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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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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.


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 Anu M

Mar 29, 2017

Wonderful new in

By George A F

Feb 28, 2017

Challenging one!

By Manash G

Jan 19, 2017

100% recommended

By 黄楚风

Sep 1, 2016

Very inspiring !

By Shubham

Apr 1, 2016

Nice experience.

By Esther U

Mar 27, 2016

best course ever

By Renat K

Oct 23, 2015

awesome i think.

By Coco.Qi

Oct 18, 2015

love this course

By Megha T

May 3, 2022

Great Learning!

By Amna A

Mar 15, 2022

I learned a lot

By Granea D

Feb 26, 2022

W​ell explained

By Mahmoud A

Jan 25, 2022

دورة مفيدة جداً

By Atharv B

Sep 30, 2020

It was amazing.

By Juan P V V

Aug 24, 2020

excelente curso

By Romina T

Jul 23, 2020

Amazing course!

By Juan B M M

May 30, 2020

Amazing course!

By María C V B

May 16, 2020

exelente curso!

By ammarah a

Apr 28, 2020

good experience

By Dung H N

Jan 9, 2020

Very insightful

By Manuel A R S

Feb 11, 2019

Very practical.

By Reham A A

Nov 3, 2018

creative course

By Nina P

Dec 3, 2017

Great content !

By Andrey A

Jan 4, 2017

Creative course

By Nina S

Aug 11, 2016

Excelent course

By Serjey G I

Feb 19, 2016

Awesome course!