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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.


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

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Sep 17, 2018

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By Victoria A

Aug 14, 2016

Excellent and a lot of fun!

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Jun 19, 2016

Great! Fun and interactive!

By Tetiana

Apr 4, 2016

Very interesting and useful

By Erika K

Jan 12, 2016

interesting and fun course!

By Babatunde B A

Jun 16, 2022

Well explained and taught.

By irina k

Oct 13, 2021

a​mazing class and teacher


Jul 4, 2021

Great course for beginner.

By Miguel P N

May 2, 2021

Great! I've learned a lot.

By Trevor D

Apr 24, 2021

Great skills and knowledge

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Mar 3, 2021

A fun and practical course

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Dec 8, 2020

very fun and learned a lot

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Oct 15, 2020

This course very help full

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Oct 12, 2020

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Oct 11, 2020

I gained lots of knowledge

By Eylül E

Oct 10, 2020

It was really instructive.

By Kanchan S

Oct 4, 2020

So useful

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Aug 14, 2020

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By Guillermo L

Aug 13, 2020

Great course for beginners

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Aug 10, 2020

Really nice for beginners!

By Jonathan T

Jul 26, 2020

Easy to understand topics!

By Abhishek S

Apr 12, 2020

Worth every single second!

By Stephen A

Mar 31, 2020

A great Fundamental Class.

By Gabrielle G

Oct 22, 2019

Loving it! So far so good.