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Compositional Techniques for Graphic Design

A course by Javier Alcaraz , Editorial and Typeface Designer

Editorial and Typeface Designer. Campanet, Spain.
Joined November 2015

Learn how to use key elements to create clear and attractive graphic structures

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  • 97% positive reviews (688)
  • 17218 students

Learn how to use key elements to create clear and attractive graphic structures

A composition is made up of key elements like color, shape, space, balance, asymmetry. In graphic design, it’s essential to master these concepts and apply them to create communication that is impactful, relevant, and connects with your audience.

In this course, graphic designer Javier Alcaraz teaches you how to create an efficient graphic structure for your next project. As a specialist in editorial, branding, and typography projects, Javier explains the key components of creating a visual language and how to articulate ideas through design.

Javier uses Adobe InDesign in this course. If you need to add InDesign to your skillset, you can check out Javier’s 5-course Introduction to Adobe InDesign from our Basics series, or dive deeper into editorial projects with Automated Editorial Design with Adobe InDesign.

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What will you learn in this online course?

23 lessons & 28 downloads

What will we do in this course?
2 minutes, 57 seconds
What is composition?
6 minutes, 14 seconds
The effective composition
8 minutes, 48 seconds
Particular considerations
8 minutes, 48 seconds
12 minutes, 12 seconds
Negative space
10 minutes, 8 seconds
English, Spanish
  • 97% positive reviews (688)
  • 17218 students
  • 23 lessons (3h 46m)
  • 28 additional resources (6 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: English, Spanish
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

What is this course's project?

Create an effective graphic composition for a poster, an album cover, a website, or a double-page for a print magazine. You can design from scratch or redesign a piece that you already have created.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

This course is for graphic, editorial, and digital designers. Also, for visual artists, publicists, or anyone with an interest in visual composition.

Requirements and materials

No previous knowledge is needed, but some basic notions of design will be helpful.

Regarding materials, you will need black paper, white paper, a pencil, and a computer with your preferred design software. Javier will be using Adobe Indesign.


17218 Students
688 Reviews
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Javier Alcaraz

A course by Javier Alcaraz

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Editorial and Typeface Designer

Javier Alcaraz is a graphic designer specializing in Typographic Design and Art Direction for Editorial Design. He began his design career for Argentina newspapers and worked on developing publications and institutional communication in Ecuador. In 2004, he left Argentina for Mexico, where he worked for important publishing houses like Grupo Media and Expansión.

In 2011, he founded elcerezo, a studio that works on editorial design, branding, and typeface design for clients in Latin America and Europe, including Google, the Mexican Ministry of Culture, TetraPack, and Forbes. He currently resides in Spain.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
    • What will we do in this course?
  • U2

    Composition basics

    • What is composition?
    • The effective composition
    • Particular considerations
  • U3

    Composition elements

    • Form
    • Negative space
    • Color
    • Typography
    • Iconography
  • U4

    Principles of visual composition

    • Keep it simple
    • Balance and movement
    • Define a center of interest
    • Contrast to organize
    • Repetition unifies
  • U5

    Proportions and other joints

    • Symmetry and asymmetry
    • The rule of thirds
    • The golden ratio
    • The proportional scales 1
    • Proportional scales 2
    • Grids: concept
    • Grids: application
  • FP

    Final project

    • Compositional Techniques for Graphic Design

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Compositional Techniques for Graphic Design. Design course by Javier Alcaraz Best seller

Compositional Techniques for Graphic Design

A course by Javier Alcaraz
Editorial and Typeface Designer. Campanet, Spain.
Joined November 2015
  • 97% positive reviews (688)
  • 17218 students