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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

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.

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 Pranav H

Sep 22, 2020

This course is really good as a beginner level course.

By Vlada S

Jul 27, 2020

A great and well-organized course. Highly recommended!

By Nikesh K

Apr 17, 2020

This was amazing introductory course to Graphic Design

By Areeba A

Mar 8, 2020

It was a pleasure to do an online course with coursera

By Budhaditya C

Nov 14, 2018

Excellent Introduction to the field of Graphics Design

By laura p r g

Oct 7, 2018

Realmente encantada con todo el conocimiento adquirido


Mar 20, 2018

Excellent intro to the fundamentals of Graphic Design.

By Himanshu a

Feb 28, 2017

Amazing course to get hands on idea on graphic design.

By Nicola V

Nov 13, 2016

Amazing Course, well organised and excellent teachers!

By Joel A

Sep 8, 2016

This course is superb! Thank you for offering it here.

By Terry F

Jan 17, 2016

Great intro course....Could you consider more courses?

By Andres J M

Dec 2, 2020

Excellent decision to star with Graphic Design career

By Nnete J S

Sep 2, 2020

Best course for people who are new to Graphic Design.

By Nupur

Jul 20, 2020

Very well explained and crafted educational material.

By Maureen S

Jul 11, 2020

Very usefull basic concepts of design, I'm gratefull.

By Giovanna G

Jul 3, 2020

Very nice, this course helped me a lot, i'm thankful.

By Andrea S A

Jun 14, 2020

The assignments are fun and useful to learn by making

By Aastha S

Jun 9, 2020

Well explained and have many interactive assignments.

By Dr. B G

May 28, 2020

A real treat. Was a pleasure. Aesthetic and fantastic

By Nasif C

May 14, 2020

A great course to begin understanding graphic design!

By Tanvi S G

May 12, 2020

Awesome .. I enjoyed learning with coursera thanks 😊

By Sadiq A D

May 2, 2020

Had an excellent time learning a lot of new concepts.

By Vishal A

Apr 25, 2020

The course was fruitful. Learned a lot of new things.

By Akshat S

Apr 23, 2020

One of the best course to start your design journey!!

By Davida R

May 28, 2019

concise but I have the essential for beginner like me