of the tools. It is expected you'll learn tools (Creative Cloud) on your own, which is difficult and time consuming if you are new to the topic.