If you have ever wanted to learn graphic design, it's easier than ever to learn online at your own pace with plenty available courses offered on several different platforms, like Udemy, Skillshare, and others. Having researched quite a bit that's been made available on these sites, I found a curriculum that encompasses everything you would need for a career in graphic design.
Enter Lindsay Marsh, a freelancer who has worn many titles over 13-plus years, including Brand Manager, Graphic Designer, Social Media Expert, and so on. With all that she's learned over the years from classes at top design schools and being her own boss for over 13 years, she has taken to sharing her knowledge in grand fashion. While she has numerous classes on three platforms, covering different aspects of design and software, she has curated a full Graphic Design program that covers everything from the foundations of design theory, all the way through logo design, branding, and freelancing.
I honestly couldn't tell you the full amount of classes Lindsay has available, but she certainly is passionate about teaching and it shows. I had originally found Lindsay through a Udemy course on Learning the Entire Affinity Suite. As I have recently decided to focus on really learning design for myself, I went ahead and purchased her suggested curriculum, and I am absolutely loving it. Though I have only made my way through the first course, I have perused the content in the rest of the courses in order to share my thoughts on it.
Lindsay's full Graphic Design program is a 5 level structure (plus a bonus) of some of her best courses, following a logical order for mastery in the craft, as follows (including Udemy links):
- Level 1: Graphic Design Masterclass - This is the ultimate graphic design course, which covers Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, design theory, branding and logo design. This is a well-rounded class, including a great foundation in typography and design theory.
- Level 2: Graphic Design Masterclass Intermediate: The Next Level - This course continues with logo design, photo manipulation, package design, infographics, and portfolio building.
- Level 3: Logo Design Mastery (Focus Course) - This is a deep-dive into logo design theory, the creative process, working with clients, and mastering Adobe Illustrator.
- Level 4: The Branding Masterclass for Graphic Designers (Advanced) - This course includes the full branding process, including: sketching, graphic design, logo design, finding a target audience, client briefs and presentations.
- Level 5: The Freelance Masterclass for Creatives - This course has you building a portfolio, branding yourself, finding clients, and pricing your work.
- Bonus: Digital Design Masterclass for Graphic Designers - This course includes a ton of projects like creating an icon set, an e-book cover, designing for social media, web design, Adobe Xd, and more.
In addition to the incredible 60-plus hours of video content in this curriculum, Lindsay includes tons, and I mean tons, of downloadable supplemental material in each of the courses, including project files, templates, sample client briefs, worksheets, and other supporting documents. Plus, you also get access to an associated Facebook group page where you can share with fellow students of Lindsay's courses.
And, if you are so inclined, Lindsay produced an incredible PDF book titled "The Practical Guide to Design Theory" that is simply fantastic. This guide is almost 230 pages, and packed with information that will help in your journey to really understand design theory. And, it also comes with graphic design theory poster files that you can print or have as an extra resource, as well as a guide to Print Design, and a guide to Digital Design - Social Media Edition. Note that this resource is not available through Udemy, but you can purchase it here.
Now, you could purchase the listed courses in the full program separately at Udemy, or you can purchase the full program at her Teachable link. If you get the courses through her Teachable, the "Practical Guide to Design Theory" PDF comes with it.
Lindsay's teaching style is highly engaging, and you are constantly challenged with projects throughout her courses - projects where you follow along, as well as choices of projects you can do on your own using the teaching she provides. Her video instruction as she guides you through theory and concepts flows so well, and you get a mix of fantastic topic introductions with over-the-shoulder looks at her process. Lindsay shares her knowledge very well and gets you excited about each new topic.
All told, the massive amount of content in this Graphic Design curriculum is honestly the best and most comprehensive you are likely to find online. And though this curriculum is merely a suggested order of courses for a well-rounded education in graphic design, I think it works perfectly logically. I must note these courses are built on training with Adobe software, namely: Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign, but you can certainly translate to alternative software, like the Affinity products, or free software like Gimp, Inkscape, etc. However, the things you'll learn throughout make the lessons largely software independent.
This design curriculum is very well worth it for the full price, but Lindsay offers great discounts monthly at Udemy (lower than Udemy sale prices), as well as a discount for the full package at her Teachable link. I highly, highly, recommend these courses, as well as the separately available "Practical Guide to Design Theory." Lindsay obviously put a lot of time, love and knowledge into these courses. If you are thinking about learning design, please check this curriculum out.
Nick C Sorbin (Nick Charles) is a former Managing Editor of 9 years for Renderosity's CG Industry News. By day, a mild-mannered Certified Pharmacy Technician working in both home infusion and a hospital ER, contrasting creative outlets as a digital artist, sculptor, musician, singer/songwriter, and Staff Writer for Renderosity Magazine. Read his articles