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.
A weekly series exploring over 50 core design concepts, from the 80/20 rule to storytelling, all based on Will Lidwell's landmark design books, Universal Principles of Design.
John McWade walks us through the identity redesign for a small frame shop, reviewing the "before" and reframing the "after."
Comic book illustrator and video game artist Daniel Lieske shares the tricks of the trade in this Photoshop training course, designed specifically for artists who want to transition their skills to a digital canvas.
Learn three analog techniques for creating textured typography: hand-cut type, transfer-textured type, and type with a chalky or hand-drawn look.
Learn why grids are so important and how to use them to create strong and consistent designs.
Learn how to quickly capture the atmosphere and mood of a landscape like an artist, and take the next step from sketching at home to sketching outside.
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.
Take this 5-day challenge to exercise your imagination and draw a few alternate takes on reality. Share your work with the hashtag #5daydraw.
Learn how to design a business card that is eye-catching and functional.
Make your layouts more visually interesting and your images more powerful with cropping.
Learn how to design brochures that are both stylish and cost-effective.
Improve your drawing skills! Take a 5-day drawing challenge and experiment with different ways to draw.
John McWade, founder of Before & After magazine, rebuilds a poorly designed informational sign, demonstrating the best, most engaging ways to showcase complex information.
Learn how to hand-letter type and turn your letterform drawings into pristine vector graphics and custom typography.
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.
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.
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.
Make your creative brainstorming sessions more effective and productive with these tips from creativity coach Stefan Mumaw.
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.
Learn how to collect and enhance real-world textures and integrate them into your digital designs.
Guides you through five interactive training exercises for boosting your creative output and producing even more innovative ideas.
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.
Deconstructs popular logos to explain why and how they work, and offers a methodical approach to creating a logo in Illustrator and Photoshop.
Discover how the 33 laws of typography can help you design documents that are beautiful and easy to understand.
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.
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.
Learn how to design icons for use on the web, in print, and on different operating systems, with Adobe Illustrator.
Learn to draw in one-point perspective with SketchBook Pro 7.
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.
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.
Learn the seven characteristics of ideas that resonate, and discover how to connect with your audience in a big way.
Learn how to design compelling and effective marketing collateral, including brochures, business cards, posters, media kits, and promotional pieces like holiday cards and swag.
Learn the core skill areas (color, typography, and layout) as well as the core tools (Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator) used in graphic design.
Learn how to produce engaging and powerful concepts and compositions for print ad campaigns.
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.
Learn how to break out of rut. Stefan Mumaw offers rut-busting techniques that give you the nudge you need to start moving again.
4 scientifically based design principles that designers can leverage to create stronger logos.
Breaks down the fundamentals of drawing, from line, tone, value, and light to negative space, perspective, and composition.
Communicate complex ideas quickly and thoroughly with data visualization. Turn information into artwork and intrigue your audience.
Learn how to sketch with the iPad and SketchBook Pro, and make digital drawing a natural, regular part of your artistic process.
Learn basic graphic design principles anyone can use to make business documents more visually appealing.
Learn how to build a mailing list, design your messaging, and decide on a format for your next direct mail campaign.
Explore tertiary color, the neutral browns and greys that make vibrant colors pop and subtle paintings possible.
Learn to add the illusion of depth to your artwork with the effective use of color and contrast.
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.
Break an image down into its basic shapes and learn how to effectively compose a drawing or painting.
Celebrated designer and AIGA president Sean Adams shares his sources of inspiration, hints for staying on top of trends, and advice for new designers.
Learn how to curate and present a mood board that will keep your project, your design team, and your clients on track.
Challenges preconceived notions about creativity and provides valuable tools that will help unlock this skill to help you generate better ideas faster.