What is Graphic Design? Ep1/45 [Beginners Guide to Graphic Design]

What is Graphic Design? Ep1/45 [Beginners Guide to Graphic Design]


Hello and welcome to this beginner’s
guide series to graphic design. From what graphic design is, skills to be a graphic designer, design theory, education you need, equipment you need, to the graphic
design portfolio and interview advice, this series is for anyone at any level.
So if you’re interested in graphic design and considering becoming a graphic designer, join me as I discuss series of
graphic design topics. So you’re interested in graphic design,
perhaps considering becoming a graphic designer and looking to learn more in this video I’m going to discuss what
graphic design is. Now a lot of people on my channel have asked me this question mainly youngsters and people who are
thinking about pursuing graphic design and want to know what graphic design
is and if it’s right for them. Now I have often found this a really
hard question, as it does not really have a simple answer without some
degree of explanation. Now if you google this it
will tell you that: ‘Graphic design is the art or skill of combining text and pictures in advertisements, magazines or books So quite a simple and accurate explanation there, though I happen to think there’s more to it than that. In this video I’m going to attempt to answer this question and give you my take on it from my experience. so what is graphic design? Well let’s start simple. So with graphic design we have two things: We have graphic and design. Graphic is visual, which is associated with art, imagination and expression, involving many mediums such as drawing painting engraving or lettering given clear and explicit detail. So the graphic part of graphic design is made up of visual elements, the building blocks of design. The basic visual elements that combine to create graphic design include the following: Line, Colour, Shape, Texture, Space,
Form and Typography Through the harness of our artistic
expression we choose these visual elements and arrange them on a surface in a layout to convey an idea. Now the second part is design, which is to decide upon the look and function of something before it is made. So design is thinking, problem
solving and practicality…. theory. In graphic design there are rules that can be considered. These rules are called ‘The principles of design’. These principles all have a
relationship between each other and appear in every well designed
piece of work you see. So the design principles make the
design in ‘graphic design’. A good grasp of design theory will mean there is
always substance behind your work. The key principles of design are: Contrast, Hierarchy, Alignment, Balance, Proximity, Repetition, Simplicity and Function. When we bring both the visual elements and the design principles together we have graphic design. Graphic design is not drawing, graphic design is not painting, graphic
design is not creating a poster or a quick logo on your computer, these things are the means to the end
and are skills in their own right. Graphic design is not about making
things look pretty, graphic design is the organisation and
presentation of information, developed through a creative process
for a particular function. In graphic design we must first understand information, a message or a brief and then research, think, imagine and develop and create a solution, a concept in order to communicate that information, tell a story,
a message or idea in a visual way. It’s only once we have a solid idea developed through the design process we can use our skills with layout, colour, typography and creative
tools to bring that idea to life Once upon a time that would have been
with just the aid of a pencil or a paint brush on paper. Today it’s all those things and more. Today we also have cameras, computers and printers, since the invention of the print press
which enabled reproduction on a mass scale graphic design has been used to
communicate and spread messages worldwide. Through the evolution of technology,
today we are surrounded by an abundance of visual communication.
Today graphic design is implemented across a broad spectrum of media both print
and digital such as: Advertising, Branding, Web design, Interface design, Magazine layout, Paper engineering and packaging, TV, Motion graphics, Infographics, Signage, Art and
Installations and Digital art. If you are looking to pursue a career in graphic design you will inevitably end up creating work across one of those sectors. Over many decades in the past graphic design has shaped culture
through pop art, political art and commercial art. Today graphic design has a big commercial side, it’s associated heavily with commerce and used to sell and advertise things, but
that’s not all it has to be. The power of graphic design to inform, influence and instruct on a commercial level can also be used to educate and inspire a generation I believe graphic design is the unity of two opposing forces, artistic expression and practical application, design theory. As a graphic designer these two forces will always be at odds with each other in your mind. when you can harness these two
forces together in harmony, then you can create great visual
communication. So that’s an introduction to what graphic design is. For any of you that were unsure of what graphic design is. I hope that has helped to explain. In this video I mentioned that graphic
design is made of two things visual elements and design principles.
Over the next seven episodes i’m going to talk more about design theory and
talk in detail about ‘Visual elements’ that make a piece of graphic design work. In the next video I’m going to start by talking about ‘Line’ as a visual element and graphic design,
so see you in the next video!


100 thoughts on “What is Graphic Design? Ep1/45 [Beginners Guide to Graphic Design]

  1. Hi! Tasty Tuts content is brilliant as always. So polished and well prepared. I was wondering where did you get information for this video regarding Graphic Design? What type of books or references have you looked at? The reason I am interested is that I am currently researching into this topic and it would be great if you could share some of your sources/references if possible of course. Thank you!

  2. Good information. Thanks for nice explanation. I will share this video at my twitter account https://twitter.com/melissastpierr

  3. Helloo..my name's Danar..thanks for your great and briliant videos..
    It is my very first step in learning grapich design. Which one I should watch first, the Graphic Design theory videos or the Essential training Software courses?

  4. Sir I am Al Mamun from Bangladesh. I want to learn graphic desing full corse. Because I am an Unemployee. So I want to learn graphic desing for employment.. Please help me sir…..

  5. thanks for being so kind and generous in sharing your knowledge for free — providing PDF supplementary readings even! You're a wonderful human being. I hope all goes well for you!

  6. Sir I have learnt good Photoshop editing will this enough for graphic design for me if i apply to some graphic designer job Please sir reply me on 0589685927 i am in dubai.

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  8. very poor presentation. A graphic designer and all he can produce is a talking head interspersed with text on a screen. It should have a voice over and be illustrated with graphic design

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  11. Hello! Can I please ask you how did you learn designing such as graphic designing, UX and UI and also editing videos. Did you take any course? I'm really interested in learning. If you can provide good recommendations and how to get started I would appreciate a lot. My uni (first year student) doesn't provide these majors that's why I couldn't take. But I'm deeply interested. Please if you could help. Thank you!

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  14. Just found your beginners guide on pdf and I find it brilliant! I really hope there are some exercises for us to get some practice. Thanks a lot.

  15. I'm an Artist from Nairobi, Kenya. With a background in Fine Art and Concept Art for Animation. In the first 3minutes and 34 seconds, this guy has just cleared up something I have struggled to understand so much in a clear manner : A difference btn. Art(Fine Art, Digital, Concept etc) and Graphic Design

    Thank you.

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  17. Hello sir , I am really glad I've come across this 🙂 I am a design enthusiast. Your way of teaching is amazing. Thank you for making this content.

  18. Is this a full course? will i be able to do desing like Logos or whatever after watching all the episodes? because i will invest a lot of time so i want to make sure first.

  19. Fucking hell, man. I watch it and feel much more clever now in what about Graphic Design is. Take my flame salutation from cold Saint-Petersburg. And i want you to know you are made up great things on this one! Cheers!

  20. Hey guys I want to continue my study and I had problem to choose either film or graphic design can u guys help me how to choose the right course for me?

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