Design Skills

John Hersey

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  • view course page for Before & After: Graphic Design Best Practices

    John McWade presents a weekly series that touches on all areas of design, helping designers new and old sharpen their skills and create more powerful work.

    4m 47s
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  • view course page for Artist at Work: Developing a Composition

    Learn to think about composition in terms of the visual interest and implied story by watching artist Mary Jane Begin create a brand-new comp from scratch.

    34m 2s
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  • view course page for 5-Day Drawing Challenge: Drawing Your Own Reality

    Take this 5-day challenge to exercise your imagination and draw a few alternate takes on reality. Share your work with the hashtag #5daydraw.

    50m 20s
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  • view course page for Designing a Business Card

    Designing a Business Card with Nigel French

    Learn how to design a business card that is eye-catching and functional.

    1h 4m
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  • view course page for Before & After: Cropping Photographs

    Make your layouts more visually interesting and your images more powerful with cropping.

    46m 58s
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  • view course page for Designing a Brochure

    Designing a Brochure with Nigel French

    Learn how to design brochures that are both stylish and cost-effective.

    2h 35m
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  • view course page for 5-Day Drawing Challenge: Different Ways to Draw

    Improve your drawing skills! Take a 5-day drawing challenge and experiment with different ways to draw.

    46m 10s
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  • view course page for Before & After Case Study: Informational Sign Redesign

    John McWade, founder of Before & After magazine, rebuilds a poorly designed informational sign, demonstrating the best, most engaging ways to showcase complex information.

    35m 50s
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  • view course page for Drawing Vector Graphics: Hand Lettering

    Learn how to hand-letter type and turn your letterform drawings into pristine vector graphics and custom typography.

    4h 25m
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  • view course page for 5-Day Drawing Challenge: Drawing Closer to Nature

    Exercise your drawing skills and become better at seeing and capturing the world around you with Von Glitschka's 5-day drawing challenge focused on drawing and personifying nature.

    43m 57s
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  • view course page for Foundations of Design Research

    Reignite your design process by incorporating relevant design research. This course introduces design research so that designers understand how critical it is to being able to construct great designs.

    2h 57m
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  • view course page for Foundations of Acrylic Painting

    Learn to paint with acrylics. Will Kemp shows how to unleash your inner artist, providing an introduction to the materials and techniques used in acrylic painting with three step-by-step follow-along painting projects.

    3h 14m
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  • view course page for Brainstorming Basics

    Brainstorming Basics with Stefan Mumaw

    Make your creative brainstorming sessions more effective and productive with these tips from creativity coach Stefan Mumaw.

    43m 6s
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  • view course page for The Five-Step Creative Process

    Don't just generate a list of ideas; follow Stefan Mumaw's five-step process and make sure you are developing the most-effective solutions for your creative challenges.

    19m 45s
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  • view course page for Creating and Using Textures for Design

    Learn how to collect and enhance real-world textures and integrate them into your digital designs.

    4h 8m
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  • view course page for Creativity Bootcamp

    Creativity Bootcamp with Stefan Mumaw

    Guides you through five interactive training exercises for boosting your creative output and producing even more innovative ideas.

    48m 48s
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  • view course page for Foundations of Graphic Design History

    Focuses on the hows and whys of graphic design history, from Art Nouveau to new wave, detailing the development and evolution of specific styles, techniques, and genres.

    2h 16m
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  • view course page for Logo Design Techniques

    Logo Design Techniques with Nigel French

    Deconstructs popular logos to explain why and how they work, and offers a methodical approach to creating a logo in Illustrator and Photoshop.

    3h 38m
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  • view course page for The 33 Laws of Typography

    Discover how the 33 laws of typography can help you design documents that are beautiful and easy to understand.

    2h 53m
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  • view course page for Evan Cheng, Character Designer

    Evan Cheng, character designer for Sesame Workshop, explains how a daily drawing practice and an alter ego helped him evolve his artwork and his career.

    9m 10s
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  • view course page for Print Production Essentials: Direct Mail

    Learn how to design and send cost-efficient, engaging direct mail campaigns that follow all of the guidelines of the US Postal Service while "pushing the envelope" creatively.

    2h 10m
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  • view course page for Creating Icons with Illustrator

    Learn how to design icons for use on the web, in print, and on different operating systems, with Adobe Illustrator.

    2h 7m
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  • view course page for Drawing One-Point Perspective

    Learn to draw in one-point perspective with SketchBook Pro 7.

    1h 12m
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  • view course page for Storytelling for Designers

    Storytelling for Designers with Stacey Williams-Ng

    Bring the art of storytelling into your designs. Learn how to borrow the tricks writers, filmmakers, advertisers, and comic-book artists use to tell great stories, and apply them to graphic design.

    58m 9s
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  • view course page for Getting Started in Graphic Design

    Learn how to get started in graphic design, with training from lynda.com. Kristin Ellison provides an overview of key design concepts, and points you to courses in our library to further your education on those important topics.

