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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 21, 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 10, 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 Arijit B

Apr 04, 2020

Short but succinct

By Paula R C R

Apr 13, 2019

very satisfactory!

By Senith M F

Apr 12, 2019

all the Knowledge!

By M G

Mar 05, 2019

So practical fo me

By Omnia M H R

Apr 14, 2018

excellent content

By Javier S S

Feb 26, 2017

excelente curso!!!

By Denisse S T

Jan 29, 2017

I learned so much!

By Joanna I B

Aug 11, 2016

Fantastics course!

By Akash S

Jun 14, 2016

Amazing course !!!

By 宗梁

Dec 13, 2015

Easy to understand

By Ujjwal

Nov 02, 2015

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By Victória S S

May 17, 2020

Excellent course!

By Rupa J

May 08, 2020

Thank you so much

By Mir

May 07, 2020

great experience.

By Md T R

May 05, 2020

Best Course Ever.

By Wahari M

Aug 29, 2019

Realmente genial.

By Mehrdad k

Jun 24, 2019

it is informative

By Natalia B

Apr 04, 2019

Excellent course!

By Julie S

Mar 08, 2019

Excellent course.

By Menna S

Jan 02, 2019

needs more quizes

By Charles I W

Dec 09, 2018

Very proffesional

By Ren Y

Aug 23, 2018

Excellent course!

By Anastasia T

Jul 31, 2017

Love that course!

By Ayesha B

May 05, 2017

Concrete. Simple.

By Alexandra K

Mar 29, 2017

Best course ever)