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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


Aug 21, 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


May 10, 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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Jul 09, 2017

Good course learn a lot.

By muhammad i

Nov 16, 2016

good course for beginner

By Shao-Jo L

Feb 23, 2016

A well-organized course.

By Sara C

Dec 27, 2015

quick, precise, complete

By Syed M M B

May 14, 2020

Explained wonderfully !

By M.Somanath

Apr 03, 2020

we learn so many things

By Carolina A G

Jan 16, 2020

Excelent for begginers.

By mohammed a a

Dec 07, 2017

Outstanding experience!

By Mufizul I

Jan 29, 2017

Thanks for the lessons!

By Cristal S

Sep 26, 2016

Fun, brief introduction

By Rony S

May 25, 2016

Wow what a course it is

By Gustavo P

Mar 10, 2016

Great course and tutor.

By Yandra P L d O

Jan 08, 2016

Simple and effective!!!


Dec 07, 2019

I like graphic design.

By Potocska F ( Z

Jul 04, 2019

It could use an update

By Ahmed F e

Sep 29, 2018

this course very good

By Barbara

Apr 09, 2017

Very helpful. Amazing.

By Adrián S P

Feb 08, 2016

Very inspiring course.

By M T S

Apr 16, 2020

Very Very ..... Great

By Vitor H B d S

Dec 10, 2019

Simplesmente Incrível

By mahmoud n

Oct 01, 2018

i really learned alot

By Aram K

Dec 18, 2017

Very good and useful.

By 胡乐昕

May 07, 2017

纯理科生,学这门课程 也是想开拓自己的思维

By Elena L

Apr 24, 2017

Excellent! Thank you.