Today, we’re going to talk about learning because learning is something that never stops when you’re a designer. When I was getting started with design, I went to design school and I studied a bachelor of design with honors in visual communication design but since finishing University and being out in the real world, there’s still a lot more learning to do the things that I perhaps didn’t learn during my degree or just things I need to supplement my learning on and my favorite way to learn these days is through online courses and this video. I want to tell you about three online courses that I’ve taken and we found a lot of value in and give you some advice for selecting online courses to take yourself.
Enrolling In The Class
My favorite online course I’ve ever taken is the designers pricing class by the new school. I enrolled in this class and quite a panic one day when a big client project came in and I really had no idea how to price it before then. I just been doing fairly small freelance things charging a couple of hundred dollars each, but this was brand-new has line that I knew I should be charging thousands of dollars rather than hundreds and I didn’t know how to justify the pricing and how to figure it out.
They’re really well written well scripted. They’ve got lots of funny bits thrown in as well which made the course really enjoyable to take most importantly though. Of course, they gave really valuable information in it, and I learned how the price my work how to create a proposal and I know for sure. Some of the tips and tricks I learned during this course are what helps me win a few freelancing jobs, and I’m very glad that I took it as great quality and well worth the 297 dollars that it costs. So if you’re new to freelancing and if you’re trying to figure out this whole pricing thing this is the course for you to take next up is a course that I’m doing at the moment and that is Treehouse.
Now Treehouse isn’t online code school is basically how I described it and they’ve got many different tracks that you can take. So rather than purchasing one course you purchase a subscription and then you and I’ve in and take as many of the tracks or courses as you like at the moment. I’m going through the WordPress one because the convertkit website is built on WordPress. And so that’s what I need to learn but there’s many others in there and I learned a lot of code Basics through Treehouse when I was getting started in this coding Journey Treehouse subscriptions are $25 a month, I think and again, it’s well worth it the quality of all of the tutors and the videos and the lessons are really excellent and really worth your money what I like to is that interspersed. In video lessons, there’s little tests or maybe it’s a coding test.
We have to write something and then they’ll check it or maybe it’s a quiz where it’s like multiple choice, but it’s really great for keeping your brain active and making sure that you’re taking in all the information that you’re learning which can sometimes be a problem for me with online courses. So I really appreciate that and if you’re wanting to learn to code then Treehouse is where I would suggest you start. The last one is one of the first online courses that I purchased and that is learn lettering by Sean McCabe. This is an expensive course. I’m not going to lie it cost. And $99 for the master class and I was lucky enough to buy it before the price went up. This is of course as the name suggests for learning littering. I’m going to be honest. This is a very long course and I’ve not even finished it yet because lettering hasn’t been much of a priority for me, but I’ve got access for lifetime. So I know that it’s going to be there for me whenever I want to dive in and take a lesson and I’ve been through quite a bit of it in all of the videos are amazing quality as you would expect from trauma K because everything he does is amazing quality and he’s really good at teaching the basics of lettering. My favorite part of this class though and the most value I’ve gotten out of it is the business side. So we’ve got several levels of this class is like a starter intermediate and in the master class and in the master class that features not only learning lettering but learning the business side of it as well how to sell yourself as a lettering designer and be a freelancer creating lettering for people for clients and it’s that business side that I found to be incredibly useful and it’s helped me throughout all of my freelancing projects and he gives like a proposal template and a contract template that I still use to this day.
Combining Business With Learning And Creativity
And for me, that’s what makes this course really worth it is the business side combined with the learning creativity side. So those are some of my favorite online courses and I will say that personal recommendations go a long way when you’re selecting an online course, I personally like to take something when I can see other people have taken it as well. Maybe there’s some testimonials and they can tell me what value they’ve gotten from it so I can judge for myself what value I’ll get from it as well. If you search for the thing you want to learn and Google you’ll likely come across many different courses, but I would say the number one thing thing to think about when choosing an online course before parting with your money is who is teaching it understand the course creators back story where they came from what they do what the quality of their workers like and the quality of the rest of their content is like so it’ll give you a good judge as to what the course will be like as well.
Basically just make sure that you’re investing in something that has someone behind it who is a professional who knows what they’re doing and can be trusted and you can probably tell this from their social media and the output of their other content and again through testimonials.