Maintaining and growing this blog requires a lot of learning – HTML & CSS, Photoshop, Illustrator, photography, styling, etc. Not to mention learning the business-side of running a successful blog. If you’re a new blogger or an aspiring designer, then there are a number of great online resources to help you go from novice to professional in no time – many of which are free or incredibly cheap. I’ve grown my design and blogging skills by taking online classes, watching tutorials, and voraciously reading articles and infographics. With the sheer volume of content available for consumption, it can be hard to determine what’s worth the time. This is particularly true for online classes, which often charge a class fee and can take up several weeks of your time. I’ve relied heavily on recommendations from other bloggers and designers as to what online classes are worth taking. So in the spirit of knowledge sharing, here are some of my favorite online classes:
Blogging Your Way e-Course:
This blogging e-course is taught by rockstar design blogger and best-selling author, Holly Becker of Decor8. There is an incredible amount of information packed into this online class and is great for the beginning blogger. The class touches on a number of topics, including blogging best practices, photography, moodboards, social media, etc. When I finished this class, I had giant binder of information that I still continue to reference as my blog grows. This class always sells out, so if you’re interested in enrolling, I would definitely visit the course site and sign up for the newsletter.
Skillshare is a global marketplace for e-courses. The classes are taught by highly-skilled, real-life creatives on topics ranging from design to fashion to food to website coding. The class fees are incredibly cheap, around $15-$20. I just started taking my first class through Skillshare this week on digital illustration and I’ve already learned some incredible tips. I would highly recommend looking through the course offerings and if you’re a creative yourself, consider becoming a Skillshare instructor!
Nicole’s Classes offers a curriculum of online classes in photography, design, and Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign. Just like Skillshare, the instructors are highly-skilled, real-life creatives. I have taken three classes through Nicole’s Classes (Illustrator and web design) and find that my skill level increases substantially by the end of each class. One of the best parts of taking a course through Nicole’s Classes is the office hours with the instructor. Online classes can feel impersonal and Nicole’s Classes manages to provide the support you would typically get if you were to enroll in a class at your local college.
Alt Channel Classes:
For those of you who can’t attend the popular (and always sold out!!) Altitude Design Summits, then the Alt Channel is the next best thing. Many of the classes featured are replicas of real conference workshops. Classes focus on a number of blogging topics, including blog management, business tactics and design. Classes are incredibly cheap at $15. I have taken a number of these classes and they have proved very helpful. On occasion, Alt teams up with big name companies, like Bing and the classes are free!
Here are some other great resources to consider if you’re looking to expand you skill set through online classes:
How do you expand your skill set? Do you have any resources you can recommend?