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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

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 Rodrigo C M

Nov 25, 2019

Very concise and holistic approach to Graphic Design

By Kirit S

Mar 15, 2019

Very good course to get started with Graphic Design.

By benjamin g

Feb 22, 2019

Great way to learn fundamentals and practice skills.

By Marcos T

Jan 21, 2019

Fantastic. First day and learned so much. Thank you.

By juliet

Feb 27, 2018

thank you for this course. I enjoy everything on it.

By Rebecca C K

Nov 11, 2016

very informative and yes, one learns a lot of theory

By Jaspal S R

May 29, 2016

Great course! recommend everyone who likes to design

By Marianna S

Dec 16, 2015

Really helpfull to start working on graphic design!!

By Jaycee T

May 5, 2021

I have learned a lot, I'm grateful for this course.

By Zemran D

Nov 23, 2020

Amazing lectures, Amazing exercise, Amazing skill !


Aug 2, 2020

Easy to catch and feels amazing to know the basics.

By Elizabeth S

Aug 2, 2020

A lot of helpful tips in this course. I enjoyed it.

By Filip R

Jul 25, 2020

Great and very creative, Taught me a lot! Thank you

By Doanh D P

Jul 18, 2020

interesting tasks, and easy to understand materials

By Haifa A

May 31, 2020

Love the instructor's way of explaining everything!

By Talisa N D

May 9, 2020

I learnt a lot of new things, and had a lot of fun.

By Kira S

Dec 15, 2019

This course was very interesting and useful for me.


Nov 11, 2018

Very Informative, with interesting and useful tasks

By Mariana S C

Sep 6, 2018

Escelente introducción al diseño gráfico, gracias!!

By Joyce A R

Mar 31, 2017

The best foundation for a graphic designing course.

By Melissa S

Mar 29, 2016

This course was well designed and very informative.

By Niranjan P

Feb 22, 2016

Very Interesting. The Illustrations make it better.

By Surabhi P N

Jan 28, 2016

Amazing course. Learnt so much. And still learning.

By Magda A

Mar 9, 2021

Very useful course in terms of basics and concepts

By Sarah A

Dec 21, 2020

Great overview of key components of Graphic Design