The best way to learn design is by doing projects, not just reading about it.
We give you a series of weekly interactive lessons, vetted by experienced design educators, intended to train you in various aspects of product design thinking and execution.
At the end of each lesson, you'll get a hands-on project that will help you practice that area of design. You'll also see a gallery of work from your peers on each project.
After you complete each exercise, you upload your work for the world to see. Over time, you'll build up an impressive portfolio that will be a fun way for you to track your progress.
Our goal is to get you up to speed on the fundamentals of design principles with carefully curated content and projects that will help you practice your skills. Along the way, you'll be building a diverse portfolio of design work that you can share with friends and future employers. We'll cover the following foundational areas of web design:
Artistic fundamentals (line, form, texture, contrast, balance, harmony, color theory, visual communication, symbol, grids and layouts)
User interface/user experience design
Usability & affordance -- site maps, navigation, understanding of usability, screen sizes, etc.
Information architecture, ux design, wireframes
If you're curious, here are some sample project briefs:
Evaluate your strengths, weaknesses, and goals - and design a personal logo for yourself in 30 minutes
Go to the nearest subway/bus station. Examine the flow of traffic, the layout, and the station signs - and come up with some improvements based on what you find.
Design a one-page flyer for a new restaurant using at least *five* different typefaces. Make it look cohesive.