As you’re reading the title of this article, you’re probably thinking to yourself, “Why would I sketch everything? My drawing is terrible!” Stop right there! You’ve got to think more positive about your artistic abilities. Sure, you may not be great at drawing, but that has nothing to do with your ability to sketch regularly. There are several benefits to sketching, and keeping an open mind is a great way to start discovering those benefits.

In the world of graphic design, there are tons of terms that look so similar they become interchangeable. There are also words that don’t look similar, but are related; so they also get used interchangeably. In order to be a great graphic designer, you have to know all the jargon and lingo of the craft, right? Well… this may not be completely true.

Have you ever experienced a moment where you felt as though you couldn't come up with any new ideas? Or maybe you had an idea, but you couldn’t figure out how to express this idea?

The importance of branding is becoming more and more prominent in our online world and community. Every company and business professional is expected to have some type of logo, symbol or branding.

Everyone should have an online presence. Presenting the best possible version of yourself online is important for every professional no matter what industry you’re in.

Throughout this course, you've learned the fundamentals of graphic design. We've covered how to organize the layout and compose a graphic design project, choosing the typography for your project, and working with different color schemes to convey the right message. Now, we'll discuss how to combine those skills to successfully complete your first graphic design project.

Color is one of the most powerful elements of graphic design. It speaks to everyone and can be understood at the most primal level. When toddlers begin learning to speak, one of the first things they are taught are the primary colors. From there, colors are used to teach more complicated lessons and concepts. Most people have a favorite color, or color they most identify with. Even animals have shown to be partial to certain colors. The power of color comes from its ability to be universally understood.

Typography is powerful. Using great typography can encourage people to change the world. Poor typography choices can lead to miscommunication and disrupt the ebb and flow of an otherwise great design. In the past lessons, we’ve covered the fundamentals of graphic design, layout, composition, and typography. If you haven’t read the previous lessons, please see: An Introduction To Graphic Design Parts 1, 2, 3, and 4 here on the Freepik Blog. This lesson will explain typeface pairing, and complete the section on typography.

Typography is a topic of passion for most graphic designers. This passion has led to hours and hours of lectures and discussions about serifs versus sans serifs; topics which would seem very trivial to inexperienced designers. In addition to serifs and sans serifs, there are many more seemingly trivial topics discussed in the design community. These topics of discussion are definitely not trivial, and they make the task of mastering typography all the more difficult.

Previously, we covered the basics of graphic design, layout and composition. If you haven’t had an opportunity to read the previous lessons, please see: An Introduction to Graphic Design Part 1 and An Introduction To Graphic Design Part 2 here on the Freepik blog. This lesson will detail typography structure and vocabulary. Typography is the art or process of setting, arranging, or designing type.

The last lesson provided an overview of graphic design and its history. Graphic design is the art or skill of combining text and pictures in advertisements, magazines, or books. As we know, this is a very basic definition of graphic design, meant only to give us a starting point. For a more detailed description of graphic design please read An Introduction To Graphic Design: Part 1, here on the Freepik blog. Graphic design has three core components: layout, typography, and color. This lesson will focus on layout and composition.

When you think of graphic design what come to your mind? A painting? A book? How about a cool poster? These are just a few of the most common mental images evoked by people when asked about graphic design. None of these images provide a true definition of graphic design though