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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 Samuel F

Sep 5, 2020

I am not the same man that started the course, graphic design wise


Aug 25, 2020

Excellent Course to kick start the journey as a graphics designer.

By Ashwini V

Jul 11, 2020

Great Course, Great Assignment and Great Teacher. Loved the course

By Olha V

May 9, 2020

An interesting and orderly course on the basics of graphic design!

By Mingtao W

May 15, 2019

Very good intro course with touches of everything we need to know.

By Shahadat A

Mar 12, 2019

Very Amazing course easy to understand Thank you all Coursera team

By Emanuel R

Feb 24, 2019

Excellent course, I learned solid knowledges. Thank you very much.

By Lisania T

Nov 13, 2018

I like that it was dinamic. Videos were great and not bored at all

By finysh

Oct 7, 2016

GOOD!I can learn something about the foundation of Graphic Design.

By sandee

Jun 11, 2016

this course is amazing! very good choice for entry-level designers


Jun 2, 2021

I really enjoy to be a part of this course and learn new things .

By Christa L

Apr 22, 2021

Great information that is easy to follow along to and understand.

By Angelica

Mar 16, 2021

very interesting, this course give a first base to graphic design

By Mikaela B

Feb 15, 2021

Great course, Great teacher, concise, detailed, and very hands-on

By vidhi v

Nov 18, 2020

Course you can definitely go for basic understanding of graphic !

By Ibrahim S J

Sep 24, 2020

this course really gives you the fundamentals of graphics design.

By Massimo V

Aug 13, 2020

Very in depth. It is extremely detailed or a fundamentals course.

By Pratishtha

May 24, 2020

perfect course . takes you in basics which is great to start with

By Karina P

Apr 23, 2020

The professor is so good! Very interesting information to listen!

By Hà T H G

Apr 15, 2020

I like this course so much, highly recommend for beginner like me

By Larie G

Jun 19, 2018

I loved the course. It was great. Looking forward to taking more.

By Adele

Jul 19, 2017


By Christopher G

Feb 28, 2017

Provided a solid and comprehensive introduction to graphic design

By Sarah N

Nov 22, 2016

Excellent course with a really great teacher! Many thanks to you.

By Christian B

Oct 17, 2016

Good start, I am getting hungry for graphic design knowledge :::}