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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

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.

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 Magda A

Jan 31, 2019

one of the greatest courses i ever attendant

By Fatima H S E I S

Sep 16, 2018

I learned a lot of skills. it is very useful

By Penny

Sep 14, 2018

I thoroughly enjoyed this course, thank you!

By Alina M P

Apr 25, 2018

Fresh and motivating. I enjoyed it very much

By Chriz P P

Nov 13, 2017

A good kickstart to learn graphic designing.

By Delphine G

Mar 3, 2016

Great course! High quality. Good peer review

By Shu S

Feb 7, 2016

I like design much ,this course will be nice

By 苏 拉

Dec 18, 2015

Very practical course, making complex simple

By Mustafa M

Dec 20, 2020

great, clear, simple and effective learning

By Cédric M

Oct 8, 2020

Nice bases to start learning graphic design

By Mariyammathul A

Aug 18, 2020

Most useful course for beginners...thank uh

By Diana C V S

Aug 16, 2020

Very good, informative, simple and complete

By Nathanich C

Aug 5, 2020

Clear explanation! Very easy to understand!

By Steffy J S

Jul 20, 2020

you guys are simply amazing. gained so much

By Maryvincent W S P

Jun 16, 2020

Quite intensive for an introductory course.


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By Chris

Apr 28, 2020

Engaging video content and fun assignments.

By Aya B A E A

Mar 13, 2020

Very useful course and I really enjoy it .

By Hyunra L

Mar 3, 2019

very Great! I learned a lot from the course

By Shehryar S

May 9, 2018

Prof is really nice and very knowledgeable!

By Anne W

Jun 25, 2016

A fantastic introduction to Graphic Design!

By artem

Feb 21, 2016

I like the exercises

they are very useful!

By Paige T

Apr 9, 2021

I enjoyed learning from Coursera online.

By Roxana S

Mar 10, 2021

Great course, really informative and clear

By Hewawasam K C S

Aug 25, 2020

Actually very useful and important course.