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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 Charles I W

Dec 09, 2018

Very proffesional

By Ren Y

Aug 23, 2018

Excellent course!

By Anastasia T

Jul 31, 2017

Love that course!

By Ayesha B

May 05, 2017

Concrete. Simple.

By Alexandra K

Mar 29, 2017

Best course ever)

By Alena O

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!

By federico n

May 20, 2020

very good course


May 17, 2020

soooooooo goood.

By Matthieu D

Jan 25, 2020

I learned a lot.

By Haidar h

Apr 01, 2019

thanks very much

By Medhat H M M

Jan 14, 2019

Very nice course

By holly K

Oct 24, 2017

learned so much!

By 七个大肥锅

Oct 23, 2017

perfect nice

By Payal M

Sep 12, 2017

very interesting


Aug 13, 2017

very good course

By Anu M

Mar 29, 2017

Wonderful new in

By George A F

Feb 28, 2017

Challenging one!

By Manash G

Jan 19, 2017

100% recommended

By 黄楚风

Sep 02, 2016

Very inspiring !

By Shubham

Apr 02, 2016

Nice experience.

By esther u

Mar 27, 2016

best course ever

By Renat K

Oct 23, 2015

awesome i think.