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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....

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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.


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.

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Jun 09, 2020

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May 28, 2020

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Apr 25, 2020

nice course

By Deborah N

Mar 21, 2020

I loved it!

By Alena K

Feb 11, 2020

Great base!

By Ibrahim K

Dec 08, 2019

nice course

By Asma F

Jan 15, 2018

best course

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May 24, 2017


By sonam

Mar 23, 2017

Good Course

By Agata J

Feb 22, 2017

Very good !

By Denisse C R T

Oct 18, 2016

I love it!!

By Andre M O

Aug 28, 2016

the root GD

By william

Jun 16, 2016

really cool

By Jesus B

Mar 10, 2016

Good course

By Chaker L

Feb 29, 2016

I like it !

By Tipu S

Jul 26, 2020

very best.

By Luis A Z C

Jul 11, 2020

Muy bueno!


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By Laura P

May 15, 2020

me encantó

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By Antonio L

Jan 10, 2020

Gran curso

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