Introduction to Minimalist Graphic Design

A course by Rafael Bernardo
Designer, Typographer, and Author. Munich, Germany.
Joined October 2021
, Designer, Typographer, and Author

Hone your perception skills and learn how to create clean, expressive designs using basic shapes

  • German with subtitles in English
  • 92% positive reviews (24)
  • 594 students

Hone your perception skills and learn how to create clean, expressive designs using basic shapes

German with subtitles in English
  • 92% positive reviews (24)
  • 594 students
  • 14 lessons (2h 21m)
  • 17 additional resources (4 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: German
  • German, Spanish, English, Portuguese, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

Do you believe less is more? Minimalism is a concept that everyone knows about in some shape or form. In this online course, learn how to achieve maximum expression with minimum resources alongside designer, typographer, and brand developer Rafael Bernardo. He takes you through his perspective on minimalism and guides you step by step to consciously simplify your design process.

Work with your hands, not the computer! All you need is black and white paper, as well as cutting and pasting tools. Design a poster with a message using only basic shapes: squares, triangles, and circles. Test your perception and sharpen your creative senses.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. introduction
  • U2
    U2. preparation
  • U3
    U3. Minimalist designed poster
  • U4
    U4. More inspiration
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Begin the course by meeting Rafael Bernardo, who talks you through his creative background. Discover where he finds inspiration and how he is able to view anything from a minimalist perspective.

Next, cut basic geometric shapes out of card stock and start exploring their possible uses as design elements. Then, play with the relationship between the various elements and try out different compositions before diving into letter design and capturing their shapes in a series of sketches.

After warming up, let your imagination take over! The most important part of your poster is the message. Embrace the unpredictable as you accompany Rafael in the design process and work through your own sketches.

Once your poster is ready, consider how to present it, both in your portfolio and on social media. Then, Rafael shows you some options for photographing your poster effectively.

As a finishing touch, your teacher introduces you to a tool that allows you to optimize your creations. He teaches you how to use stencils to combine basic shapes and work faster on your compositions.

What is this course's project?

Design a poster with the message of your choice using only black and white paper and basic shapes: squares, triangles, and circles.

Who is this online course for?

Design professionals of all experience levels. Beginners can learn how to create powerful design elements with basic geometric shapes, those who haven't found their creative path yet can discover tools to create new forms, and those who work in design can adopt a fresh perspective and apply it to their everyday work.

Requirements and materials

No prior knowledge is required to take this course, just a keen interest and the eagerness to design!

To work on his project, Rafael uses photography card stock, although you can use whatever materials you prefer, as long as you can cut the shapes with a cutter and ruler. In addition to a cutting mat and glue, a sketchbook will also come in handy.


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Rafael Bernardo

A course by Rafael Bernardo

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Designer, Typographer, and Author

Rafael Bernardo is a typographer, designer, brand developer, creative activist, and author. He is passionate about shaping communicative spaces, and the drive to keep honing his creative voice has kept this passion alive for more than 20 years. The foundation stone of his work is minimalism. Rafael begins the design process by asking himself this question: what do you need to convey a message in a direct and simple way? He explores his methodology and creative development in his book, Be Water My Friend.

In his career as a freelance designer, he has worked with clients from a variety of industries, including Rosenthal, Porsche, and Siemens, as well as on a prevention project for a health insurance company. He also tries to make a positive contribution through his design work and collaborates with non-profit organizations, such as Viva con Agua.


  • U1


    • About me
    • inspirations
  • U2


    • materials and tools
    • Basic geometric shapes
    • geometric construction
    • layout and composition
    • find letters
  • U3

    Minimalist designed poster

    • Find a statement
    • The design of the poster
    • creation 1
    • creation 2
    • creation 3
  • U4

    More inspiration

    • Put the poster in the limelight
    • stencil
  • FP

    Final project

    • Introduction to Minimalism - Black and White Design

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Introduction to Minimalist Graphic Design. Design course by Rafael Bernardo

Introduction to Minimalist Graphic Design

A course by Rafael Bernardo
Designer, Typographer, and Author. Munich, Germany.
Joined October 2021
  • 92% positive reviews (24)
  • 594 students