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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!


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 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 Hương N

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

By vanessa v

Aug 29, 2020

really loved it! felt like a learn a lot, thank you a lot!!!!!

By Memoona a

Aug 21, 2020

The teacher was awesome and teach in a very detailed easy way.

By Herminia M

Aug 21, 2020

Un curso excelente para iniciar con los conceptos en el diseño

By Jes S

Apr 29, 2020

Really easy course! A good gateway course into graphic design

By Pranjal G

Mar 19, 2020

A great course to get you started with basic of graphic design

By Suvra D

Jan 6, 2020

It's just been I week I am into Coursera , and I am loving it.

By Autumn

Dec 23, 2018

Great course for complete beginners. Lots of hands on projects

By siham

Aug 8, 2018

Very interesting introduction to help you start graphic design

By Caspar A

Dec 23, 2016

An excellent introduction to the principles of graphic design.

By Aravind A Y

Dec 17, 2016

Very good introduction to graphic design. Highly recommended.

By Діана Р Т

Apr 12, 2022

It was great! I will definetely rewatch all the vidios later)

By Lital B

Feb 18, 2022



By Mariyam N

Dec 12, 2021

I learned a lot. This course has improved my designing skills

By Andie S

Aug 23, 2021

I felt I got a good general grasp of graphic design concepts.

By Anna B

Apr 18, 2021

Very informative, and hands on. I really enjoyed this course.