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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....

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Jul 13, 2020

Excellent course to learn and refresh about fundamentals of design....It applies to all spheres of MULTIMEDIA..Highly recommended... As a suggestion course and notes should be available in PDF format.


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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Oct 15, 2020

Excellent course

By Sukirth

Jul 27, 2020

very informative

By israa h h

Oct 31, 2018

It's pretty good

By Britt B C

Jun 11, 2017

Good intro class

By Angel S

Dec 25, 2015

Excellent Course

By Dharnasi S

Nov 30, 2020

NIce and thanks


Apr 26, 2020

A great course.

By Kathryin O

Apr 19, 2016

So far so good!

By Sonar h j

Jun 7, 2020

Excellent work

By Dongre G

May 13, 2020

awesome course

By Ahmed M

Apr 26, 2016

Awesome course

By Angela W

Sep 29, 2020

Great course!


Aug 11, 2020

it was great!

By Mulham Z

Sep 21, 2021

Very Great !

By KitchenJungle b H

Jul 12, 2021

great course

By Xinjuan D

Apr 1, 2019

very useful.

By Abdelmouhaïmen T

Apr 18, 2022

exellent !!

By Yahya G

May 30, 2021

Nice course

By Pedro M B d B

Feb 10, 2021

It was good

By Esha L

Sep 9, 2020

Good course

By A. F M M H B

Aug 31, 2020

Nice course

By Ankit R

Apr 23, 2020

good course

By esmail m

Sep 6, 2019

I like it !

By Sami A A

Jul 31, 2018

I Loved it!

By Fahimation

Jul 5, 2017

Good course