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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 Ricardo G

Jan 24, 2016

Great course! Amazing teachers and good content!

By Sarahana N

May 22, 2021

Its challenging and suits a beginner just well.

By David U S

Nov 2, 2020

Excelente ayuda con las bases de Diseño Grafico

By Zhanna A

Sep 2, 2020

Thank You!! Grate course and really interesting

By Rachel H S

Jul 4, 2020

Wonderful , Inspiring, and highly professional.

By Juan E A

Jun 4, 2020

very intuitive, well explained, easy to follow.

By ismail b

May 27, 2020

really I like this course because very amazing,

By Asmahan A Z

Feb 16, 2020

useful, helpfull and amazing coursera

loved it

By Amir S

Jan 23, 2020

it was an interesting and amazing experience...

By Diana A

Apr 11, 2019

Great instructor, cannot wait for the next one.

By Abhinav G

Jun 4, 2018

Good start for the newbies in Graphic Designing

By Intan G

Feb 8, 2016

Very great lecture, interesting tasks/projects.

By Shitalkumar K

Jan 28, 2016

Awesome course with lots of learning and fun!!!

By Ahmed M m

Apr 17, 2021

thanks, Mr/Michel

the course is exciting


By Andre A S

Mar 16, 2021

I should have done this course along time ago.

By Valeria A

Mar 12, 2021

Liked the course; loved Michael Worthington :)

By Lonene K

Dec 27, 2020

Loved the course, very engaging and insightful

By Raúl D G P

Nov 20, 2020

Un excelente curso para los amantes del diseño

By palak c

Sep 12, 2020

Hands on learning Experience...!! thanks a lot

By Marcia d S R

Aug 24, 2020

It was amazing. Thank you for the opportunity.

By Taslim A

Aug 23, 2020

Great fundamental course for Graphic Designing

By Oscar A L L

Aug 12, 2020

Fue emocionante, ya tengo bases para continuar


Jul 19, 2020

Es increible, me ayudo a comprender el diseño.

By 宇 朱

Jul 7, 2020

Learnt many basic graphic rules, very helpful.

By muhtasim I K

Jun 5, 2020

good course.It helps me to improve my thinking