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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 Vanessa S

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By Yudi Y S

Jun 2, 2020

I gained a lot of experience in this course! I make my first book by this course, This course is great!

By Muhammad A Y

Jan 31, 2018

i really thankful to coursera to give me this opportunity learn about specialization in graphics design

By she k a s

Jul 14, 2022

I really enjoyed this course and I learned so much about the different techniques of making images

By Ana L B E

Apr 3, 2023

De todos los cursos del Programa, esté es el que más me gustó. Realmente lo disfruté y aprendí mucho.

By Egle H

Dec 13, 2019

Learned a lot and discovered some things about myself that O didn't know. Thank you for this course.

By Le D

Aug 20, 2016

A very good course, not just for those who want to become experts, but also for those who know more.

By Francis C

Mar 8, 2023

Excellent material and modules. A new cluster of insight is open in the invisible world of my mind.

By Amicia S

Jul 20, 2021

I loved taking this course taught me a lot of valuable strategies when approaching a design project

By Victoria K

Oct 24, 2020

This was a fun, hands-on course where you're able to explore all aspects of creative image making.

By Mariana M

Jun 12, 2018

Truly change my vision of design, the meaning of visual communication and composition.Thank you

By Jinn J

Nov 23, 2020

I really learn alot of things at this course. I wan to send my thank for my teacher, Mrs. Gail

By Ebba J

Nov 23, 2016

Wonderful course, interesting lessons, great assignments, fun to do, authentic artist teacher.

By Fahad R

Jul 30, 2020

So much things I have learn in this course. Its a fantastic plat forum for knowledge seekers.

By Muhammad A I

Nov 15, 2021

Very comprehensive! A captivating and enthralling journey through the world of image-making!

By Chito I A B I

Jul 10, 2022

This course was really good & helpful. I have learned how the process of imagemaking works.

By Bob

Jan 17, 2022

I understand image making now :) It's very fun to learn about it. This is a great course :D

By Huda M

Apr 1, 2019

I really Enjoyed this course, made me get out of my comfort zone and think outside the box.

By Diana S

Sep 11, 2016

I really loved the teaching method, fluid and in tune with any artist`s budding creativity!

By Zuzana P

Oct 9, 2016

It was really challenging, and interesting course. I wish I had more time to work with it.

By Mohammad M

Aug 20, 2022

A comprehensive and practical course with creative presentation to solve imaging problems

By Subhan a

Nov 12, 2020

Video lectures are less. Overall course is good but would be perfect if videos were more.

By Deleted A

Jun 20, 2019

Very useful course another step towards specialization

CalArts is doing a wonderful job!!

By Fabian M

Dec 31, 2016

This course challenged me to expand my visual creative skills and for that I am thankful.

By Brianna P

Oct 10, 2016

This was a great course that got me to stop judging my creations and start making images!