Online Design Courses

By Ann Green

Sensorium by MUTI

Nowadays, design is an important part of every profession; even technical writers, though mostly relying on screenshots, design something for their documentation to make it more readable.

Graphic design, in particular, will teach you plenty of useful skills that you will be able to use not only as a graphic designer but jump start you to be a web-designer, interface designer or even a user experience designer.

Being a pro in page layout and typography opens plenty of doors before you. So if you want to be a part of this sphere, here are some popular and interesting courses that will help you.

What you’ll learn

  • A clear understanding of how to work with BOTH print and web projects in Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign.
  • The skills and confidence to create things like flyers, business cards, web graphics, and more.
  • How to build a skill set that can set you up to be employable in the creative industry as a graphic designer.

Requirements

  • Have access to the Adobe Creative Suite, including Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign.
  • Be proficient with using a computer
  • Some creative skills (drawing, photography, etc.) are helpful
  • A desire to learn design

At the end of this course you will have learned:

  • how to explore and investigate visual representation through a range of image-making techniques;
  • basic principles of working with shape, color, and pattern;
  • skills of typography;
  • the principles of composition and visual contrast.

If you complete the course, along with its optional (but highly recommended) briefs, you will have a core set of graphic design skills that you can apply to your own projects, or to more deeply investigate a specialized area of graphic design.

To succeed in this course you will need access to a computer. You can complete this course without one but it will be tougher. Access to, and a beginner’s level knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite programs, such as Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign will help you, especially if you want to complete the optional briefs.

In Color for Designers: Exploration, Theory, & Application, Richard Mehl (a developer of this course) will give you a foundational understanding of color theory principles and demonstrate how to apply them. Richard has studied alongside design legends, Paul Rand, Bradbury Thompson, and Herbert Matter and in this class he’ll share insights gleaned from 12 years of teaching and writing about color in design.

Richard will discuss:

  • Color terminology and meaning
  • How to view color in context
  • Contrast grids and color illusion
  • Tips for creating harmonious color palettes

What this course includes:

  • 20 Video lessons in HD
  • Exclusive bonus content
  • Lifetime access, anywhere, anytime
  • Streaming and offline access on desktop and mobile
  • Offline sync with our iPhone & iPad apps
  • 100% satisfaction guarantee

This course will teach foundational graphic design principles (fonts, colors, images, backgrounds, and layouts) and how to apply them to your own Canva designs.

By the end of this course, you will have the skills you need to create stunning graphics that stand out from the crowd! This course includes:

  • Module 1: The Introduction to Canva
  • Module 2: Fonts, Colors, and Images
  • -Type terminology; creating a font palette; typographic techniques.
    -Introduction to the color wheel; creating a color palette.
    -How to use grids, transparency, photo filters.
  • Module 3: Backgrounds, Layouts, and Shapes
  • -How to create beautiful backgrounds using images as backgrounds.
    -How to use shapes in your design to create infographics or add visual interest.
  • Module 4: Wrap Up

To be honest, there is no one ideal course because all courses are useful and will definitely improve your skills and help to get new interesting projects. So, choose any course and start your journey!