3 great resources to sharpen your design skills

Technology is always changing, and our skills need to adapt as new trends arise. Perhaps you are self-taught and don’t know Illustrator or Photoshop like the back of your hand. We are here to provide you with a few resources available to you to learn skills you didn’t even know you were missing!

Some of these programs are paid-for, and some have free options. None of them are the cost of a daylong boot camp. Take a look, maybe there is something for you.

  1. Udemy

Udemy is a global marketplace for learning and teaching online where students are mastering new skills and achieving their goals by learning from an extensive library of over 45 000 courses taught by expert instructors.

Udemy can be your cheapest option. They offer some free courses, and the rest are priced individually. It might be a little harder to find classes you’re looking for, as the lessons can be specific versus an overview of the program you want to improve in.

  1. Treehouse

Treehouse market themselves as a resource for coding (HTML and CSS predominantly), but they have a decent amount of design videos. You can browse through their design library to find Adobe Illustrator Foundations, Photoshop Foundations, and a whole slew of other relative items. Treehouse’s subscription starts out at $25/month. If you’re even remotely interested in learning web design skills, this is the place to do it. $25 is a whole lot cheaper than $1200 for a boot camp you might not even learn from.

  1. Lynda

Lynda.com is a leading online learning platform that helps anyone learn a business, software, technology and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals. Through individual, corporate, academic and government subscriptions, members have access to the Lynda.com video library of engaging, top-quality courses taught by recognized industry experts.

Lynda might be the most well-known resource. Lynda pops up whenever you google a skill, and you can often find shortened videos throughout YouTube. Lynda starts at $19.99/month with their basic package.


BONUS: Web Design

If you’re looking for a cheaper option to learn web design, and front-end development – check out Codeacademy. At Codeacademy, you can learn to code interactively for FREE. Check it out now to get started!

With the resources available today, there is no reason to fall behind in your design work. Take the time to invest in yourself and learn new skills to stay relevant in the job pool. We’ve used all three here at Twenty3Media and constantly go back and forth between sites to learn and improve our skillset. If you have other resources that you find useful, please share them with us in the comments section 🙂