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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.

Aug 20, 2018

Very interesting, I liked the format. Easy to follow, nice excercises. It's actually good to cover the basics of design, even if you are not an absolute beginner, and especially if you are self taught

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By Fatema-Tuz-Zohra

Oct 8, 2020

It was an amazing course

By Abdul Q

Aug 23, 2020

its all perfect and good

By Bruno C B M

Sep 20, 2017

Very Good for beginners!

By Daniel P

Jan 8, 2016

Hey, that's pretty good.

By Shalmoli M

Jun 12, 2020

had a great experience

By Sija G D

May 22, 2020

Good experience it was

By Shimaa G A

Mar 12, 2019

It is so useful course


Sep 1, 2021

Course is good enough

By Kamal A

Jul 31, 2020

perfect for begginers

By Arun J

Jun 12, 2020

Easy and Informative!

By Sejal

Aug 15, 2020

good for a beginning

By Kazi I A

Jul 18, 2020

it was good to learn

By Anas A

Dec 12, 2019

Very helpfull course

By Rolando R

Feb 19, 2021

Muy recomendable...

By Kartik U

Apr 14, 2020

Good for beginners.

By Zifan Z

Dec 22, 2018

Good course overall

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Nov 5, 2017


By Lindy Z

Apr 30, 2017

Very useful classes

By Cristina L

Feb 11, 2016

Great intro course!

By assyifa f

Feb 24, 2021

i ike it very much

By Ryou M S

Dec 16, 2018

Good for beginner!

By Joy S

Aug 20, 2018

really interesting


Dec 26, 2015

Good for beginner


Oct 15, 2020

Excellent course

By Sukirth

Jul 27, 2020

very informative