Introduction to Graphic Design
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Introduction to Graphic Design

Graphic design goes beyond Photoshop. Learn the basics of design theory to become a real graphic design master
4.1 (10,031 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
142,650 students enrolled
Created by Sean Berg
Last updated 6/2014
English [Auto-generated]
Price: Free
This course includes
  • 23 mins on-demand video
  • 1 article
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What you'll learn
  • What is design?
  • What isn't design?

  • What does a designer do?

  • What is the difference between design and art?
  • Must a designer know how to draw?
  • Design process
  • The basic elements
  • The five main principles of design
  • How to identify design elements in the wild
  • How to see design thru new eyes
  • No software needed!
  • No special equipment needed!
  • Bring an open mind and thirst for knowledge

Are you tired of learning Photoshop tricks without understanding how to apply the software to real design? Or maybe you just want to understand what really is design and how can you become a real designer?

Design goes way beyond software and there is a lot of theory behind it. In this introductory course, you'll learn the basics needed to create amazing and real design.

For this course, you won't need any sort of equipment or specific software. "Why? Isn't design just Photoshop?" you may ask, to which I answer "No, my dear reader! It is not!". By understanding the process behind what real designers do and understand, you will also be able to see what makes good design. Why is that logo appealing? Why does that poster grab my attention? How is it that I can understand that ad, even though nothing is written on it? After participating in this course, you'll finally understand more of design and gain the ability to see the world in a different way.

From the history of communication to the 5 basics principles of design, if you really want to learn design this is the perfect course for you!

Who this course is for:
  • Anyone interested in learning about design
  • No prior knowledge needed!
Course content
Expand all 11 lectures 26:03
+ Introduction to Design
2 lectures 05:56

What is design?

There are many definitions to what design is, and although I try and explain, first we need some more background information to tackle this question once more on the next lecture. In summary, "design is a way to communicate an idea or concept, using design processes, elements and principles."

What isn't design?

Design isn't just software usage. You don't have to be a master artist to be a designer.

Is design art?

In a short, quick, answer: no. But it's not an easy question to answer.

What's the difference between design, graphic design, product design, web design and so on?

Design has several branches, and these are graphic, product, web, fashion, game, motion and so much more. I tackle the main 3: graphic, web and product.

What is design?

What does a designer do?

A designer will be presented with a problem he must solve visually, and he must do so following a design project.

Must a designer know how to draw?

No, but knowing how to sketch (even if badly) is important to quickly convey a message.

So, what is design?

With all the information in the past and present lectures, it's slightly easier to answer this question.

An example of what designers can do

Just a short example out of the infinite things a designer can do.

What does a designer do?
+ Process, elements and principles
4 lectures 12:48

What are the benefits of following a design process?

It gives value to your design, it helps present your work, it keeps you organized and productive, it establishes credibility and creates value.

What are the main design processes?

The Rational Model and the Action-Centric Model. In this class we'll brush over both models and explain what they are.

Design Process

What are design elements?

Different authors have different opinions, but there are 6 basic ones we'll see in the next class: line, form, colour, texture, mass, and space.

Design Elements

In this class, I'll talk about the 6 most common elements in design. This course will only scratch the surface of these elements, but it will give you an idea of what they are.

The 6 elements of design

What are the design principles?

There are about 5 design principles that help the designer better communicate a message. They are: alignment, balance, contrast, proximity and repetition. In this class, we'll cover the basics of each one.

Design principles
+ Exercises
2 lectures 02:06

In this exercise, we'll observe how design elements are used in the real world. Learn to take deeper looks into other graphic projects and see the little details with the knowledge you now have.

Design elements in the real world

Following the last exercise, now observe how design principles are applied to most design projects. And how would these projects be if there wasn't any principles applied to them?

Design principles in the real world
+ Revision
2 lectures 02:01

A quick review of what we've learnt in this course and a few final words.

Course revision

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+ Audio download
1 lecture 01:27

A few book recommendations for the begginers.

Book recommendations