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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 20, 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


Jul 13, 2020

Excellent course to learn and refresh about fundamentals of design....It applies to all spheres of MULTIMEDIA..Highly recommended... As a suggestion course and notes should be available in PDF format.

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By Carla C d L B

Dec 26, 2020

I think it's a fantastic course, even for those who don't know nothing about design.

By Santiago O S

Aug 19, 2020

Excelente metodología de enseñanza, gran síntesis de fundamentos para diseño gráfico

By Christina M

Aug 12, 2020

I found this course to be enjoyable. I also have brushed up on my skills. Thank you!

By Aisha F A

Jul 29, 2020

this course It was very useful I enjoyed and learned a lot. Thanks to the teachers.

By Camilo_Rojas_25

Jun 22, 2020

I learned a lot of things, its my first course and I will keep learning in coursera!

By Komal S

Jun 20, 2020

I absolutely loved the course, I learnt so much, and the hands-on part was the best!

By Dylan V

Apr 24, 2020

Was very helpful and has really changed my perspective of his I view my surroundings

By Tsvetelina M

Apr 7, 2020

Absolutely loved it. If you are interested in graphic design... this is your course!

By Cesar L S G

Dec 26, 2017

Very visual!! Me encantó la manera en que los profesores transmiten su conocimiento.

By Justina S

Jul 24, 2017

Great course for beginners, it is great for making first steps into this profession.

By Laura P

Mar 24, 2016

Great course, the peer-review assignments are the key to the success of this course.

By Thiago T

Mar 15, 2016

Awesome course!

It has been a really good and well organised! I am greatly improving!

By Fernando J K P

Mar 2, 2016

Good content, it explains with so much clear and simplycity! Really love the course!

By Sonia C

Feb 8, 2016

Excellent course. Thoughtful introductions and good briefs. Enjoyed and learned lots

By Muhammad A

Dec 3, 2021

Wow, an amazing platform to learn. Really enjyed learning this course from Coursera

By Carlos R

May 13, 2021

This course begins gives you the overall picture of fundamentals of graphic design.

By Chrisa A

Apr 5, 2021

Amazing course! It covers the basics but also lets you be creative in so many ways.

By Monika R

Feb 28, 2021

Um curso incrível, com muita prática e aulas excelentes! Eu amei e faria de novo :)

By Abdulrahman F B

Feb 21, 2021

an amazing start point for people with an interest in graphics and creative making.

By Selin J

Sep 28, 2020

It was a really wonderful experience. Could learn many techniques and implement it.

By Omkar T

Jul 19, 2020

It was a fun course and looking forward to finishing the rest of the specialization

By Maria S

Jun 25, 2020

My first course and I can't wait for the next ones. Recommend for the beginners! :)

By Harsh T

May 6, 2020

best fundamental course to clear your basic doubts and to start with graphic design

By meghan s

Apr 20, 2020

very intersting course - a lot of fun to study - i wish it was a bit more in depth.

By Taghred A

Apr 16, 2020

This course is very useful for those who do not have a background in graphic design