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About the Course

In this course, critique is defined as a detailed, objective analysis of a work of graphic design and its effectiveness. Critique is an integral part of the making process for designers: it’s not just how we determine if a work of design is or is not successful, it’s how we move our work forward. Critique is also where other voices and opinions can be brought into the design process. This course will introduce a lexicon (or vocabulary) in order for you to demonstrate clearer and more considered ways of talking about graphic design in the context of critique. Through this lexicon and a provided Critique Framework, we will model and then practice objectively describing how well a work of design functions based on specific, clearly articulated criteria. By refining this skill, you will enhance your ability to communicate about design with peers, colleagues, and clients. This course is essential to anyone looking to develop and refine a critical vocabulary around talking about art and design, such as: - practicing graphic designers at all levels - future and current students of art or design programs - teachers teaching visual art, design, or related subjects - any stakeholder in a design project that needs to communicate effectively with designers on their team. This course is recommended to learners enrolled in either the Graphic Design Specialization or UI/UX Design Specialization on Coursera to further develop their skills in graphic design. You may take this course before, during, or after completing either Specialization. Note this is not an art appreciation course for a general audience. While no prior experience is required to begin, the knowledge and skills taught in this course is useful only if you have some relationship to design in a professional context, i.e., practicing, studying, or teaching design, or working directly with designers. No specific software or tools are required to complete this course....

Top reviews

May 6, 2020

A very thorough journey toward the very core of visual communication. It gives you the vocabulary and criteria to embark on an effective and objective design critique.

Aug 25, 2020

Besides trying to find some form and meaning in a design of art, the course also teaches to make meaningful connections when you form and express your own thoughts.

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By Redvers F C

Aug 20, 2020

A great course. But, I can't reset my deadlines for some reason and that means I am disappointed

By Andrea B

May 15, 2020

This course helped me understand the complexity of design and how to give an objective feedback.


Aug 26, 2020

great course and true explorative course. an exodus to the world of form and meaning in design

By Amanda E

Jun 30, 2020

learned about poster composition and it has inspired me to use this information in the future!

By Siddharth M

Apr 22, 2020

Very well designed course regarding the lexicons and vocabulary used in the design industry.

By Elga L N d C

Sep 8, 2020

Great to understand about visual hierarchy and to develop skills to critique visual works.

By Elis H

Jun 5, 2020

I loved the course, very clear, objective and content with great practical references.

By Luiza A

Feb 11, 2021

Excelente curso, indico a todos interessados em Design Gráfico e Linguagens visuais.

By Simona J T

Jun 26, 2020

Great course with very useful vocabulary. I loved the examples from actual Designs.

By Katherine S

Apr 27, 2020

A very smooth and clear course that is making you think instead of just memorizing.

By sunny w

Jun 22, 2020

Really usefull course. I really like way of teaching and course stuff. Thank you.

By Salman K B

May 25, 2020

I learned a lot through this MOOC. A very nice course and strongly recommended.

By Ray M S

May 21, 2020

I love it because we learn how to read the design as non-verbal communication.

By Andrés M

Apr 29, 2020

Very good content and clarity. Excellent for anyone who is in graphic design.

By Trupti B

Apr 7, 2020

Crisp and clear course for improving on vocabulary and design critique style.

By Shivali M M

Mar 28, 2020

very useful in developing my lexicons and understanding how to review a work.

By Reem M

Sep 9, 2020

Interesting how design critique is met in the dynamics of visual composition

By Kaiquan M

Jun 21, 2020

Really interesting course on how to interpret, understand and critique arts!

By Jessica M T

Jul 28, 2020

I enjoyed taking the course and feel that I learned a lot. Thank you!I

By Blake M

Apr 6, 2020

Very informative lecture. All the supporting material was top notch.


Dec 11, 2020

This design course is amazing and it's explanation is pretty good.

By Jadhav K

Jun 10, 2020

i loved this course and it is very effective for design background

By Maral Y

Apr 9, 2020

Great Course! comprehensive and interesting with original insight.

By Claudia I R L

Jul 22, 2020

Me gustó muchísimo, realmente aprendes sobre diseño, excelente.

By Arines O M

May 24, 2020

I really liked it. It was very interactive and keeps you awake.