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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.


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!

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By Muhammad W Y

Aug 27, 2021

excellent course

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Jul 14, 2021

excellent course

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May 15, 2021

Very, very good!

By Paola F

Apr 16, 2021

Amazing teacher!

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Jan 4, 2021

Awesome teacher!

By Carla A

Nov 25, 2020

very interesting

By Pijar S F

Oct 25, 2020

very good course

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Sep 21, 2020

excellent course


Sep 18, 2020

Excellent course

By Muhamamd H R

Sep 14, 2020

Very informative


Sep 10, 2020

AMazing course!!

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Sep 3, 2020

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Aug 18, 2020

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Aug 17, 2020

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Jul 10, 2020

Good experience.

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Jun 23, 2020

Excellent course

By Md S I

Jun 18, 2020

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By Federico N

May 20, 2020

very good course


May 17, 2020

soooooooo goood.

By Matthieu D

Jan 25, 2020

I learned a lot.

By Haidar h

Apr 1, 2019

thanks very much

By Medhat H M M

Jan 14, 2019

Very nice course

By Holly K

Oct 23, 2017

learned so much!

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Oct 22, 2017

perfect nice