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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 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


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 Karla M L

Feb 13, 2019

I liked the course, I've enjoyed doing it as well. Instructors was great, Thank you!

By Mina T

Sep 3, 2018

Honestly got me waaaaaay more interested in Graphic Design! I'm so happy I could cry!

By zara z

Dec 25, 2016

This course was very helpful to build up the basic experience. I decided to continue.

By Janelle B

Dec 13, 2015

Excellent overview of the basics for non-designers looking for some design knowledge.

By najmeh k

Oct 7, 2022

It was a great course that was able to improve my understanding Visualization helps

By Eric V

Jun 30, 2021

Amazing course, love how clearly all parts of the course all. really recommend it :D

By Asad A A

Feb 1, 2021

it has been nice course and I learned many things of Graphic design, so what is next

By Carla C d L B

Dec 26, 2020

I think it's a fantastic course, even for those who don't know nothing about design.

By Santiago O S

Aug 19, 2020

Excelente metodología de enseñanza, gran síntesis de fundamentos para diseño gráfico

By Christina M

Aug 12, 2020

I found this course to be enjoyable. I also have brushed up on my skills. Thank you!

By Aisha F A

Jul 29, 2020

this course It was very useful I enjoyed and learned a lot. Thanks to the teachers.

By Camilo_Rojas_25

Jun 22, 2020

I learned a lot of things, its my first course and I will keep learning in coursera!

By Komal S

Jun 20, 2020

I absolutely loved the course, I learnt so much, and the hands-on part was the best!

By Dylan V

Apr 24, 2020

Was very helpful and has really changed my perspective of his I view my surroundings

By Tsvetelina M

Apr 7, 2020

Absolutely loved it. If you are interested in graphic design... this is your course!

By Cesar L S G

Dec 26, 2017

Very visual!! Me encantó la manera en que los profesores transmiten su conocimiento.

By Justina S

Jul 24, 2017

Great course for beginners, it is great for making first steps into this profession.

By Laura P

Mar 24, 2016

Great course, the peer-review assignments are the key to the success of this course.

By Thiago T

Mar 15, 2016

Awesome course!

It has been a really good and well organised! I am greatly improving!

By Fernando J K P

Mar 2, 2016

Good content, it explains with so much clear and simplycity! Really love the course!

By Sonia C

Feb 8, 2016

Excellent course. Thoughtful introductions and good briefs. Enjoyed and learned lots

By Fiorella M

Jan 3, 2023

Excelente curso, explicado detenidamente y asignaciones prácticas e interesantes ^^

By Muhammad A

Dec 3, 2021

Wow, an amazing platform to learn. Really enjyed learning this course from Coursera

By Carlos R

May 13, 2021

This course begins gives you the overall picture of fundamentals of graphic design.

By Chrisa A

Apr 5, 2021

Amazing course! It covers the basics but also lets you be creative in so many ways.