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University of Colorado Boulder

Graphic Design Elements for Non-Designers

University of Colorado Boulder via Coursera Specialization


In this hands-on specialization, you will explore basic graphic design elements, color theory, images, publication design and techniques for creating effective layouts. You will also learn about typography, the creative process, the importance of brainstorming, and how to discuss and critique design in a professional setting. Page layout software and online sites will be used to incorporate and manipulate text, color, photographs and images. If you are curious about the design process, work on a team with designers and need to speak some of their language, or want to empower the creatives on your team to be even better, this specialization is made for you.


Course 1: Basic Elements of Design: Design Principles and Software Overview
- Offered by University of Colorado Boulder. Designing for an organization, while requiring technical skill, is not just about knowing how to ... Enroll for free.

Course 2: Graphic Elements of Design: Color Theory and Image Formats
- Offered by University of Colorado Boulder. Examining and exploring the various types of images and graphic elements will be the focus of ... Enroll for free.

Course 3: Textual Elements of Design: Fonts, Typography, and Spacing
- Offered by University of Colorado Boulder. Graphic design is telling a story by using both images and text. With that definition in mind, ... Enroll for free.

Course 4: Print and Digital Elements of Design: Branding and User Experience
- Offered by University of Colorado Boulder. Graphic design projects can be delivered in either a printed format or a digital format, or both. ... Enroll for free.


Taught by

Lori Poole


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