    21m 19s
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  • view course page for Ideas that Resonate

    Ideas that Resonate with Stefan Mumaw

    Learn the seven characteristics of ideas that resonate, and discover how to connect with your audience in a big way.

    35m 42s
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  • view course page for Foundations of Layout and Composition: Marketing Collateral

    Learn how to design compelling and effective marketing collateral, including brochures, business cards, posters, media kits, and promotional pieces like holiday cards and swag.

    1h 43m
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  • view course page for Introduction to Graphic Design

    Learn the core skill areas (color, typography, and layout) as well as the core tools (Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator) used in graphic design.

    5h 58m
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  • view course page for Designing a Print Ad

    Designing a Print Ad with Craig Smallish

    Learn how to produce engaging and powerful concepts and compositions for print ad campaigns.

    1h 40m
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  • view course page for frog's FEMA Disaster Relief Innovation

    Find out how the design firm frog helped FEMA create a plan for a community-run disaster relief program in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

    24m 53s
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  • view course page for Breaking Out of a Rut

    Breaking Out of a Rut with Stefan Mumaw

    Learn how to break out of rut. Stefan Mumaw offers rut-busting techniques that give you the nudge you need to start moving again.

    33m 30s
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  • view course page for The Science of Logo Design

    The Science of Logo Design with William Lidwell

    4 scientifically based design principles that designers can leverage to create stronger logos.

    45m 3s
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  • view course page for Foundations of Drawing

    Breaks down the fundamentals of drawing, from line, tone, value, and light to negative space, perspective, and composition.

    2h 24m
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  • view course page for Data Visualization Fundamentals

    Communicate complex ideas quickly and thoroughly with data visualization. Turn information into artwork and intrigue your audience.

    3h 41m
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  • view course page for Drawing on the iPad with SketchBook Pro

    Learn how to sketch with the iPad and SketchBook Pro, and make digital drawing a natural, regular part of your artistic process.

    1h 21m
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  • view course page for Graphic Design for Business Professionals

    Learn basic graphic design principles anyone can use to make business documents more visually appealing.

    2h 9m
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  • view course page for Direct Mail Strategy

    Direct Mail Strategy with Trish Witkowski

    Learn how to build a mailing list, design your messaging, and decide on a format for your next direct mail campaign.

    2h 2m
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  • view course page for Artist at Work: Tertiary Colors

    Explore tertiary color, the neutral browns and greys that make vibrant colors pop and subtle paintings possible.

    45m 32s
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  • view course page for Artist at Work: Creating Depth of Field

    Learn to add the illusion of depth to your artwork with the effective use of color and contrast.

    1h 6m
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  • view course page for Artist at Work: Textures

    Artist at Work: Textures with Mary Jane Begin

    Add visual texture to your artwork with color, pattern, and a variety of brush strokes. Break up repetitive strokes and static blocks of color for more dynamic images.

    35m 56s
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  • view course page for Artist at Work: Color as Shape

    Break an image down into its basic shapes and learn how to effectively compose a drawing or painting.

    1h 9m
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  • view course page for Insights on Graphic Design

    Celebrated designer and AIGA president Sean Adams shares his sources of inspiration, hints for staying on top of trends, and advice for new designers.

    32m 14s
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  • view course page for Developing a Mood Board

    Developing a Mood Board with Nigel French

    Learn how to curate and present a mood board that will keep your project, your design team, and your clients on track.

    18m 43s
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  • view course page for Creativity Training: Generate Ideas in Greater Quantity and Quality

    Challenges preconceived notions about creativity and provides valuable tools that will help unlock this skill to help you generate better ideas faster.

    1h 2m
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  • view course page for Artist at Work: Creating a Visual Hierarchy

    Learn to use tone, color, and glazing to establish a visual hierarchy in your artwork and designs.

    34m 54s
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  • view course page for Running a Design Business: Creative Briefs

    Learn to write and use a creative brief for client-commissioned projects and ensure you have a roadmap for developing great design.

    1h 13m
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  • view course page for Artist at Work: Complementary Colors

    An award-winning illustrator sits down at the drawing board to explain how complementary colors can make your artwork and designs more compelling and vibrant.

    18m 32s
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  • view course page for Foundations of Color

    Foundations of Color with Mary Jane Begin

    Learn the properties of color, and how to use it to tell stories, create moods, draw attention, and add new possibilities to your creative toolbox.

    1h 57m
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  • view course page for Developing Ideas and Design Concepts

    Learn to communicate and develop an idea through brainstorming and sketching.

    1h 39m
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  • view course page for Foundations of Logo Design

    Foundations of Logo Design with Von Glitschka

    Learn to avoid pitfalls, improve your design process, respond to demanding clients, and solve the creative problems that are involved in building a brand's identity.

    2h 34m
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