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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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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.


Apr 17, 2016

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.

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By Mara Y M G

May 25, 2020

este curso fue para mi excelente, todo bien explicado y entendible. me encanto

By Shahana B

May 15, 2020

i really loved, i didnt really know that i just want to be a graphic designer.

By Foo Y X Y

May 7, 2020

Everything is clear and I enjoy the process of learning. Thank you once again!

By Emon G

May 7, 2020

I love this course. its help me to gain basic knowledge about Graphic Design .


May 1, 2020

great instructor, good sense of humor, and emphasis on making lots of designs.

By Daniel D

Feb 13, 2016

Realmente um ótimo curso. Eu agradeço a Coursera e Calarts pela oportunidade!!

By Brett K

May 20, 2021

Great information - great design for the course! I'm glad to have taken this!

By Leo A L

Sep 20, 2020

help you a lot in the basic concepts, clear explanations, and fun assignments

By krunal s

Sep 17, 2020

Amazing Course.

This cource has developed an eye of mine towards things I see.

By Zahra T A

Jun 7, 2020

Enjoyed every bit and gave me the interest of pursuing a career in this field


Apr 13, 2020

I'm glad to take this course. The way they taught was amazing and very simple

By Rodrigo M

Jan 10, 2020

Explica de manera simple y sencilla los conceptos básicos del Diseño gráfico.

By Eleni M

Nov 7, 2019

It was a very nice intro at least fro me that I am not relevant to this field

By Mahmoud A a

Oct 26, 2019

This course is full of information that is needed to start as graphics design

By Tudor C G

Jan 31, 2019

I am really pleased with the knowledge I gained after completing this course.

By Chryssel M B

Dec 9, 2017

I am very happy I enrolled in this course. It's insightful and knowledgeable.

By Hector T

Jun 3, 2016

Great course. Instructor was easy to follow along to. Would highly recommend.

By Alyson C

Feb 28, 2016

Great course! Awesome teacher, interesting material, and manageable projects.

By Romina G

Apr 10, 2022

I really enjoyed this course. Its a great introduction to creative thinking.


Mar 24, 2022

The basic of Graphic design is covered with deeper knowledge in this course.

By Jyotsna S K

Nov 24, 2021

Well paced and packed course! Enjoyed it thoroughly and a lot of relearning.

By Muhammad U H

Nov 8, 2021

This course is very Important for basics. I like it. I learned a lot. Thanks

By Biju V

Oct 7, 2021

very good course , every graphic designers should do this for more knowledge

By Angel F

May 10, 2021

Excelente curso, muy agradecido por tener la oportunidad de participar en él

By gulraiz a

Feb 15, 2021

i learned a lot, love the way michael worthington teaches. thankyou so much!