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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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Sep 2, 2021

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.

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.

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By Herve R

Apr 16, 2021

Well structured learning path. Videos are straight to the point.

By Naing W K

Sep 30, 2020

This course make me more creative and I really love this course.

By rameesha a

Sep 4, 2020

This is amazing. I am thankful to you for such an amazing course

By Joy M

Aug 20, 2020

Very easy to understand and pass all the required assignments :)

By Kunal P

Jul 15, 2020

It is a great course for to start your journey of Graphic Design

By Zhang L

Jul 5, 2020

The most valuable point of the course is to encourage practices.

By Jade A A

Jun 26, 2020

Muy bueno para aprender acerca de los básicos del diseño gráfico

By Peter R G

May 23, 2020

An excellent option to kick start your career in graphic design.

By Pingale S M

May 17, 2020

Excellent course 👍👍 so many new things, new design I learnt...

By Oleksandra S

Jun 14, 2019

I ganed lot's of new knowledge and challenges during this course


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By Juan P R R

Apr 12, 2018

Awesome course, I learnt the graphic design fundamentals indeed.

By Emma J

Oct 4, 2017

Excellent course to learn the fundamentals. Highly recommend it.

By Dirk J

Mar 11, 2017

Good stuff. I've got out of it what I've expected and some more.

By Laura B D R

Nov 29, 2016

it really inspired to create things with different physic tools

By Zoey Z

Nov 16, 2016

They are very basic knowledge, but very useful and illuminating.

By Deleted A

Apr 10, 2016

One of the best graphic design courses I have taken, I loved it.

By Cai Z

Jan 31, 2016

Recommend this course to everyone who is interested in this area

By Rebecca L

Jul 19, 2021

Very well taught and easy to understand. Also very interesting.

By John K M

Jun 18, 2021

The course is on point and easy to understand. I learned a lot.

By rasika d

Sep 29, 2020

Well explained and detailed teaching. I loved doing this course

By Marilorena B

Jul 19, 2020

Learned a lot from the course and the instructor. Thanks a lot.

By Abhishek

Sep 1, 2019

It's a great course if you're about to start graphic designing.

By harshita r

Mar 31, 2019

The way of teaching is very creative and easily understandable.

By Olena G

Feb 28, 2018

Really enjoyed the course! So good and necessary for beginners!