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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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Sep 5, 2021

I had a lot of fun in this course. I learnt some extra bits of information related to graphic design and I think it's a great start for beginners as well as good practice for intermediate and experts!


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 Cristina L F

Mar 10, 2016

Good course to learn more about graphic design and some aspects. Thanks

By Oli

Jan 17, 2016

Fantastic. Amazing quality of teaching, must be one of the top courses.

By Roman P

Jan 16, 2016

I encourage this course because it has many exiting features and tasks.

By Igor M

Jan 2, 2016

Great way to learn the fundamentals of graphic design through practice.

By Simón M W I

Aug 31, 2022

It´s an exelent course, the teacher is very clear, congratulations !!!

By Komal G

Feb 25, 2022

it was fun learning . thank you coursera for this amzing opportunity.

By Abdelali B

Nov 23, 2021

it was a very good course i am looking for complite all the rest of it

By Indriana O

Sep 21, 2021

I learn more and it's give me so many new basic knowledge about design

By Tunde A

Dec 6, 2020

This course has really helped me to focus more on graphic designs now.

By Muhammad H K

Nov 8, 2020

this course is very helpful to increase my knowledge and also my skill

By Егорова Л А

Sep 9, 2020

it was useful for me. i learned a lot and now understand design better

By Ebenezer R

Aug 15, 2020

The course was really useful. It opened an another dimension of my eye


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By Noor U A

Jul 8, 2020

A very Nice and interacting course for the beginners. Nicely Explained

By Nguyen D M

Apr 7, 2020

Perfect! The course opens so many ways for thinking of Graphic design.

By Mayra P V

Feb 25, 2020

The class was very helpful and a great introduction to Graphic Design.

By Ruth J

Jun 10, 2018

Amazing instructor with very well but simply articulated fundamentals.

By Kenneth S G

Feb 14, 2016

This course covers a great variety of important subjects in a fast way

By Диана С

Mar 31, 2022

a great course for those who are starting their way in graphic design

By Tanja

Nov 30, 2021

Great. I reminded myself a lot and learned something new. All praise.

By Banzzai

Feb 1, 2021

Gave new and in my opinion the right look to Graphic Designю. Thanks!

By Daniyal H K

Sep 9, 2020

Excellent course for people wanting an introduction to Graphic design

By Aliyah W

Aug 27, 2020

it's a great course to learn about basic of graphic design, thankyouu

By Wasef M

Aug 27, 2020

great course, thank you coursera, calarts and mr. michael worthington


Aug 23, 2020

excellent course. my thanks and greetings for CALARTS and coursera.