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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


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.


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

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By Natalia P

Mar 27, 2017

Excellent material, very interesting activities.

By Daragh F

Jun 11, 2016

Really creative, insightful and fun; five stars!

By Saba A

May 29, 2016

Best Graphic designing course for the beginners.

By Shuchen T

Jan 26, 2016

The course is clear, simple and easy to hand on!

By Ricardo G

Jan 24, 2016

Great course! Amazing teachers and good content!

By ismail b

May 27, 2020

really I like this course because very amazing,

By Asmahan A Z

Feb 16, 2020

useful, helpfull and amazing coursera

loved it

By Amir S

Jan 23, 2020

it was an interesting and amazing experience...

By Diana A

Apr 11, 2019

Great instructor, cannot wait for the next one.

By Abhinav G

Jun 04, 2018

Good start for the newbies in Graphic Designing

By Intan G

Feb 08, 2016

Very great lecture, interesting tasks/projects.

By Shitalkumar K

Jan 29, 2016

Awesome course with lots of learning and fun!!!

By Novikova A D

May 22, 2020

Great class with extremely useful information!

By Avinash B

May 14, 2020

it is simple and full of content for beginners

By harshavardhan p

May 13, 2020

Good to explore my knowledge in a better way .


May 03, 2020

Best course for computer science students. ; )

By Pooja D J

Apr 30, 2020

It is amazing experience to learn this course.

By Veronica P N

Mar 20, 2019

Very interesting and useful! I really enjoyed!

By Rum V

Feb 03, 2018

It's so much practise here! I like it so much!

By Hsu, J

Apr 14, 2017

Good course. I can use these skills on my job.

By Pedro L L

Sep 14, 2016

INCREDIBLE. I really learned from this course!

By Casey D

Mar 14, 2016

I learned so much from this course. Thank you!

By Guido M R

Jan 06, 2016

Great course and great teacher!!!! Compliments

By Shaila S

May 26, 2020

This course is absolutely good for beginners.

By Sheryl H

May 15, 2020

It was an enlightening experience! Thank you!