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Graphic Design Fundamentals

with Timothy Samara

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  •   01 Introduction to Graphic Design

    11:27

Class duration: 10h 48m

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About The Class

graphic design essentials.

You don’t need to be a trained pro to make great designs. In this class, Timothy Samara will explain the basic concepts behind graphic design and help you get started. You’ll learn about:

  • The skills essential for graphic design
  • Which tools designers use
  • How to manage the creative process
Timothy will demonstrate a design project from start to finish and provide a thorough introduction to the design principles professionals rely on everyday. You’ll learn the basics of: 

  • Space and form
  • Color theory
  • Typography
  • Layout and compostion
You’ll see how these theories apply to real-world projects and how they impact the overall design.

Whether you want to design a poster, flyer, or logo – Graphic Design Fundamentals will give you the insights you need to design with confidence.

Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Introduction to Graphic Design

    Find out how the profession of graphic design evolved and what that means for people working in field today.

    11:27
  2. 02

    Graphic Design: Areas of Specialization

    14:10
  3. 03

    The History of Graphic Design

    40:11
  4. 04

    The Designer's Toolkit

    11:32
  5. 05

    The Graphic Designer's Tools: Color

    06:00
  6. 06

    The Graphic Designers Tools: Typography

    01:42
  7. 07

    The Graphic Designer's Tools: Layout & Space

    06:33
  8. 08

    Typical Work Processes

    09:13
  9. 09

    Designing an Advertisment

    41:46
  10. 10

    Designing a Poster

    29:20
  11. 11

    Designing a Book Layout: Basic Concepts

    36:02
  12. 12

    Designing a Book Layout: The Details

    20:54
  13. 13

    Designing a Website

    26:53
  14. 14

    How to Design a Brand Identity: Preperation

    25:42
  15. 15

    How to Design Brand Identity: Showing the Client

    18:24
  16. 16

    Building Brand Language

    14:12
  17. 17

    Designing the Touchpoints

    11:15
  18. 18

    Fundamentals are Forever

    03:29
  19. 19

    Form & Image Toolbox

    32:07
  20. 20

    Media & Stylization

    14:37
  21. 21

    Representation & Manipulation

    31:02
  22. 22

    Visual Narrative & Metaphor

    19:16
  23. 23

    Color Identity

    23:39
  24. 24

    Color Relationships

    21:15
  25. 25

    Palettes & Systems

    14:39
  26. 26

    Color as Meaning

    07:09
  27. 27

    Typography: The Basics

    25:16
  28. 28

    Style: Choosing & Mixing

    26:01
  29. 29

    Text-Setting Mechanics

    15:41
  30. 30

    Styles: Visual Qualities of Text

    18:09
  31. 31

    Interactions of Forms in Space

    24:46
  32. 32

    Arrangement, Logic, & Rhythm

    18:57
  33. 33

    Contrast & Hierarchy

    08:09
  34. 34

    Unifying Type & Imagery

    05:36
  35. 35

    Working with Grids (or Not)

    10:16
  36. 36

    Bringing it All Together

    03:17

Meet Your Expert

Timothy Samara

Timothy Samara is a New York–based graphic designer and educator whose twenty-five career has so far focused on visual identity and branding, communication design, and typography. Since 2000, he has split his time between professional practice and academia, defining a highly respected reputation as an instructor at the School of Visual Arts, Parsons/The New School for Design, Purchase College SUNY, New York University, The University of the Arts, and Fashion Institute of Technology. Mr. Samara is a frequent university lecturer and contributor to design publications both in the U.S. and abroad. He has written eight books on design to date (all from Rockport Publishers), which have been translated into ten languages and are used by students and practitioners around the world. ... read more

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  • pdf Syllabus - Graphic Design Fundamentals.pdf
  • pdf Ad+Poster-Timothy Samara Presentation.pdf
  • pdf Book+Web--Timothy Samara Presentation.pdf
  • pdf Color-Timothy Samara Presentation.pdf
  • pdf Form+Image-Timothy Samara Presentation.pdf
  • pdf Identity-Timothy Samara Presentation.pdf
  • pdf Intro-Timothy Samara Presentation.pdf
  • pdf Layout-Timothy Samara Presentation.pdf
  • pdf Typography-Timothy Samara Presentation.pdf

100% of students recommend this class.
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  • photo_dj

    May 2015

    This is more about all of your courses - It would be really nice for instructors to answer questions during break times or even after the class. There a lot a fabulous questions that I see that never get answered. I would like to go back even the next day and see a short note for at least some of those questions. Just an idea to help out this wonderful format that you have going. I am sure to make use of the promote question when I see an interesting one.

  • user-1f91d5

    November 2015

    I LOVED this class! I learned so much and since I had the foresight to purchase it, I can go back for a refresher anytime I want. Plus, the downloads are spectacular! Almost a book's worth and so helpful! Thank you Timothy, you are great teacher!

  • Creativelive Student

    May 2015

    This was an outstanding course, would love to see a more in depth typography course from this guy. I'm a proffesional photographer with a formal education in design, I hardly ever use it, so I forget things, this was great both as a review, and to pinpoint things I didn't know or thought I knew. thanks once again! well done!!

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