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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 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


May 10, 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 Shehryar S

May 09, 2018

Prof is really nice and very knowledgeable!

By Anne W

Jun 25, 2016

A fantastic introduction to Graphic Design!

By artem

Feb 21, 2016

I like the exercises

they are very useful!


Apr 08, 2020

Beautiful course especially for beginners.

By Varun S

May 16, 2018

Amazing! Learned a ton in really less time

By Matthew C

Jun 23, 2017

It is a great course. I like it very much.

By Mareike B

Oct 29, 2016

very informative and really well explained

By duck810825

Jun 04, 2016

The course is very interesting and useful.

By Анна

Jan 21, 2016

A lot of useful information for begginers!

By Enrico J

Apr 08, 2019

It is a great course and I learned a lot!

By Sara M I M

Nov 19, 2018

A very useful and necessary basic course.

By Nina R

Apr 06, 2017

It was really good for beginners like me.

By Randall M

May 16, 2020

Quite an interesting foundational course

By Iván J V

Mar 18, 2020

i loved this course. it was very useful!

By José M

Mar 08, 2020

It is so amazing, I have learnt so much.

By Anand V

Jun 28, 2018

Really helped me to learn graphic design

By Катерина Ф

Feb 27, 2018

I liked the course! Thanks for the work!

By America G

Mar 14, 2017

Excellent course, with very good content

By lily r

Nov 29, 2016

Refreshing, modern and excellent course!

By Natalia P

Oct 29, 2016

I love this course very much! Thank you!

By Christopher M G

Jan 26, 2016

great introduction to the basic concepts

By Sandra l

May 10, 2020

thank you very much i love this course

By Preetika K

Apr 16, 2018

Great journey.Enjoyed learning basics.

By Mridul V

Jan 05, 2018

Eye opening course.

Must for a beginner!

By Mikaell C e O

Apr 27, 2017

Great way to start on the design world.