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UX, interior, graphic, multimedia, art director—design really does sound glamorous, even to those of us who could barely make it through Intro to Art in high school.
But just because you’re no artist doesn’t mean it’s not the right field for you, or that you can’t pick up some awesome skills to use in whatever role you’re in.
That’s what online education is for! For those of you who don’t want to go back to school to break into the design field, these online classes should do the trick in boosting your resume (and your expertise).
1. Typography That Works: Typographic Composition and Fonts, Skillshare
Length: 36 minutes/ 10 videos
2. Color Theory for Artists and Designers, Alison
Once you understand typography, why not try learning about color, too? This free class covers all the stuff you need to know about picking and mixing colors in a visually stunning way.
Length: 3-4 hours
Sketch is a designer’s ultimate tool. Learn how to control workflows, create documents, and use Craft (a super-handy Sketch plug-in) in this comprehensive online series.
Length: 8 videos
Adobe Illustrator is another one of those programs every designer should have in their back pocket. This short (and cheap) class covers the basics—and is taught by a 3D expert.
Length: 1 hour, 43 minutes/ 29 lectures
5. Graphic Design Basics: Core Principles for Visual Design, Skillshare
The thing about design is that a lot of it is about having good taste. Which means there are several principles you need to understand. This short course walks through five essential ones, and techniques for criticizing yours and others’ work with a keen design eye.
Length: 36 minutes/ 8 videos
6. Basic Graphic Design for PowerPoint, Udemy
Sure, you’re not ready to be a full-time designer, but you’d like to be able to make your presentations more attractive. This is the perfect class for you! It’ll teach you how to manipulate, arrange, and design slides that are engaging and beautiful—and convince anyone to buy into your ideas.
Length: 1 hour/ 14 lectures
Length: 11 hours, 15 minutes/ 89 lectures
8. Photoshop for Creative Professionals, Pluralsight
Cost: Free with trial, $29 a month
Length: 38 hours/ 16 courses
Length: 1 hour, 57 minutes/ 30 lectures
If you’d like even more design training, The Muse’s in-house designer Marcy Milks recommends checking out Lynda—it’s her favorite site for all kinds of tutorials (and it has a free 30-day trial). Her favorite categories include Music, Animation, Marketing, Photography, and Video.