So you want to be a designer? – 7 places you can learn to design beautiful stuff for free

You have made the decision.You want to be a designer. Now you are trying to figure out where to start and how to start… Thinking of buying some books, searching on Google for “design tutorials” and not sure where to start?  Although I have studied design at university, I have always relied on web resources to boost my skills in Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects and in coding. Not saying the uni did not teach me, but I have always been “over-curious” and wanted to learn more & more….. This is a list of some great places on the web, where you can start with the basics and deepen your knowledge. What I love about learning on the web, is that I can learn things on my own pace and sometimes when you really suck at something, nobody will be around you (I am talking about this really smart guy sitting next to you at uni, who does everything in no time and it is always great), to look at you with a pity.But what I really do not like, is when you create something really really great, nobody is around you to see it…  However, I believe that this web places will help you to  gain new skills, to deepen your knowledge in design and you will totally have fun.

Codecademy

codeacademy

Codecademy is a team of hackers working hard to build a better way for anyone to teach, and learn, how to code.

You can learn:

  • Web Fundamentals – How to build websites; HTML and CSS; Style and design
  • jQuery – Interactive websites; Web animations; Manipulate HTML/CSS
  • JavaScript – Programming basics; Develop JS apps; Build games
  • Projects – Combine HTML/CSS/JS; Build web applications; Share projects
  • and also Ruby, Python & APIs

Treehouse

treehouse

Learn to build websites, create iPhone and Android apps, code with Ruby on Rails and PHP, or start a business.

You can learn:

  • Website design and building
  • Programming 
  • iOS development
  • Android Development

Learnstreet

learnstreet

Whether you are completely new to coding or a developer looking to learn a new language, LearnStreet courses make it engaging and fun to create with code.The interactive courses are designed to help you learn by actually writing real code and getting immediate feedback.

You can learn:

  • Javascript 
  • Python
  • Ruby

WebPlatform

webplatform

You can learn:

  • HTML
  • CSS
  • JavaScript
  • SVG
  • Web programming
  • Test web apps
  • Graphics (3D)

Hackdesign

hackdesign

You can sing up here with your email address and you will receive a design lesson in your mailbox. All the lessons are developed by design professionals.

You can learn:

  • Responsive Web Design
  • Typography Essentials
  • Colour Management and UI Design
  • Photoshop Secrets 
  • and many more

Method & Craft

methodandcraft

Method & Craft is dedicated to educate you on more efficient, creative, and engaging ways to create your design using video tutorials, articles, and interviews. Really amazing content here, and you will find it very useful.

30 Days to Learn HTML & CSS

30 Days to Learn HTML & CSS

A Free Tuts+ Premium Course! The course is 100% free and always will be, no strings attached. It is instructed by veteran web developer and trainer Jeffrey Way. If you are determined to learn, at the end of the course you will have a new website created by you.

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