Learn Real Graphic Design
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Learn Real Graphic Design

Design goes way beyond Photoshop. Learn the theory behind design and how to apply it to real-life projects.
4.1 (30 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
315 students enrolled
Created by Sean Berg
Last updated 5/2014
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  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 2 Articles
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • You'll discover how to actually work with design, following a design process
  • You'll learn the theory behind design elements and principles
  • And by the end, you'll have the fundamentals to become a real designer
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  • Very basic notion of what is design (offered in free previous course)
  • No prior software knowledge needed! (Photoshop, Illustrator, etc)

Are you tired of only finding Photoshop tutorials and no tutorial on design theory? Maybe you have no idea how to actually begin your design career? What do you really need to know? You don't know how to use color or typography? I might just have the right solution for you!

From the same author that brought you the Udemy free course "Introduction to Graphic Design", finally a course that will go in-depth and explain all the theory you really need to know to get your design career up and going!

This course covers information on a university level, so get ready for a content-rich course!

And we won't just see theory! There is also the practical side of it: how do you apply all of this information in your design projects? All explained in one helpful and complete course!

What would cost you hundreds of dollars in tuition, you can easily learn in this course for a fraction of the price. Don't miss out on your own future as a graphic, web or product designer. Sign up and learn the basics now!

Who is the target audience?
  • All that have seen the "Introduction to Graphic Design" course
  • Whoever wants to become a graphic, web or product designer
  • People who want to learn the basics and kick start their design career
  • Students that want to learn the basics and how to apply them to real life scenarios
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Curriculum For This Course
19 Lectures
Course introduction
3 Lectures 04:03

Just a quick description of what is in this course, so you know what to expect.

Preview 01:04

In this lecture, I just quickly overview what is design, the design elements and principles.

If you don't know yet what these are, I suggest you check out my other free course here on Udemy: "Introduction to Graphic Design" - it's quick and gives you an insight on what to expect during the next few lectures.

Preview 01:19

Flyer specifications:

  • A4 size paper (210 x 297 mm), front side, no limit on colour
  • Name: ComCon
  • Date: 4th of May, from 9:00 to 18:00
  • Location: Stan Lee Convention Center (in your city)
  • Entrance: $ 20 (adults), $ 10 (children from 5 to 18)
  • Tickets: bit.ly/comconvention
Preview 01:40
Design Process
4 Lectures 23:45

A quick introduction on what we'll see in the next few lectures in this section.

Preview 00:45

In this lecture, I'll base this model on the one proposed by Pahl e Breitz in their book "Engineering Design: A Systematic Approach".

The rational model is divided into the following steps:

  1. Information
  2. Analysis
  3. Research
  4. Strategy
  5. Alternatives
  6. Proposals
  7. Presentation
  8. Development
  9. Implementation
  10. Evaluation and conclusion

In this lecture, we see each step individually.

Examples of briefs and further reading:

Preview 19:10

An alternative to the Rational Model, this one is based on empiricist philosophy and is much simple to understand; but it comes with a catch.

The Action-Centric Model

Link to the free eBook "How do you design? A Compendium of Models” by Hugh Dubberly:


Creating your own model
Design Elements
6 Lectures 38:51

Quick overview of the design elements we'll be learning in this section.

What are design elements?

Design Principles
4 Lectures 19:17


A final exercise for you to apply your newly acquired knowledge.

Final exercise

Thank you for participating! Please rate this course and if you have any questions, use the discussion option here on Udemy!

Thank you!
Reading recommendations
2 Lectures 02:13

About the Instructor
Sean Berg
4.1 Average rating
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79,108 Students
2 Courses
Designer, Entrepreneur and Design lover

Sean Berg, also known as Canha, is a graphic and web designer with over 10 years experience. He is passionate about anything related to design and spends copious amounts of time hidden behind a book or a screen and reading about design.

Having worked with some major brazilian design companies, he also founded his own - xCake (read as "cheesecake" in portuguese) - in 2008, and is now one of the biggest companies dedicated to creating and developing custom WordPress themes in Brazil.

He is also responsible for curating one of the countries oldest and most popular blogs about design, creatively named Design Blog. Currently, he dedicates his time to giving lectures on Criativosfera, an online school that offers design courses for the Brazilian audience, his biggest project to date.

Sean is also the author to several eBooks, including "HTML5 in 15 Minutes", "How To Make Money With Design", "Learn Design: The Basics", "Learn Design: Intermediate" and "Learn Web Design: The Complete Course" (all in portuguese).