I have no college experience and am looking to learn UI/UX design through an online course. Are there any really good courses/resources that anyone knows of? Thanks.
Step 1: I want to make X
Step 2: Make X, using whatever resources are available (tutorials, books, etc)
Step 3: How could I make X better, get opinions
Step 4: Repeat steps 1-3
And whenever possible, get advice and feedback from people who are better at it than you are.
It makes you progress faster, and you learn some humility along the way.
+1 for Treehouse!
Thanks for adding Skillshare!
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+1 on Skillshare. I also didn't go to college for design (wasted that time on 'guitar performance'), and I wish resources like that were around when I learned.
Hack design is great and free. It provides nice path for beginners to learn. If you're completely new to design, I'd recommend starting here to learn some of the philosophy, concepts, and tools. If you're still interested, then go to something like Treehouse teamtreehouse.com ($25/mo.) when you're ready to start tactically learning how to use design tools.
Oh man... there are a ton of resources out there. Tutsplus has a lot of UI/UX courses and tutorials. As Ryan mentioned, Skillshare has some courses. Nathan Barry has a paid course you can buy. Team Treehouse has courses. The Sketch website I think has some videos. There are numerous books – a good start would be "Don't Make Me Think". Udacity has a course "The Design of Everyday Things", which is also a great book. I'm just scratching the surface here... Do some Google-Fu and you'll find a ton more resources. Don't limit yourself to UI courses, you should study design in a more general sense as well. The best thing to do (imo) is to check out some of those resources/tutorials and just dive in. There's no better education than just doing work and putting it out there for feedback. I'm of the opinion that design school isn't nearly as useful as it used to be. There's a great wealth of information at your fingertips. All it takes is some dedication, hard work, and the willingness to be humble enough to learn from those that have come before you.
Thank you for all of you're suggestions, you guys are amazing.
At Bloc, we teach and mentor apprentices in UX/UI design, in addition to full stack, front-end and mobile development.
We believe in learning by doing. Working with a one-on-one mentor, you can learn the fundamentals of design as well as build out a variety of projects that will help you craft the skills you need and want as a designer.
All of our mentors are full-time designers at startups, corporations, and some are freelancers, with many years of experience and a ton of expertise under their belts. All share a passion for teaching and sharing their knowledge.
If you're passionate about bettering yourself and learning UX/UI design, I'd highly recommend you check us out.
There's also a ton of other online resources you should explore, just as the others have mentioned. Here's a few more:
- Joel Marsh's UX Crash Course
- Udemy: Some free, some paid.
- Coursera: Depending on the time of year, there may be more or less.
If you ever have questions, shoot me an email at email@example.com.
- news.layervault.com (use the search function to find tons of great opinions on design in "ASK DN" articles.)
- ux.stackexchange.com (sign up, create an account, and start answering questions. Just use Google to find the answers. Best way to learn, if that's your thing.)
- Gibbon http://gibbon.co/ is great as well.
Stackexchange is a good idea, gotta try that out for sure!
Added Gibbon to the list.
I've had good mileage with www.skillshare.com. Lots of well-respected designers on there with their own curated courses.
http://tradecrafted.com/ is another great resource. It's not cheap and it's not an online resource, but it's not college either, and one the of the more fundamental things it will help get you is a network.
Also check out the books This Is Service Design Thinking, The Elements of User Experience and Sketching User Experiences. And check out some stuff Don Norman has writen on human-centered design. All very interesting stuff.
Once bitten, twice shy. Learn design means do it with passion, love the design! Secondary keep updated on trends, study UX, join DN community, Dribbble community, learning Photoshop and Sketch....and so on....
http://trydesignlab.com/ Pretty basic (completed it), but not bad as a beginning.
This looks, very interesting. How basic is it? Where the lessons good? Thanks.
There were no lessons at all, they just linked to articles to describe the things you need to know about design. However there were assignments, for example to design a blog post (with predetermined text) with text alone, no colors or whatever. The biggest benefit was that everybody has a mentor, which helps you at your designs. But in the end it was very basic. Not mich to learn if you have a basic understanding of design.
Checkout General Assembly, obviously not 'online' but very very good for picking up a base knowledge of visual design or experience design in a short period of time.
I worked with students from their classes when I was at The Guardian and the standard of knowledge is high. They also have an awesome employment rate.
As I mentioned earlier on a comment in this thread, Skillshare is an amazing resource. Highly recommend it.
One bit of advice to you though: When learning you'll be tempted to always ask "how" (ie "how did she make that icon") and that's great. So important to know your tools. However, at the end of the day remember to always as "why" more. The tools will change, the trends will evolve, but the purpose will always be there.
Good luck to you, and I'm excited to see your work!
When you say 'no college experience' do you mean no design study, or no college at all?