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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

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.

Sep 5, 2021

I had a lot of fun in this course. I learnt some extra bits of information related to graphic design and I think it's a great start for beginners as well as good practice for intermediate and experts!

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By Herminia M

Aug 21, 2020

Un curso excelente para iniciar con los conceptos en el diseño

By Jes S

Apr 29, 2020

Really easy course! A good gateway course into graphic design

By Pranjal G

Mar 19, 2020

A great course to get you started with basic of graphic design

By Suvra D

Jan 6, 2020

It's just been I week I am into Coursera , and I am loving it.

By Autumn

Dec 23, 2018

Great course for complete beginners. Lots of hands on projects

By siham

Aug 8, 2018

Very interesting introduction to help you start graphic design

By Caspar A

Dec 23, 2016

An excellent introduction to the principles of graphic design.

By Aravind A Y

Dec 17, 2016

Very good introduction to graphic design. Highly recommended.

By Andie S

Aug 23, 2021

I felt I got a good general grasp of graphic design concepts.

By Anna B

Apr 18, 2021

Very informative, and hands on. I really enjoyed this course.

By Mohammad Z

Feb 14, 2021

This course helped me a lot to begin learning graphic design.

By Deleted A

Dec 20, 2020

I learn much more from this course, Thank you for this course

By Anais J C C

Nov 29, 2020

Incredible content, with very neat creative lessons and tips.

By Helen A

Aug 15, 2020

excellent tuition. Wish the quality of peer review was better

By Gargi D B

Aug 9, 2020

Very informative and fun course. Enjoyed learning the basics.

By Adrienne N O D P

Aug 6, 2020

I am a newbie designer so all terms and concepts are helpful!

By Golam W K

May 3, 2020

Thanks a lot for the awesome course! Lots of learning for me.

By Ksusha

Feb 12, 2019

Good course, everything is clear and intelligible!Thanks you!

By Mariel G L

Feb 1, 2019

I discovered new ways of creating design through this course!

By Sudarshan P

Feb 27, 2017

Excellent Course. Lot of learnings. Well illustrated as well.

By Barbara Z

Dec 31, 2015

Fantastic Course! You will find something for you - for sure!

By tea f

Dec 11, 2020

Great fundamental knowledge, really interesting and usefull.

By Leslie Y Z R

Oct 21, 2020

Emocionada de haber culminado este curso! Aprendí muchísimo!


Oct 4, 2020

This is the best Graphic design starter pack for all people.


Aug 10, 2020

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