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Graphic Design Fundamentals: Form & Image

with Timothy Samara

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About The Class

a graphic design essential skill.


You only need basic understanding of line and form to appreciate art and design, but you need a lot more than that to create it. Deepen your understanding of these fundamentals in Graphic Design: Form & Image with Timothy Samara.

In this class, Timothy will teach you about the primary form categories and how they apply across mediums. You’ll learn about:

  • Geometric vs organic forms
  • Pictorial vs non-pictorial images
  • Form relationships and meaning
  • Juxtaposition and sequence

You’ll learn how the medium you are working in affects how the viewer interprets your work and get tips for getting the results you are after.

Graphic Design: Form & Image will help you confidently create images that are visually balanced and sophisticated. 

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Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Form & Image Toolbox

    32:07
  2. 02

    Media & Stylization

    14:37
  3. 03

    Representation & Manipulation

    31:02
  4. 04

    Visual Narrative & Metaphor

    19:16
  5. 05

    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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71% of students recommend this class.
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  • Indumathi Manohar

    July 2016

    Tim is just SO much fun!!! I love his lectures. He just packs information in, but the material just flows intuitively from one subject to the next. He clearly knows his stuff!

  • Dayton Dean

    September 2016

    Initially, I was excited to begin the instructional video series, only to be bored. This review is not in spite of a remorseful purchase, but more so a constructive critique. The material was common sense to the most inexperienced student interested in arts of any sort. It would be a great /free/ demo course for people looking to purchase a set of true educational courses.

  • Suzy Q

    July 2017

    Very good. Note the graphic elements of the instructor's shirt. I have a BIG art background. Good stuff. CHEAP.

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