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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 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.

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 Hasan I M

Dec 20, 2019

Interesting and, so much helpful for a beginner like me.


Sep 4, 2019

Eu amei o primeiro curso! Estou ansiosa para os próximos

By Lois B

Jun 18, 2019

Go to the point, easy to understand and very productive.

By Guthrie A

Mar 27, 2019

Very informative and essential for my growth. Thank you!

By Ampol A

Dec 24, 2017

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By Arina K

Jun 20, 2016

Very interesting, very clear. Take it without any doubt.

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By Georgi K

Mar 11, 2016

Very good introduction course with explorational aspect!

By Libor T

Feb 8, 2016

I was satisfied by the content and the pace of learning.

By Rohit C

Nov 22, 2021

I Love this course , great material for graphic design.

By Suvadipta B

Jun 3, 2021

I​ really enjoyed the course...Was quite interesting...

By Aparajita S

Apr 4, 2021

Great for a beginner. Got to learn a bit of everything.

By Adam K

Mar 25, 2021

It was a great course. I can only recommend the course.

By Denise G

Feb 27, 2021

Obrigada por todo conhecimento, sou imensamente grata!!

By Haseeba A

Jan 1, 2021

A basic and very beneficial course of graphic designing

By berkcan p

Oct 25, 2020

If you are a beginner, you must try this awesome course

By Mariam s

Sep 23, 2020

i had a amazing time to learn from coursera ..thank you

By Syeda L B

Sep 21, 2020

Got to learn a lot. This course will help me in future.

By mbye m

Sep 8, 2020

Great course, I have learned many things in the course.


Sep 1, 2020

really help me to understand more about graphic design!

By Sergio E C N

Aug 2, 2020

Excelente curso, muy emocionado de poder aprender tanto

By Andrea E V

Jul 22, 2020

Condensed and thorough. Great course with a great host.


Jul 20, 2020

love it when it has little do to with software learning

By Alluri B B K V

Jul 11, 2020

great course for beginners interested in graphic design

By Joel J P

Jul 11, 2020

very good course and of course the teaching was awesome