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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 Abdul Q

Aug 20, 2022

What an amazing course!


Jul 14, 2021

muy bueno con mucha info

By Soham G

May 21, 2021

amazing, just go for it!

By mukesh k

Mar 16, 2021

i agree that my feedback

By Jatin K

Oct 31, 2020

perfect for the beginner

By Archana G

Sep 18, 2020

Great foundation course!

By Khushbu G

Aug 30, 2020

Informative and creative

By Amira o a e a t

Jul 9, 2020

excellent course reallly

By Pranav P

May 8, 2020

So nicely built content.

By Mahya A

Dec 18, 2019

I just love this course!

By straighttttt

Oct 10, 2019

Great fundamental course

By Ludwig Y

Oct 18, 2017

Pretty good, educational


Jul 9, 2017

Good course learn a lot.

By muhammad i

Nov 16, 2016

good course for beginner

By Shao-Jo L

Feb 22, 2016

A well-organized course.

By Sara C

Dec 27, 2015

quick, precise, complete

By D.R. C

Aug 5, 2022

Great course! Loved it!

By Juventud R

Jun 23, 2022

exelente y muy completo

By Anna C

Jan 19, 2022

I absolutely loved it!

By Anchale J J

Nov 18, 2021

I like it...challenging


Dec 6, 2020

This Coarse is amazing.


Oct 6, 2020

it´s a essencial cuorse

By Jules B

Sep 27, 2020

It was really fun to do

By Mahika M

Jul 10, 2020

It was very educational

By Muhammad A

Jun 30, 2020

Amazing Course Content!