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10 Skillshare classes for designers

10 skillshare classes for designers
10 skillshare classes for designers

It's official- I'm in love with Skillshare! I'm sure you all know this, but for those who don't, Skillshare is an online space where you can pay a small fee to take a class on one of your interests (like design, photography, or creative writing). I've enrolled in a few classes on design so far and just love them! I also have a ton of other classes saved to my wis list for the future. I thought that today I would share my faves with you (and also get your recommendations)! Here are 7 amazing Skillshare classes for designers to enroll in:

1. The first steps of hand lettering, concept to sketch by Mary Kate McDevitt

2. Digitizing hand lettering, from sketch to vector by Sean McCabe (I reeeeally recommend this one!!)

3. A hands on approach to label design by Jon Contino

4. Introduction to the art of modern calligraphy by Molly Jacques

5. Learn the ins and outs of Illustrator by Brad Woodard

6. Beyond the logo: crafting a brand identity by Courtney Eliseo

7. Build a HTML & CSS website from scratch by Jonathan Grover

8. Marketing: if you had $1 to spend, how would you spend it? by Jamie Viggiano

9. Pinterest for business by Nate Ginsburg

10. Building your first Wordpress website by Sarah Frantz (for designers who don't code, but would like to try!)

Leave me a comment letting us all know your favorite Skillshare classes, or tweet this post to share it with your friends! Next week I have another roundup of amazing Skillshare classes for bloggers to take, so I hope you'll stick around!

*This is NOT an affiliate or sponsored post. (I just love Skillshare.)

Advice for Self Taught Aspiring Designers

 
Advice for self-taught aspiring designers | Do you feel like you're not good enough? Not professional? Self-taught creatives are often in a better position than others. I'll show you why... This is the perfect article for you if you're a self-taught designer!

Do you want to be a designer, but don't think you know enough about design? Feel like you're tiny and worthless compared to the designers you admire? Do you doubt you could run your own business?

Well, then this post was written for you. Here is 7 pieces of advice I wish someone had given me when I was aspiring to be a designer:

 

 

1. Learn, learn , learn.

You don't have to go back to school to learn the ins and outs of design- I never did! What you need is an acute passion for learning. Read books and blogs on design and business, ask advice from other designers, take online classes, initiate your own design projects to get experience... Trial and error is the best teacher.

2. Believe in yourself.

You're on your way. Don't give up, just keep going.

3. Don't compare yourself to other designers.

They've been in this business for years now. They've had to go through the same trials you're going through, and they've had to learn the same things you're learning. We all start somewhere. Once upon a time, they were in the same position you're in now.

4. Get the equipment and software.

If you can, get yourself Photoshop and Illustrator. If you're really strapped for cash, start out with Photoshop Elements- the little sister of Photoshop CS6- to familiarize yourself with the basics. If you're going to be a designer, you're going to live in these programs. If you want to delve into the development side of things, TextWrangler for Mac is an excellent text editor for writing code.

5. Get some useful apps.

OfficeTime is my favorite app for time management and has helped me tremendously since the start of my design journey. MyPrice is an app that helps freelancers figure out what they should charge. iFontmaker is a fun app for designers that allows them to create their own font. And lastly, WhatTheFont allows you to upload an image of a font you like and helps you discover what it is.

6. Don't wait until you're ready.

You're never going to be 'ready' to start your own business, no one ever is. Know what I did? Same as most freelancers and entrepreneurs out there: I just dove in. Instead of hiding behind your lack of experience or financial comforts, just start your business.

7. Build an online portfolio.

Self initiate projects or work for friends and family- anything to build up your portfolio. Create a place online for you to store all of that work- even if its just on Behance. Anything will do to start with.

8. Join communities like Dribbble.

To gain valuable feedback on your work, join communities like Dribble or Hunie. It can be tricky to get invited, but once you're in there's a whole minefield of talented designers who will leave comments on your work and make suggestions on how you can improve it.

9. Talk to your family.

Tell them about your hopes and dreams to quit your day job and become a freelance designer. It's easier and much more fun to pursue your dream career once you've told your loved ones of your passion-powered plans and gained their support. I wouldn't be where I am today if it wasn't for my boyfriend. Since the mere age of sixteen, he was the person I rang from my day job in the city when I would cry in the toilets because I felt I could offer the world more than what I was, and hated being stuck in a 9-5 job. He was the person who pushed me to pursue what I was passionate about. And he is still the person who picks me up when I'm feeling crappy about my business and tells me I'll be OK.

Surround yourself with people who will support your dream, and you'll make it eventually.

If you're self-taught, what is your top tip for beginners?