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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....

Top reviews


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 Angel D M G

Apr 3, 2020

Excelente curso. Fundamentos de composiciones fáciles de entender y claros

By Giovanny V

Dec 4, 2019

great instructors, accurate consistent lessons and challenging assignments

By Carla B

Apr 13, 2021

Excellent to who want learning about a little about book design concepts!

By Martha W

Jun 7, 2016

I like how the weekly projects built up until we had our book at the end.

By think m

Nov 30, 2017

Fantastic teacher who is able communicate how to make a range of images.

By Estefanía

Jul 4, 2016

I really loved the course and am extremely thankful for the opportunity.

By Maya S

May 1, 2016


Los ejercicios son tremendamente didácticos y de muy buen gusto

By Rafaya N

Nov 15, 2021

IT helped me alot to learn new things and i enjoyed i lot learning it

By Zayd B

Aug 18, 2020

Interesting course. Really appreciate the teaching! Thanks to CalArts

By Karla M L

Apr 27, 2019

Super! I've studied very interesting subjects on this course, thanks!

By Evangelia B

Jun 8, 2016

I really enjoyed the course and it helped me to start creating again.

By Tomelilla G

Mar 26, 2020

Great way to give designers a process for creating meaningful images

By Mariel G L

Feb 1, 2019

I learned a lot from this course, especially in the last assignment.

By Anastasia D

Nov 6, 2016

This course encouraged me to start learning InDesign Adobe program!

By Sneha B

May 16, 2020

it was really fun nd interesting doing this course

thank you so much

By María J F M

Jun 16, 2016

I loved it , going straight to the point and has very valuable tips

By Stacie M B

Dec 2, 2020

I have truly enjoyed taking this course and will be taking others.

By christy p

Jun 23, 2016

A great course. It took me out of my comfort zone of design ideas.

By Erick A R A d l S

Feb 20, 2018

Good Course! I would encourage people to create their own images.

By Marcia A

Apr 8, 2022

fue intenso y me hicieron trabajar la cabeza y dibujar como loca


Oct 4, 2017

very good introductory course, assignments are greatly enjoyed

By Lucelene A d M

Aug 20, 2020

Muito bem elaborado, excelente explicações e material claro.

By SaSha D

Jun 17, 2019

Fun and very informative. Good hard work that is productive!

By Konstantinos A

May 1, 2018

Awesome course, lets you get exactly the use of imagemaking!

By Tomás G D

Mar 27, 2021

excellent, very creative homeworks and professional skills.