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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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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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Jan 13, 2021

it is good course

By Muhammed F

Dec 24, 2020

Superb experience

By Susana E Q P

Dec 21, 2020

excelente curso !

By Chris J V

Jul 20, 2020

amazingly awesome


Jul 14, 2020

Very Good Course.

By Richa J

Jul 10, 2020

very informative!


Jul 3, 2020

Very Informative.

By Annabel M

Jul 2, 2020

Excellent course.

By Alvaro C H

Jun 10, 2020

¡Excelente curso!

By Arnabi B

Jun 9, 2020

Its really awsome

By Victória S S

May 17, 2020

Excellent course!

By Rupa J

May 8, 2020

Thank you so much

By Mir R

May 7, 2020

great experience.

By Towhid B

May 5, 2020

Best Course Ever.

By Wahari M

Aug 29, 2019

Realmente genial.

By Mehrdad k

Jun 24, 2019

it is informative

By Natalia B

Apr 4, 2019

Excellent course!

By Julie S

Mar 8, 2019

Excellent course.

By menna s

Jan 2, 2019

needs more quizes

By Charles I W

Dec 9, 2018

Very proffesional

By Ren Y

Aug 22, 2018

Excellent course!

By Anastasia T

Jul 31, 2017

Love that course!

By Ayesha B

May 5, 2017

Concrete. Simple.

By Alexandra K

Mar 29, 2017

Best course ever)

By Alena S

Jun 20, 2016

I really love it!