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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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May 18, 2022

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 Ferr�n M

Jun 15, 2021

i​ learn a lot about composition a good and solid ground to start designing

By 林資鎧

Jun 1, 2021

I really learned a lot of basic concepts of graphic design from the course.

By Grecia R H

Apr 8, 2021

Ahora tengo una idea más clara de lo que es el Diseño Gráfico, y me encanta

By Shahmeer A S

Feb 15, 2021

Amazing and exciting course with wonderful tasks and the concepts are clear

By Yinuo X

Dec 27, 2020

It has been a very valuable lesson learned through interactive lesson plan.

By Muhammad H R

Dec 17, 2020

This course indeed helped me in recognizing my skills in graphic designing.

By Siya B

Aug 18, 2020


By Abhigyan D

Aug 3, 2020

learnt the very basics. and got a broader sense about it. much more to come

By Maryam A

May 1, 2020

They guide you step by step with instructions that are very easy to follow!

By Sandeep M

Jun 11, 2019

Much gratitude for this course!. I am not very artsy still I learned a lot.

By Elsa P

Nov 25, 2017

This is a great introductory course on the foundamentals in Graphic Design.

By Muhammad A B

Oct 9, 2016

I have very useful feedback from the peer grade assessment from this course

By Max M

Mar 16, 2016

Professor Worthington was awesome and I learned so much. Thank you so much.


Feb 25, 2016

Excellent course.. I love fundamental of graphic design. Highly recommended

By Aileen v d B

Sep 15, 2021

very nice, if you struggle to understand stuff, this will not be the case.

By Klara L

Jun 10, 2021

Great course, motivating and teching important basics in grathic design :)

By Juan L

Mar 12, 2021

A great course. I learned a lot and, more importantly, I had a lot of fun!

By Md. A A

Feb 25, 2021

Really great helpful. All videos are very nice. Highly recommended. Thanks


Dec 1, 2020

I develop more interest after doing this course. It has all basic concept.

By Satanay v

Jul 24, 2020

It has many great information and was also easy at the same time valuable.

By Mohan S

May 23, 2020

had a great time and gained a knowledge that helps me in my thought making

By Maram B

Apr 6, 2020

I liked this course this much it taught me new things about graphic design

By Peter S

Apr 1, 2020

It's a must for someone who wants to learn a little bit more about design.

By Moza E

May 9, 2019

I found this course enjoyable and easy to follow. very useful information.

By Christine M

Oct 10, 2018

Great first look at graphic design -- just what it says: the fundamentals!