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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 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.


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 Daniel P

Jan 08, 2016

Hey, that's pretty good.

By Shimaa G A

Mar 12, 2019

It is so useful course

By Anas A

Dec 12, 2019

Very helpfull course

By Ivan Z

Dec 22, 2018

Good course overall

By GanaBear

Nov 06, 2017


By Zhangxiaoyue Z

Apr 30, 2017

Very useful classes

By Cristina L

Feb 11, 2016

Great intro course!

By Ryou M S

Dec 16, 2018

Good for beginner!

By Joy S

Aug 20, 2018

really interesting


Dec 27, 2015

Good for beginner

By israa h h

Oct 31, 2018

It's pretty good

By Britt B C

Jun 11, 2017

Good intro class

By Angel S

Dec 25, 2015

Excellent Course

By Kathryin O

Apr 19, 2016

So far so good!

By Ahmed M

Apr 26, 2016

Awesome course

By Xinjuan D

Apr 01, 2019

very useful.

By esmail m

Sep 06, 2019

I like it !

By Sami A A

Jul 31, 2018

I Loved it!

By Fahim A M

Jul 05, 2017

Good course

By Hayden P

Oct 22, 2016

Really Good

By Joanna G

Jul 06, 2016

Enjoyed it.

By Claudio S

May 05, 2018

Well done!

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Aug 17, 2016


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By Richel F

Dec 13, 2018