A couple of years ago, I was considering going back to school to get a degree in Graphic Design. I was seeing all of these cool designs out there in the world and I said to myself, “I want to do that!”
However, I’d just finished a master’s degree program studying yoga and creativity and it wasn’t really a practical option for me to go back to school again. So I started scouring the web for courses that I could take to learn more about design.
That’s when I became a bit of e-course junkie.
I began taking courses left and right and learned so many of the things that before left me in that mystified, “How did they do that?” state.
If you too are interested in learning more about design, I highly recommend any of the following courses:
Design Basics + Tools
Web Design + Blogging
- Blogging Your Way (Holly Becker)
- Your Darling Blog (Jo Kilma)
- A Beginner’s Guide to Pairing Fonts (Tuts+)
- Typography (Nicole’s Classes)
Surface Pattern Design
- The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design (Rachel Taylor)
Examples of work I did for some of these courses: 1. Website Mock-up (Your Darling Blog Coursework) | 2. Repeat Pattern Collection (ABSPD Coursework) | 3. Motif Sketches (ABSPD Coursework)
There is still so much more I want to learn and the idea of going back to graphic design school is still rolling around in the back of my brain somewhere, but these wonderful courses have got me started. And my desire to learn more hasn’t ended there!
Next up on my design e-course wish list:
- Create Handdrawn Vector (Design Garden)
- The First Steps of Hand-Lettering (Skillshare)
How about you, have you taken any of these courses or any other courses to learn more about design?
Artist Eliza Lynn Tobin wants to live in a world where a full bloom, creative life is something worth cultivating. When she’s not drawing botanicals or creating yoga poem paintings, you can find her reading fantasy books, adventuring in Idaho or getting her down dog on with a cup of tulsi tea.
This is awesome! I just got Illustrator and feel like such a newb. Definitely signing up for that Illustrator course — thanks! 🙂
There are so many great online courses for design. My only problem is finding the time to sit down and do them!
I have the same problem! I have a huge list of courses but during the week I can’t even thinking about taking a class and in the weekend a prefer spend time with my family. Courses required perseverance and time.
Your work is so stunning, Eliza!! Thanks for sharing all these great resources! I’ve been wanting to take the Art and Business of Surface Design course. This sure is inspiration to do it!!
this is great – thanks for all the links! Ive been thinking of going to college to do Graphic Design but maybe e-courses are the way to go?!
You will love the Design Garden class!! I took it last spring along with just about everything on Nicole’s Classes. I am currently taking Make Art That Sells from Lilla Rogers and think it might be the best one I’ve ever done. Happy learning to everyone 🙂
thanks for the info you have shared with us!!!
It´s my dream to learn graphic design, but I can´t go to college right now, newborn and need to work 🙁
I´ll try some of the courses when I get the time
Thanks so much for including Your Darling Blog Eliza! xx
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