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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

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 Novikova A

May 22, 2020

Great class with extremely useful information!

By Avinash B

May 14, 2020

it is simple and full of content for beginners

By harshavardhan p

May 13, 2020

Good to explore my knowledge in a better way .


May 3, 2020

Best course for computer science students. ; )

By Pooja D J

Apr 30, 2020

It is amazing experience to learn this course.

By Veronica P N

Mar 19, 2019

Very interesting and useful! I really enjoyed!

By Rum V

Feb 3, 2018

It's so much practise here! I like it so much!

By Hsu, J

Apr 14, 2017

Good course. I can use these skills on my job.

By Pedro L L

Sep 14, 2016

INCREDIBLE. I really learned from this course!

By Casey D

Mar 13, 2016

I learned so much from this course. Thank you!

By Guido M R

Jan 6, 2016

Great course and great teacher!!!! Compliments


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By Queenie M

Jan 25, 2021

Amazing and worthwhile. Learned a few tricks!

By Iljana F

Dec 19, 2020

I learned so much from this course.Thank you!

By Yomen S

Nov 7, 2020

it is great i really got a real benefit of it

By Aishwarya.R

Nov 3, 2020

Was really fun to learn about Graphic Designs

By Jahanzab A K

Oct 8, 2020

I feel so honored to learn from this teacher.

By K B

Sep 14, 2020

Excellent experience with this online course.

By Raissa M d S

Aug 26, 2020

It's an amazing course and I really enjoy it!

By Diana N V

Jul 17, 2020

Aprendí mucho con las clases. Muchas gracias!

By Lorena A J

Jul 6, 2020

It's one of the best I have taken! Thank you!

By Rakshiha R

Jun 16, 2020

It was very interesting course for beginners.

By Shaila S

May 26, 2020

This course is absolutely good for beginners.

By Sheryl H

May 15, 2020

It was an enlightening experience! Thank you!