Top courses for web designers

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March 24, 2021
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The web design industry is changing – and growing – rapidly. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Employment of digital designers and web developers is projected to grow 8 percent from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations”. So if you’re thinking about starting a web design business – or looking to upgrade your web design skills – you may want invest in one of these online courses.

LinkedIn Learning

Linkedin Learning (previously Lynda.com) is a subscription-based online educational platform that helps you discover and develop business, technology-related, and creative skills through expert-led course videos.

Some of their most popular web design courses include:

(Beginner) Adobe XD Essential Training: Design: Learn how to create and collaborate on web and mobile app designs using Adobe XD in this first installment of a two-part series.

(Intermediate) Photoshop for Web Design: Learn how to use Photoshop for modern web design workflows through a responsive web design project that includes setup, using templates, making comps, and exporting for the web.

(Advanced) CSS: Advanced Typographic Techniques: Explore a number of advanced CSS typographic effects, including text shadows, animation, transforms, and transitions.

How much is it?

LinkedIn Premium Subscription plans include access to LinkedIn Learning at no additional charge.

With a LinkedIn Basic (free) account, LinkedIn Learning is:

Monthly: 1-month free trial and then $34.99/month

Yearly: 1-month free trial and then $24.99/month

What do the reviews say?

"LinkedIn Learning is jam-packed with practical, actionable educational material for online learners. The materials are applicable both for the beginning and intermediate learner and the focus is largely on job skills." e-student.org

“LinkedIn Learning has an incredibly wide range of content. The quality of courses is mixed, however, and the classification system for courses could be better, because sometimes it's hard to find what you want.” PCmag.com

“LinkedIn Learning offers personalized course recommendations based on your skills and interests giving you a filtered selection of courses to suit your needs. Once you complete a course you will receive a certificate of completion which you can share via your LinkedIn Profile. If recognition of completing a course is what you are looking for, then you are considering the right platform.” Upskillwise.com

Treehouse

Treehouse is an online technology school that offers beginner to advanced courses in web design, web development, mobile development and game development taught by a team of expert teachers.

The Treehouse Web Design Track is an organized set of courses where students learn how to design and build websites via the basic principles of design like branding, color theory, and typography. Some of the courses include Web Design Basics, Enhancing Design with CSS, and Responsive Layouts.

How much is it?

Treehouse Courses: Start with a 7 day trial, then $19.99 per month

What do the reviews say?

“The website couldn't be simpler to use: You can easily find courses, see your progress, and access the student forum right from your dashboard.” PCmag.com

“The projects will build a robust portfolio, and the Slack community offers a unique level of peer and staff support. Learn at your own pace and avoid paying tens of thousands for a bootcamp.” Switchup.org

“Treehouse offers 300 video-based training courses ... [that are] professionally shot, the quality of instruction is first-class, and everything is constantly updated to take newly emerging technologies into account (new content is released weekly). " creativebloq.com

Udemy

Udemy is the world’s largest selection of courses with over 130,000 online video classes on a variety of topics. While other online education resources are subscription-based, Udemy features a pay-per-course structure.

Some of their most popular web design courses include:

Beginner:

Intermediate:

What do the reviews say?

“If you want to learn a new skill or develop a current one, Udemy is a great option for learning. Though some of its programs can be pricey, the site offers several economical and free instructional courses. We recommend Udemy for its varied assortment of coursework, simple payment structure and lifetime access.” Consumer Affairs

“Things we liked: Huge variety of courses, easy to navigate, no technical issues, seems to care about its users. Things we didn't like: Pricing can be confusing, a bit dry in the feedback department.”bitdegree.org

Skillshare

Skillshare is an online learning community with thousands of classes for creative and curious people, on topics including illustration, design, photography, video, freelancing, and more.

Some of Skillshare’s web design courses include:

(Beginner) Fundamentals of Adobe Illustrator for Web Design: Getting Started with the Basics (I): This class is perfect for anyone looking to learn more about Adobe Illustrator, get started in web design, or for those who already know Illustrator but wanted to use it for web design as well.

(Intermediate) Responsive Web Design: Creating Flexible Websites That Last: This 60-minute class is a comprehensive, behind-the-scenes look into responsive design. Key lessons include: Building fluid grids as your website’s foundation and creating flexible images that adapt to your screen

(Advanced) Web Design Using Sketch, Flexbox, and JQuery: This class takes a boot camp/peer coding approach, combining creative, design, and technical "over the shoulder" training that not only tells you how to build but shows you how to style applications using Sketch 3, Flexbox, jQuery, and my ACDC methodology.

How much is it?

Skillshare has a free version, which is ad-supported and gives you access to select video classes and their related content, such as PDF workbooks and community discussions.

Its Premium membership ($19 per month or $99 per year), unlocks the entire catalog of courses, and lets you download classes to the Skillshare mobile app to watch offline.

What do the reviews say?

“Skillshare is a compelling way to indulge your brain at a fair price.” PCmag.com

“The Skillshare dashboard is a wealth of inspiration. The ability to quickly navigate to my saved lists of classes, see courses my favorite teachers are facilitating, and even view what’s hot across the platform—it starts to quench my thirst for knowledge from the moment I sign in.” e-student.org

“Along with learning from your computer or phone, you’ll have a chance to join a community of people who are interested in learning the same topics as you are. This will help you stay motivated and could even turn into networking opportunities for you.” Careersidekick.com

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