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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 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.

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 Juan P R R

Apr 12, 2018

Awesome course, I learnt the graphic design fundamentals indeed.

By Emma J

Oct 4, 2017

Excellent course to learn the fundamentals. Highly recommend it.

By Dirk J

Mar 11, 2017

Good stuff. I've got out of it what I've expected and some more.

By Laura B D R

Nov 29, 2016

it really inspired to create things with different physic tools

By Zoey Z

Nov 16, 2016

They are very basic knowledge, but very useful and illuminating.

By Deleted A

Apr 10, 2016

One of the best graphic design courses I have taken, I loved it.

By Cai Z

Jan 31, 2016

Recommend this course to everyone who is interested in this area

By Kyle C

Jan 6, 2022

Great intro to graphic design - it was like being in art class!

By Sudiksha Y

Dec 14, 2021

That's interesting to learn fundamental of design in coursera .

By Rebecca L

Jul 19, 2021

Very well taught and easy to understand. Also very interesting.

By John K M

Jun 18, 2021

The course is on point and easy to understand. I learned a lot.

By rasika d

Sep 29, 2020

Well explained and detailed teaching. I loved doing this course

By Marilorena B

Jul 19, 2020

Learned a lot from the course and the instructor. Thanks a lot.

By Abhishek

Sep 1, 2019

It's a great course if you're about to start graphic designing.

By harshita r

Mar 31, 2019

The way of teaching is very creative and easily understandable.

By Olena G

Feb 28, 2018

Really enjoyed the course! So good and necessary for beginners!

By Muhammad R N

Oct 18, 2016

I just starting but the I feel this is gonna be awesome course!

By Natalia

Feb 11, 2016

Extremely helpful course even for experienced graphic designers

By Nguyễn T M H

Dec 5, 2021

essential and basic knowledge for my process of designing ever

By Kavya S

Nov 25, 2021

All Content in these course is teached and explained very well

By Kanwal F

Aug 26, 2021

I am thankful to coursera allowing me to study in this course.

By Shreya S

Jan 12, 2021

It is quite engaging and kept me eager and excited throughout.

By Debaditya D

Dec 26, 2020

This course is very good for having an idea on graphic design.

By Carlos A M L

Dec 12, 2020

great and simple concepts than you so much for the opportunity