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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


Jul 13, 2020

Excellent course to learn and refresh about fundamentals of design....It applies to all spheres of MULTIMEDIA..Highly recommended... As a suggestion course and notes should be available in PDF format.

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By Chen Y J E

Jan 28, 2021

Interesting Assignments that reinforce what we learn in the lessons

By Peace

Jan 13, 2021

Absolutely amazing course structuring, tutoring and overall content

By Antonia C C B

Sep 20, 2020

in my opinion, it was an amazing course that I could learn so much.

By Karly D

Aug 26, 2020

Liked the peer review and opportunities to practice what was taught

By Shama D G

Aug 6, 2020

A very nice course , helped in learning the basic of graphic design

By Md F A B

Jul 21, 2020

It was a great experience and the first step towards Graphic Design

By Tazmim F S

Jul 7, 2020

Acquired a lot of knowledge through this course. Thanks to coursera


Jul 5, 2020

I loved this course, it help me to understand more about designing.

By Prajwal P

Jun 21, 2020

This course is amazing , the way instructor teach us is excellent .

By Zully V R M

Jun 6, 2020

Such a wonderfull experience. Used an easy language for beginnerss.

By Anu P

Apr 29, 2020

Everything is from basic and topics are explained very effectively.

By Lisa D B

Jul 17, 2019

Excellent overview of the fundamental principles of graphic design.

By Michael T

Jun 11, 2019

Great insights and Info on Graphic Design. I learned a lot. Thanks!

By Наталія П

Nov 13, 2016

Thanks for this course. It helps me to learn graphic design as well

By Oluwatobi A

Oct 26, 2016

Very fundamental. Nice introduction to the field of graphic design.

By Byron Q

Mar 29, 2016

I'm new in Graphic Design and this course was a great introduction.

By Deleted A

Feb 25, 2016

A very complete course with many applied exercises. I recommend it.

By Federico A

Apr 14, 2022

T​he course is very helpful if you aren't any knowledge of graphic

By JP v

Dec 15, 2021

N​ice beginner friendly, I hope there are more example assignments

By Amit J

Sep 20, 2021

Impressive, helpful and educational, i have improved significantly

By Lisa G

Jan 5, 2021

Great fundamentals course with good material to get your feet wet.

By Emjy F Y

Oct 25, 2020

It taught me basic knowledge and skills to apply in graphic design

By Rajdip B

Oct 15, 2020

Great bunch of courses for skill development in graphic designing.

By Laura M

Oct 5, 2020

Very interesting and involving, the best one I have joined so far!

By H o o r H a n i f

Sep 17, 2020

As being a beginner, I learned a lot thanks to my amazing teacher.