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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 Denise M

Feb 27, 2021

Obrigada por todo conhecimento, sou imensamente grata!!

By Haseeba A

Jan 1, 2021

A basic and very beneficial course of graphic designing

By berkcan p

Oct 25, 2020

If you are a beginner, you must try this awesome course

By Princess H

Sep 23, 2020

i had a amazing time to learn from coursera ..thank you

By Syeda L B

Sep 21, 2020

Got to learn a lot. This course will help me in future.

By mbye m

Sep 8, 2020

Great course, I have learned many things in the course.

By Helen

Sep 1, 2020

really help me to understand more about graphic design!

By Sergio E C N

Aug 2, 2020

Excelente curso, muy emocionado de poder aprender tanto

By Andrea E V

Jul 22, 2020

Condensed and thorough. Great course with a great host.


Jul 20, 2020

love it when it has little do to with software learning

By Alluri B B K V

Jul 11, 2020

great course for beginners interested in graphic design

By Joel J P

Jul 11, 2020

very good course and of course the teaching was awesome

By Raksha V

Jun 29, 2020



Jun 18, 2020

very easy to complete plus peer review is also awesome!

By Giovanna C

Jun 1, 2020

Very well explained, quite informative, just brilliant!

By Syed Z

Jun 18, 2019

Great course. Taught me the basics in an excellent way.

By 廖雪妮

Oct 15, 2017

It's a good course that I can learn a lot about design.

By Kirsten Z

Sep 1, 2017

I loved this course! Very informative and very helpful!

By Jane

Feb 9, 2016

I love this course! It is fundemental and interesting .

By Marisol V

Dec 24, 2015

Keep on doing these kind of courses! Thank you so much!

By Deleted A

Dec 15, 2015

Un bon rappel des bases, merci encore.

By Stacie M B

Feb 1, 2021

Loved the challenge that I conquered in this course!!!

By Gregori M

Nov 23, 2020

Great beginners course for upcoming graphic designers.

By Darwuin J C M

Oct 30, 2020

realmente es un curso completo sobre el diseño gráfico

By Pranav H

Sep 22, 2020

This course is really good as a beginner level course.