Really good! Karl Gude is great and knows how to explain in a clear way. Very useful course if you want to practice your Adobe Illustrator skills, and end up with projects to add on your portfolio.
Wonderful and intuitive course, great performer. I recommend this course to everybody who wishes to immerse in the world infographics and to receive feedback on his or her progress in design.
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I did learn a lot in this course, especially for me that I am very new on this topic. It has been challenging enough for me. Some recommendations for improvements.
1) Adjust the estimated time to complete the assignments. It took me a lot more than the estimates to complete them.
2) The grading system especially on the final assignment is too difficult. You need to be EXCELLENT to pass and this is difficult to achieve in a subjective peer review rating.
3) I did not expect to be responsible of providing grades for classmates. It is not clear if the university offering the course will provide feedback. Feedback from the experts is what I expected when I bought the certificate.
4) I had to do my final assignment on a different software as my free trial subscription for Adobe Illustrator expired.
Overall, it was a productive course for me and I did learn from it.
By Cheryl H•
Karl was a witty, knowledgeable instructor! I very much enjoyed learning about his perspective on proper infographic design. Lacking any prior experience with Adobe Illustrator (which did NOT offer a free one-month trial, by the way), I found that the assignments took FAR longer than was outlined and I had to do a LOT of outside digging on my own. Finally, I find it somewhat disappointing that all evaluations are peer-based. By paying for the course, I naively thought that there would be at least some professional review and oversight. This is especially problematic when many of my peers do not speak English as a first language. On one assignment, one question was whether or not the chart used 3D elements. This is a very objective question, but my reviews were split 2/2!
By Sarah-Jane M•
I enjoyed the delivery and content of the course as Karl Gude taught us about creating pie charts, graphs, maps and how to design the infographics properly in illustrator- this wasn't easy by the way! It is a lot of good information. But I didn't give a perfect score since I had to defer my course to a second month just so it can get marked and I actually pass. I only got one mark the first month I did it for the final assignment and needed 3 more, so deferred it to this month to get the others. For people paying for this course, this can waste a lot of money waiting an extra month.
By Donna R•
I wish I could give the class a 4.5 star rating. It was an excellent class, though perhaps challenging for people with little or no experience with Adobe Illustrator. The instructor is *very* engaging, great on-screen presence. My only disappointment was with the quality of feedback. As far as I can tell, there is no live instructor involvement with the class. Grades are based entirely on peer reviews, and most reviewers don't bother to leave feedback. For those who do, you are being critiqued by non-designers and the feedback may not be helpful. All in all, though, worthwhile.
By Athulya A A•
A great course for to learn Illustrator basics! But too much focus is given to graphs and maps, which may not be used in all kinds of graphic design. The assignments could be a little less restrictive (that an infographic MUST contain a graph or a map may not be needed always).
In my case, I already know Photoshop so this was quite easy, but for others who are very new to the software, peer grading (by other people who are new to the field!) may not be the best form of assessment. Yet overall quite informative and kept me engaged and interested to complete!
By Dursun H•
The course was very interesting and informative. Learned a lot from the instructor. The only disadvantage for me was the fact that I could not share my assignments with other learners because I audited the course. Although, it said peer-reviewed assignments. It would have been nice to let those auditing the course exchange and review each other's assignments since it was not the instructor grading them. I think there should be 2 options - for paid students, the instructor can review, and those auditing, peers can review.
By Joanna C•
The videos are instructional. I just wish there was a way to communicate with the teacher or assistants for asking questions, instead of relying on the student forum which doesn't seem very active. Initially I was super excited about the content, but was very disappointed by the lack of feedback(I had to wait several weeks for my homeworks to be graded, after requesting it on the forum) and wish there was a more human contact with the instructor/assistant/other students that are serious.
By Lorenzo A•
Great course and great teacher. The lectures are quick, easy to understand but nevertheless interesting. The time schedule is tough, but you can easily switch to the next session to have more time. The only aspect that I would change is the technical level of (some of) the lectures: sometimes they are even too easy, and a lot of time is used to explain very basic stuff. Maybe some 'optional' lectures might be added on
By Caroline M•
This course is well-taught and nicely paced. However, it is at an odd level - I already have a basic knowledge of Adobe Illustrator and found it too easy but I think a beginner would not be able to follow the instructions.
You do end up with great Illustrator skills and some rules for laying out infographics. It helps if you have a subject in mind that you want to cover.
By Deleted A•
It's a very instructive course. Within 6 days, I turned from not knowing anything about Adobe Illustrator to become very fond of it.
One caveat, though: Adobe Illustrator CC free license only allows you a 7-day of free use (not 1 month as mentioned in the lecture), so you'd better be able to do all the projects within those 7 days if you want to use it for free.
By Mercedes d R P C•
Un curso genial, donde he aprendido bastantes técnicas dentro de illustrator y cómo recolectar datos de manera gráfica. Sin duda un curso esencial para aquellos que nos dedicamos al diseño. Creo que las correcciones de los compañeros deberían ser más objetivas. Por lo demás un 10.