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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

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.

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

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By Atika D S

Sep 19, 2020

very good resources and lecturer

By Maria L F J

Sep 15, 2020

I loved it! I'm very thankful (:

By Prakash M

Jul 31, 2020

I'm learned new things with fun.

By Valentina

Jul 14, 2020

Explicaciones claras y completas

By Mahamudul H A

Jul 5, 2020

Very Fun and educational course.

By Lisa D

Jun 26, 2020

excellent step-by-step exercises

By Rebekah F

Jun 16, 2020

Simple, Informative, Affordable.


May 11, 2020

This course is very informative.

By Owen H

Apr 7, 2020

Very good class, I learned a lot

By Adrien M

Jan 22, 2020

A very nice introductive course!

By Oscar E A

Jan 6, 2020

Muy enriquecedor, lo recomiendo.

By Ivan G A

Apr 17, 2018

Great explanation and activities

By Kolya K

Feb 8, 2018

Basic but super strong. Love it!

By Olena B

May 24, 2017

Thanks for this exciting course!

By Ahmed E

Dec 12, 2016

المناهج الدراسية والمعلم المتميز

By Shaoliang

Nov 15, 2016

Concisely convey the essentials.


Sep 14, 2016

Great intro to the fundamentals.

By Muhammad R M

Jun 24, 2016

This is amazing course I love it

By Rachel K

Feb 22, 2016

Very interesting and insightful!

By Ali N

Dec 29, 2015

Excellent course. I recommend it

By Wendy W

Dec 15, 2015

Comprehensive and useful content

By Ankit J

Oct 8, 2020

Really awesome for basic start.

By Abdullah K

Oct 8, 2020

Good. Basics. Nicely structured

By Shusmita P

Sep 13, 2020

i really enjoyed this course <3

By Shabib C

May 20, 2020

Basics of Basics but beneficial