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About the Course

Graphic Design is all around us! Words and pictures—the building blocks of graphic design—are the elements that carry the majority of the content in both the digital world and the printed world. As graphic design becomes more visible and prevalent in our lives, graphic design as a practice becomes more important in our culture. Through visual examples, this course will teach you the fundamental principles of graphic design: imagemaking, typography, composition, working with color and shape... foundational skills that are common in all areas of graphic design practice. I don't just want you to watch a video of someone talking about design, I want you to MAKE design! If you want to be a designer you have to be a maker and a communicator, so this course will offer you lots of opportunities to get your hands dirty with exercises and with more practical projects. At the end of this course you will have learned how to explore and investigate visual representation through a range of image-making techniques; understand basic principles of working with shape, color and pattern; been exposed to the language and skills of typography; and understand and have applied the principles of composition and visual contrast. If you complete the course, along with its optional (but highly recommended) briefs, you will have a core set of graphic design skills that you can apply to your own projects, or to more deeply investigate a specialized area of graphic design. To succeed in this course you will need access to a computer. You can complete this course without one but it will be tougher. Access to, and a beginner's level knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite programs, such as Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign will help you, especially if you want to complete the optional briefs....

Top reviews

Apr 17, 2016

very good introductory course. i enjoyed the assignments, they are not overwhelming, easy to start, and the optional ones offer great opportunity to dig little deeper into graphic design fundamentals.

May 9, 2018

An ok course for beginners. A bit too basic for someone who has already had experience in design, but is great anyway cause it breaks things back down to the simplest parts to help you remember roots.

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By Guy G

Jan 27, 2016

Nice class. Quite inspiring at times.

By Maitri N S

May 19, 2020

Very nice course for online learner

By Mihnavets L

Sep 24, 2019

It was helpful, but a bit boring :)

By 艾美姝

Jun 24, 2019

Good introduction to graphic design

By 黃潔如

Oct 18, 2016

Very basic but important knowledge.


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Jul 6, 2020

great learning with new experience

By Atique A A

Nov 16, 2019

also, some add software knowledge.


Dec 24, 2020

It is a good course for beginners

By Bhavana K P k

Jul 23, 2020

if suggested tools would be great


Oct 14, 2020

it was very good coursera course

By Nishant J

Jul 20, 2020

Nice learning and happy learning

By Sarthak G

May 31, 2020

Sums up the basics very clearly!

By Hamza S

Jan 30, 2020

it will really help me in future

By patrick

Apr 12, 2018

very helpfull and instructive...


Aug 26, 2020

Overall it was very informative

By aliaa

Feb 25, 2017

excellent course but very basic

By G G

Oct 5, 2016

Good explanation and very basic

By Gaurav B

May 10, 2020

Great Course for Fundamentals.

By Deleted A

Aug 23, 2017

Excellent. Loved every second!

By Nagaraja G

Oct 1, 2020

very use full on this course

By kareena s

Jul 2, 2017

Informative and well taught.

By Gaurav S P

Nov 18, 2020

It's really helpful for me.

By Omnya A M

Aug 9, 2017

it is very good for beginer

By Narmada k

Sep 21, 2020

Great Course for begginers