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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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May 18, 2022

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.


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 Joao G S T

Mar 19, 2020

entendible, me gusta los ejemplos, las tareas que te hacen imaginar, lo recomiendo.

By Emmelie K G

Jan 26, 2020

Great course, where you get all the essentials covered. Really enjoyed this course!

By Rubén D L B

May 15, 2019

I ended up having a clear understanding and management of the graphic design basis.

By Mariia O

Jan 13, 2019

Nice cource, that inspire you to try more and not be afraid to experiment and test.

By Ivan K

Oct 20, 2018

Superb content. It is a must-do course for those who want to grasp graphic design!

By Jen G

Sep 22, 2016

Great intro to graphic design. Covers a lot of concepts in a short period of time.

By Lawrence L

Jan 9, 2016

Awesome course. Well presented by an experienced faculty member. Thanks coursera!

By Ameli C

Jan 2, 2016

Vale a pena fazer este curso! Muito bom!

This is a very good Course! It is worth it!

By Bhaswar S

Apr 20, 2022

This course help me fundamentals and basics about graphic design. Thanks for all .

By Aleksandra W

Nov 27, 2021

Great and professional. The best course nline I ve been ever attending. Thank you!

By Niersies P

Oct 1, 2021

Great course for the beginners and for those who want to reinforce the knowledges.

By Martina S

May 16, 2021

this course is complete and very helpful to understand the basis of graphic design


May 2, 2021

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Dec 27, 2020

Amazing course for who it's beginning in the design adventure. Very glad I did it!

By Camila V

Nov 28, 2020

Thank you! I really liked this course and also I have learned a lot :)) I'm happy.

By Jefferson O M S

Aug 20, 2020

Muy buen curso se aprende mucho, y de una manera muy rapida, entretenida y eficaz.

By Mohammad W M S

Jul 29, 2020

This course is amazing. Learn a lot of basic thing which was unknown to me earlier

By Auneet I

Jul 20, 2020

Absolutely amazing. This course has helped me a lot. Thanks a lot for this course.

By Nada T

Jul 18, 2020

This course is amazing, I have gained a lot of skills, I recommend it for everyone

By Amr A

Jun 4, 2020

really loved the content and would like to go deep into every aspect in the course

By Mohamad T

May 16, 2020

I must thank all the teachers, designers, and staff who contributed to this course

By Mariana L S

May 14, 2020

It is a great opportunity to lear about graphic design. I really enjoy the course.

By Trishala S

Apr 26, 2020

All the basics of graphic design have been efficiently taught through this course.

By Kim S l m

Apr 20, 2020

Really great opportunity. Love to do the course. Thank you Coursera and Cal arts.

By Yulia S

Nov 26, 2018

Great course! Now I start to create and don't affraid to make mistakes. Thank you!