Do you really need a degree to learn graphic design? No, not necessarily. Design is an art and just like painting, with practice, you can get better. Some of the resources I used were free and helped me out in more than just how to design and the theory behind it. I learned a wealth of information on marketing, pricing and value, licensing, and technique. Below are a few of my favorite resources:
  • Creative Live: Creativelive is a website with a ton of video lessons on different topics like how to use Photoshop, how to make money doing hand lettering, and also design basics. This site, however, is not free to use but they do have deals usually and they have LIVE NOW which is free to watch content for a certain amount of time. I did have the pleasure of watching a few different videos and I LOVE using Creative Live as a learning resource.
  • Udemy: Udemy is a site I have personally used and purchased a few courses. You can find some free content but you will have to pay for most of the lessons. They usually have deals where they offer some courses for $15. Which is a really good deal when most of them are usually $99+
  • Lydia: Lydia is a subscription based service. It costs $29 a month and you get unlimited access to thousands of courses. Including 700+ design courses. If memory serves me they do offer a free trial.
  • Skillshare: Skillshare is another great place to get lessons. They offer a 30-day trial but you can pay $15 a month for access or $10 paid annually. They offer classes, workshops, and projects.
  • Youtube: Youtube is, of course, free and offers a lot of tutorials in design, hand lettering, Photoshop, and Illustrator. I found this guy named TastyTuts, an experienced graphic designer, who goes over everything from design theory to essentials for design. He was super helpful with me developing more as a graphic designer.
  • Also Check Out: KAREN X blog post about what it takes to be a designer without design school. She is very helpful and points out things you may not even think about when considering getting started in design.

These are the resources I have used that have helped me develop more as a designer. I encourage anyone looking to get into design to check out these sites. If you have any other suggestions that you think belong on this list let me know in the comments!

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