Places other than college to learn design

over 9 years ago from , Making Things at Martini

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.


  • C___ F_____C___ F_____, over 9 years ago (edited over 9 years ago )

    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

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    • Louis-André LabadieLouis-André Labadie, over 9 years ago

      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.

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  • Elmar HaneveldElmar Haneveld, over 9 years ago (edited over 9 years ago )




    Learning design is doing design. Try and error. Make apps and websites and ask others the things you don't know. Good luck!

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  • Michael LeeMichael Lee, over 9 years ago


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    • Kyle CaseKyle Case, over 9 years ago

      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.

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  • Coulter PattonCoulter Patton, over 9 years ago (edited over 9 years ago )

    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.

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  • , over 9 years ago

    Thank you for all of you're suggestions, you guys are amazing.

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  • Joey KirkJoey Kirk, over 9 years ago

    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:

    If you ever have questions, shoot me an email at joey@bloc.io.

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  • Dirk HCM van BoxtelDirk HCM van Boxtel, over 9 years ago (edited over 9 years ago )
    • 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.
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  • Ryan WoodRyan Wood, over 9 years ago

    I've had good mileage with www.skillshare.com. Lots of well-respected designers on there with their own curated courses.

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  • Jeff SmithJeff Smith, over 9 years ago

    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.

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  • Account deleted over 9 years ago

    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.

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  • Vincenzo Petito, over 9 years ago

    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....

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  • Christian Krammer, over 9 years ago

    http://trydesignlab.com/ Pretty basic (completed it), but not bad as a beginning.

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    • , over 9 years ago

      This looks, very interesting. How basic is it? Where the lessons good? Thanks.

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      • Christian Krammer, 9 years ago

        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.

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  • Jessica PhanJessica Phan, over 9 years ago


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  • Lee Simpson, over 9 years ago

    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.

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  • Keaton PriceKeaton Price, over 9 years ago

    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!

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  • Pablo StanleyPablo Stanley, over 9 years ago


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  • barry saundersbarry saunders, over 9 years ago

    When you say 'no college experience' do you mean no design study, or no college at all?

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