Graphic Design Fundamentals for Non Designers

By ·Creative

Class Project

Create a creative brief

This Class is For You if...

If you're a design-curious non-designer interested in getting a basic understanding of graphic design, this class is perfect for you. You'll walk away from this class with working knowledge of the fundamentals of graphic design. Skills you can implement immediately in your own work or in working with designers. 

Really, no prior design experience or tools needed!

This Class Will Cover a Ton!

To help you understand the scope of this class, here are some topics you'll learn...

  • The basic history of graphic design in modern communication
  • What is the Golden Rectangle and Golden Ratio?
  • Everyone loved Vocabulary in school: Design Terminology
  • Space, balance, scale and the wow factor
  • Colors (RGB vs CMYK + others you never heard about)
  • Typography: Fonts, kerning, leading and how it makes your brand look legit
  • The creative process!
  • Bringing those ideas to life: Layout: print, web, wireframes (sizes, orientation, grids, master pages).
  • What software to use for what type of project
  • JPeg what? File extensions
  • Communication tools: How to communicate to your graphic designer, programmer or printer. 

This Class is Project-Based

You'll be applying the skills you learn to your own basic project. Along the way you'll collect samples of what you or your fake brand will look like. You'll use fonts, colors and other key visual elements to describe your brand to myself and fellow classmates - the perfect way to start the creative process. We'll have a ton of fun sharing our work and giving/ getting feedback. 

Level: Beginner

Alina Balean


Designer by destiny, Entrepreneur by blood, Wanderlust by choice. I have over 5 + years of professional and freelance design experience. I've worked on print and web design projects such as magazine layouts, conference branding, festival design, Android and Apple App UI's and Wordpress website customizations. I also once climbed a glacier in New Zealand and won a Hackathon in Miami.

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    • At a Glance

    • 8 Video Lessons
    • 179 Students
    • 50% Positive Reviews (14)
    • Lifetime Access
    • Self-Paced Online Class
    • How does an online class work?

      Classes revolve around completing a project and collaborating with fellow students to give and get feedback on your work. Use Video Lessons and the Project Guide designed by your teacher to complete your class project.

    • Do teachers give project feedback?

      Teachers design and present all class content, but Skillshare is community based around student-to-student interaction. You'll be surprised at what you learn from your classmates!

    • When does a class end?

      Never! Once enrolled, you have lifetime access to class materials. That means you can learn when and where you want. Learn at your own pace.

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