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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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Sep 5, 2021

I had a lot of fun in this course. I learnt some extra bits of information related to graphic design and I think it's a great start for beginners as well as good practice for intermediate and experts!


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 Omaporn P

May 10, 2019

Very nice thank you

By Kendy T

May 1, 2018

brief and helpful:)

By baobao

Apr 30, 2017

Great!It's amazing!

By Claveau

Feb 1, 2017

Very good lessons !

By Ursula V d G

Jan 24, 2017

Excellent course !!

By shivangi r

Nov 23, 2016

It's awesome course

By Levente S

Aug 22, 2016

amazingly practical

By Gagan G

Dec 18, 2015

Excellent stuff !!!

By Rahul K G

Jan 5, 2023

Wonderful course😘


Nov 11, 2022

very useful course


Feb 21, 2022

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Jan 19, 2022

amazing experience


Jan 7, 2022

i like this course

By Ikram R

Nov 6, 2021

Very good course.

By Shankar B

Sep 15, 2021

thank you Coursera

By Arti J

Jul 17, 2021

Thank you COURSERA

By Marianne B

May 31, 2021

Enjoyable course!!

By sky j

Feb 21, 2021

Great fundamentals

By Gabrielle H

Feb 1, 2021

Excellent course !

By Danielle M

Sep 28, 2020

Fun and enjoyable!

By Soumya S P

Jun 7, 2020

very good teaching

By Leonora P

Apr 10, 2020

Excellent course!!

By Mahmoud K H K

Apr 6, 2020

thank you coursera

By Arijit B

Apr 3, 2020

Short but succinct

By Bekah N

Apr 13, 2019

very satisfactory!