Learning graphic design online from home without spending a fortune is now far more feasible than it was a few years ago. There are several online colleges offering graphic design courses but the problem with a lot of these are they are very expensive. If you can’t afford or haven’t got the time available to study graphic design at college or university there are now cost effective options.
Learning graphic design online from home with video training
If you want to learn logo design check out my video course for beginners
Lynda.com now offers video training in Graphic Design NOT JUST how to use the Software
You may have already heard of http://www.lynda.com they have been offering video based courses in many different design programs which is great but they didn’t really have anything to teach you the principles of design. Fortunately this has all changed and they now include courses such as
- Designing a Logo Hands-On workshop
- Designing Business Cards Hands-On Workshop
- Designing a Brochure Hands-On Workshop
- Designing an Event Poster Hands-On Workshop
- Designing a Newsletter Hands-On Workshop
Along with this they also feature videos of creative inspirations where artists and designers discuss their work. Lynda.com offers subscriptions starting at $25 month where you can watch their entire video library. Lynda.com is available on a subscription basis of $25 month to watch all their video collection. You can get a free 24 hour pass to lynda.com here
Learning graphic design using sample design briefs
Once you have a good understanding of design and layout the best thing to do is start practicing, on graphic design blog I have a section with sample design briefs which you can try or alternatively you can write your own briefs.
Graphic design software
Try to learn the main graphic design packages if you can afford to, most give educational dicounts or at least let you download trial versions. For print Quark or Indesign, Photoshop and Illustrator. For Web you might look at Dreamweaver or Flash or just use a text editor. If you can’t afford the main packages you could look at open source options shown in the video below.
Getting help learning graphic design
There are a few graphic design forums if you need someone to help you. Take a look at my design resources page (near the bottom of the page) where you will find a list of design forums. My design resources page also has a good list of places you can find cheap and free royalty free images to use in your designs.
Keeping up with what’s happening in graphic design
There are a lot of great graphic design blogs that provide excellent information to help you learn graphic design as do graphic design books. Also don’t forget printed magazines, the majority include tutorials Computer Arts, Net Magazine, Web Designer Magazine, Creative Review (inspiration rather than tutorials).
With a lot of hard work you can teach yourself graphic design