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Graphic Design for Beginners

A course by Silvia Ferpal , Designer and Visual Artist

Designer and Visual Artist. Madrid, Spain.
Joined November 2013

Learn the fundamentals of design by giving shape to your ideas with images, typography, color, and composition

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  • 99% positive reviews (850)
  • 23671 students
  • Audio: Spanish, English, Turkish
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch

Learn the fundamentals of design by giving shape to your ideas with images, typography, color, and composition

A course by Silvia Ferpal

Graphic design is made up of several key concepts that anyone interested in pursuing this art form needs to know. Silvia Ferpal, graphic designer, visual artist, and winner of the 2019 Spanish National Design Award, teaches you the traditional principles of design that will help you take on any project that comes your way.

In this course, learn the four cornerstones of graphic design: shape, typography, color, and composition. Discover how to mold your ideas around these key concepts and create a visual universe based on your imagination, creativity, and graphic resources that you can use for your final project.

And if you want to learn how to develop your ideas and bring them to life, check out Silvia's course Techniques for Developing your Creativity.

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What will you learn in this online course?

17 lessons & 32 downloads

Literality / subjectivity
9 minutes, 36 seconds
Bauhaus and geometric shapes
6 minutes, 20 seconds
Laws of perception (Gestalt)
8 minutes, 17 seconds
Types of types
7 minutes, 57 seconds
The crimes
5 minutes, 12 seconds
The tricks
6 minutes, 9 seconds
  • 99% positive reviews (850)
  • 23671 students
  • 17 lessons (2h 18m)
  • 32 additional resources (3 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: Spanish, English, Turkish
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

What is this course's project?

Design a series of images that express your visual universe in template form for Instagram.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

Anyone who wants to get started in the art of graphic design or enhance their own designs, from client presentations to university projects. This course is also perfect for entrepreneurs interested in learning a new skill set to better express their ideas.

Requirements and materials

Basic notions of Photoshop, Illustrator, Sketch, or Figma are recommended, but not necessary.

The only materials you need are a pencil, paper, your cell phone camera, and a design program. In this course, your teacher uses the free design program Figma.


23671 Students
850 Reviews
99% Positive ratings

Silvia Ferpal

A course by Silvia Ferpal

Teacher Plus
Designer and Visual Artist

Silvia Fernández Palomar, better known as Silvia Ferpal, walks the line between art and design in her work. In 2019, she won the Spanish National Design Award in the youth category thanks to her unique approach to design that blends traditional disciplines with more contemporary forms of expression. She currently works as a freelance designer and teaches design at the IED art school.

She has collaborated on projects for Ogilvy & Mather, Paseo, Designit Madrid, Designit New York, and, more notably, on a design project for the Royal Spanish Academy which led her to live in Rome for the duration of it. Her client list includes Harvard, Bloomberg, Inditex, and Leroy Merlin; she also designed the official typography for the City of Madrid. Her work has been published by other major companies such as Corraini and Santillana.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
  • U2

    How do you create an image?

    • Literality / subjectivity
    • Bauhaus and geometric shapes
    • Laws of perception (Gestalt)
    • Shaping the project
  • U3


    • Types of types
    • The crimes
    • The tricks
    • Project: adding texts
  • U4


    • Perception
    • Color mixing and modes
    • Color palettes
    • Project: adding color and consistency
  • U5


    • Balance and grids
    • Schemes that work
    • Project: ordering the elements
  • FP

    Final project

    • Graphic design for beginners

What to expect from a Domestika course

  • Learn at your own pace

    Enjoy learning from home without a set schedule and with an easy-to-follow method. You set your own pace.

  • Learn from the best professionals

    Learn valuable methods and techniques explained by top experts in the creative sector.

  • Meet expert teachers

    Each expert teaches what they do best, with clear guidelines, true passion, and professional insight in every lesson.

  • Certificates

    If you're a Plus member, get a custom certificate signed by your teacher for every course. Share it on your portfolio, social media, or wherever you like.

  • Get front-row seats

    Videos of the highest quality, so you don't miss a single detail. With unlimited access, you can watch them as many times as you need to perfect your technique.

  • Share knowledge and ideas

    Ask questions, request feedback, or offer solutions. Share your learning experience with other students in the community who are as passionate about creativity as you are.

  • Connect with a global creative community

    The community is home to millions of people from around the world who are curious and passionate about exploring and expressing their creativity.

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Domestika's courses are online classes that provide you with the tools and skills you need to complete a specific project. Every step of the project combines video lessons with complementary instructional material, so you can learn by doing. Domestika's courses also allow you to share your own projects with the teacher and with other students, creating a dynamic course community.

All courses are 100% online, so once they're published, courses start and finish whenever you want. You set the pace of the class. You can go back to review what interests you most and skip what you already know, ask questions, answer questions, share your projects, and more.

The courses are divided into different units. Each one includes lessons, informational text, tasks, and practice exercises to help you carry out your project step by step, with additional complementary resources and downloads. You'll also have access to an exclusive forum where you can interact with the teacher and with other students, as well as share your work and your course project, creating a community around the course.

You can redeem the course you received by accessing the redeeming page and entering your gift code.

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Graphic Design for Beginners. Design course by Silvia Ferpal Best seller

Graphic Design for Beginners

A course by Silvia Ferpal
Designer and Visual Artist. Madrid, Spain.
Joined November 2013
  • 99% positive reviews (850)
  • 23671 students