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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


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.


Apr 17, 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 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 Deleted A

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!

By Nelli V

Jun 17, 2016

Excellent course!

By Celine

Apr 23, 2016

Really empressive

By Michael J

Mar 21, 2016

Very nice course!


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By Saqib N

Oct 10, 2022

Excellent .....

By Ahmad A

Aug 29, 2022

very good course

By Waryam A

Jul 28, 2022

excellent course

By Muhammad W Y

Aug 27, 2021

excellent course

By Michael G T

Jul 14, 2021

excellent course

By Ashraf A

May 15, 2021

Very, very good!

By Paola F

Apr 16, 2021

Amazing teacher!

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By Eszter V

Jan 4, 2021

Awesome teacher!

By Carla A

Nov 25, 2020

very interesting

By Pijar S F

Oct 25, 2020

very good course