6 Best Online Courses

Design / April 05, 2016 /

I love to learn new skills! Whether it’s for my professional life or personal, I’m always looking for ways to improve. How about you?

I’m assuming yes, because you’ve navigated to this post.

As designers, our field is always changing. Yet instead of taking night classes at a local college or University, we can rely on the Internet to help update our skill sets.

Thankfully there’s a plethora of online courses available and at any price point. You can easily become a Photoshop pro or earn a certificate in social media online. The options are endless.

I personally learn better by watching videos, and if you are like me, you’ll find the resources below helpful. They’ve definitely helped me throughout the years.

Here are my top 6 favourite online learning tools and courses you can use to help further your expertise. Best part, you can learn at your pace and track your progress. Enjoy!

01. LYNDA.COM

Lynda.com founded by Lynda Weinman is one of the most popular websites for online training and offers a wide variety of high-quality courses.

I’ve been a Lynda.com subscriber for over 10 years and I check out a topic every few weeks. I joined their website when they only had a handful of subjects. Now you can find tutorials on most subjects through their site. They also have an amazing selection of influencer interviews that I’m a big fan of.

Lynda.com was recently acquired by LinkedIn. If you have a LinkedIn account you can now connect the two and have your completed courses show up on your LinkedIn profile as lynda.com certificates. This can be a plus if you are looking for a job 😉

Learn more at lynda.com

02.TREEHOUSE

Treehouse is more focused on web and mobile development than other desktop applications. Through their courses you’ll be able to learn about HTML, CSS, WordPress, and iOS platforms for app development.

They have over 1000 videos created by expert teachers on web design, coding and business.

Treehouse breaks courses down into easy-to-digest chunks with quizzes and mini-challenges which are fun to do.

Learn more at teamtreehouse.com

03. SKILLSHARE

Skillshare is a learning community for creators. Anyone can take an online class, watch video lessons, create projects, and even teach a class themselves.

One of my favourite courses on Skillshare is Lettering for Designers: One Drop Cap Letterform at a Time by Jessica Hische a San Francisco based illustrator.

Learn more at skillshare.com

04. UDEMY

Udemy has a massive and varied catalog of self-paced online courses, many of which are free. It enables professionals to share or sell their expertise through courses.

Udemy courses are divided into sections and lectures. Lectures can be video micro-lectures, but they can also include audio, text, and presentation slides.

My favourite course on Udemy is Seth Godin’s Freelancer course.

Learn more at udemy.com

05.THE CREATIVE CLASS

The Creative Class by Paul Jarvis is an online business course for freelancers to help get more clients, better pay for designers, developers, writers and more.

It took me a long time to find a good course like The Creative Class. Learning the business side of things through this course will prove to be invaluable in your career.

I love Paul’s style of teaching, since he gives examples from his personal experiences. It’s nice to learn from an entrepreneur who has over 20 years of experience as a freelancer and who also understands the design side of things.

Once you sign up for his course you’ll also get access to a Slack channel where you can connect with hundreds of other freelancers to chat, brainstorm, talk pricing and get feedback.

Learn more at creativeclass.io

06. B-SCHOOL

B-School by Marie Forleo is an 8 week, interactive video-based training program that teaches smart, effective online marketing strategies to business owners who want more sales and more impact from their online presence.

If you’re looking to grow your business, this course is a must! It has proven to be very helpful in growing my personal business.

marieforleo.com/bschool