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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 21, 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


Apr 18, 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 Juan B M M

May 30, 2020

Amazing course!

By María C V B

May 16, 2020

exelente curso!

By ammarah a

Apr 29, 2020

good experience

By Nguyen H D

Jan 09, 2020

Very insightful

By Manuel A R S

Feb 11, 2019

Very practical.

By Reham A A

Nov 04, 2018

creative course

By Nina P

Dec 03, 2017

Great content !

By Andrey A

Jan 04, 2017

Creative course

By Nina S

Aug 11, 2016

Excelent course

By Serjey G I

Feb 19, 2016

Awesome course!

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Jan 30, 2016

Amazing course!


Sep 30, 2020

NYC experience

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By Siddharth S

Jul 20, 2020

great sessions

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Jun 25, 2020

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By chise

Feb 09, 2020

amazing course

By Ahmed O

Nov 10, 2019

helpful course

By Amira H

Jun 25, 2019

very excellent

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By Alexandra

Mar 10, 2019

Amazing course

By Marwa K S

Feb 03, 2019

I'm very happy

By Jaelynne B

Nov 29, 2018

Very pleasant.