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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!


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 German A P T

Mar 6, 2016

La verdad es un muy buen curso introductorio al diseño grafico, da nostalgia terminarlo

By María F C C

Jun 23, 2022

Me encantó, realmente entendí muy bien todo y lo pude ver desde una mejor perspectiva.

By Rakesh S

Sep 24, 2020

I got a very good insight into how simple yet innovative graphic design is, Thank you.

By Afiya A A

Jun 30, 2020

This is just awesome for the beginer.Because it's contain the basics of graphic design

By Camila A

Jun 27, 2020

Michael is a great instructor, very concise and on point. The exercises were great too


May 16, 2020

Este curso ayudo mucho a mejorar mi creatividad y conocimientos es un curso muy bueno.

By Paola C

Oct 11, 2019

Very interesting, it helped me to discover new skills and improving the existing ones!

By Todd H

Dec 13, 2018

The lessons are easy to follow and packed creative knowledge and helpful tips not B.S!

By SaSha D

Oct 31, 2018

Amazing and unique experience. Clear information with a lot of detail and application.

By siddharth J

Mar 23, 2016

Very useful course. Gives me a different perspective towards image, art & typography .

By khadeja S

Jan 17, 2016

Excellent material for beginners who don't have any experience with Graphic designing.

By Donna K

Feb 9, 2022

Nothing in this course is explained, I learned more watching Youtube than this course

By Anwar S

Nov 5, 2021

I learned a lot of information about graphic design. I am happy with what I know now.

By farah a r

Oct 14, 2021

this is a very great course and easy to understand for beginner about graphic design.

By Solomon N

Nov 16, 2020

Its really informative and easy to understand. A great introduction to graphic design

By Deleted A

Oct 24, 2020

Apreté el botón de inscripción por accidente, pero se ve muy bueno. Lo haré algún día

By Connie K C

Jun 19, 2020

Great combination of listening to information and trying out ideas for peer feedback.

By Muzammil M

Feb 9, 2020

Best course to understand the different kind of writing styles and designing of Logos

By Tom S

Aug 25, 2019

My first Coursera course, but I found it very clear, informative, and easy to follow.

By Karla M L

Feb 13, 2019

I liked the course, I've enjoyed doing it as well. Instructors was great, Thank you!

By Mina T

Sep 3, 2018

Honestly got me waaaaaay more interested in Graphic Design! I'm so happy I could cry!

By zara z

Dec 25, 2016

This course was very helpful to build up the basic experience. I decided to continue.

By Janelle B

Dec 13, 2015

Excellent overview of the basics for non-designers looking for some design knowledge.

By Eric V

Jun 30, 2021

Amazing course, love how clearly all parts of the course all. really recommend it :D

By Asad A

Feb 1, 2021

it has been nice course and I learned many things of Graphic design, so what is next