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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....

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May 19, 2022

It was well structured and every video, quiz and peer review helped the concepts and teachings really sink in. With that being said, I'm definitely going to take the course again and again and again


Jul 5, 2020

Short course that gives a good introduction to analyzing design elements. This will give you the framework and vocabulary to clearly convey points in your analysis,

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By Gokul S

Jun 24, 2021

Learned to critique design works constructively

By claudia c

May 6, 2020

good way of learning and interesting course!

By Renz M R

Jul 1, 2020

Very Helpful Course. Good Job! Thank you.


Jan 7, 2021

I've learned a lot! Thank you very much

By Lydia

Jul 9, 2020

Love this course! Highly recommended!

By Su T M

Jun 20, 2021

Excellent and very effective course

By Ayisha L

Apr 29, 2020

Great! Enjoyed all the assignments!

By Wint K K M

Oct 2, 2020

I love to learn about this course!

By Tharaka D W

Jun 15, 2020

This is very useful course for me.

By Roshan B

Aug 2, 2021

Truely easy and i enjoyed it....

By Olimpia P

Jul 30, 2020

Very very good and useful for me

By I G D P

May 20, 2020

this course is really educated

By Roudia S C

Feb 8, 2022

I really love it. Thank you

By piyush b

Jun 22, 2020

It was interesting learning

By Rajeswari J

May 31, 2021

Very good and informative!

By Mr G D

Apr 18, 2020

Thanks for the opportunity

By Emmanuel F N

May 6, 2021

Learnt a whole new lot!!

By Lucia Q

Jun 21, 2022

I​t was a great course.

By Winston A W

May 8, 2020

Excellent, thank you.

By Phatcharaphan T

May 2, 2020

i love this course

By Mayurakshi C

Sep 20, 2020

Brilliant course.

By sameh m

Jul 19, 2020

Excellent course

By Oscar F

Nov 17, 2020

Really enjoyed.


Apr 26, 2020

Really helpful


Aug 15, 2020

Excellent !!!