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About the Course

This course for serious makers, and for students new to imagemaking. Imagemaking is a fluid and exciting area of graphic design that comes out of practice and process: experimenting fearlessly, showing and sharing ideas, and giving and receiving knowledgeable and constructive input. For the sake of this online platform, we have applied some structure to our investigations, but for the most part imagemaking is loose and unstructured. If we must adopt a rule in this course it is only this: you will not become a graphic designer by watching videos alone. Or, don't just make stuff just in your head. So here, the focus here is on making, and you are expected to devote serious time and intellectual energy to that activity in this course. Specifically, you will: - experiment with a range of materials and techniques to make images for graphic design - expand your visual vocabulary both in terms of making and talking about work, in order to discuss your work and work of others - learn how to make, manipulate and arrange images to create compositions, eventually culminating in the design and production of an-image-based book. The first half of the course is an opportunity to experiment and explore imagemaking in order to expand your visual vocabulary. You will create pieces that are expressive, meditative, or 'design-y' to instigate, evoke, experiment, record, explain, or try out a media. In the second two weeks, we’ll invite the images to deliberately and intentionally carry meaning and communication through relational moves like juxtaposition, composition, and context. We’ll look at developing and expanding the range of approaches for putting things together by composing page spreads with your images. Since nothing exists without context, we look at how to intentionally drive the image’s connotations, meanings, and associations generated through elements of composition and “visual contrasts.” Ultimately, we will take the images that you create and make a book from them. The results of your assignments (and experiments) may generate something completely unknowable now or in the future—and that's the goal....

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Oct 8, 2017

I'm so happy i did this course. Gail, you're amazing and you made my imagination go wild with just your words. I can see you love your craft and that's very inspiring. Enjoyed this course all the way!


May 22, 2023

In fact i am very much glad for this because before taking this course, i know nothing about Indesign but i can now use it and more, Thank you for this financial aid opportunities, Blessings coursera

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By Anna A s

Dec 3, 2022

this course was very skillful i learn so much i really like image making very creative

By James W

Jun 24, 2022

An excellent course covering from basics to concept to design - plus it's a fun course!

By Hương N

Mar 4, 2022

Such an amazing course!! I enjoy the process of learning and creating interesting stuff

By Soumya P

Jun 14, 2020

I loved this course. It was very informative. Had a lot of fun making the compositions.

By Andrei R

May 15, 2024

I was really enjoyed to make this course, it helps me a lot in the process of creation

By Norman K

Sep 29, 2020

Very informative tutors and interesting assignments that make the learning interesting

By celina o

May 10, 2016

Very practical, short videos, lots of exercices to get going, very interesting course.

By Brian H

Jan 24, 2021

I loved the work that this course pulled out of me. Very grateful for the experience.

By Galo V

Jun 27, 2019

Un curso realmente de mucho aporte, me ayudó para comprender y afinar mi creatividad.

By mohammed A

Sep 9, 2019

Really good course I enjoyed the process. was very helpful to improve my creativity.

By Elizabeth O

Dec 18, 2017

Very informative and engaging course. One of my favorites among this specialization.

By Mohamed G W

Oct 9, 2017

great course that will teach you the meaning of the pictures and spaces in the image

By Nicoleta P

Apr 12, 2017

The way information combines with practice to enhance your creativity is just great!

By Shiela O

Aug 16, 2016

I learned a lot esp the extent of using materials to create an artwork. Well done!

By Vivien S

Nov 25, 2016

Great, very clear lessons. Kind of easy in a way but I learnt some basic things.

By Teresa S

Apr 18, 2021

I had good time taking this course and it help me learn more about imagemaking.

By Laura B D R

Mar 21, 2019

We learn really good tools and methodologies to abstract and create new images.

By Manash G

Mar 9, 2017

I really learned a lot of things and this course will really help me in future.

By Brian P

Dec 1, 2016

This course opened up a new avenue of expression for me. Insightful instruction

By Richard B

Oct 28, 2020

With this course it's possible to get creative and complete some art projects.

By David M

Oct 14, 2019

Fond of the book exercise, great way to explore creativity if taken seriously.

By Scott W

Dec 20, 2022

Was a good but difficult course to learn. I had a lot of fun being creative

By Aditya S

Oct 25, 2022

Whatever the expectations are, this course will fulfill those expectations!

By Fernando C F

Apr 19, 2020

Amazing course. Really pushed me out of my comfort zone and helped me think

By Shaimaa E

Apr 1, 2023

I really learned a lot from this course and iI did enjoy every single week