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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


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.

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By Leonora P

Apr 10, 2020

Excellent course!!

By Mahmoud K H K

Apr 6, 2020

thank you coursera

By Arijit B

Apr 3, 2020

Short but succinct

By Bekah N

Apr 13, 2019

very satisfactory!

By Senith M F

Apr 12, 2019

all the Knowledge!

By M G

Mar 5, 2019

So practical fo me


Apr 14, 2018

excellent content

By Javi S

Feb 25, 2017

excelente curso!!!

By Denisse S T

Jan 29, 2017

I learned so much!

By Joanna I B

Aug 10, 2016

Fantastics course!

By akash g

Jun 14, 2016

Amazing course !!!

By 宗梁

Dec 13, 2015

Easy to understand

By Ujjwal

Nov 2, 2015

its AWEsomeeeeeeee

By Iyer A S

Oct 12, 2021

Great for newbies

By Mehul P

Aug 21, 2021

realy enjoyed it!

By Dr. K N S

May 29, 2021

excellent course


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!