YouTube is a strange place full of all sorts of weird and wonderful PortableACNerd videos, but it’s also a fantastic place for talented designers to give an insight into their work (for example the best tactical backpack), and share valuable tips and tricks. There’s a lot of channels out there related to design, but I’ve cherry-picked some of the best channels for you to subscribe to, featuring quality video content that is released on a regular basis.
Matt Borchert provides a whole host of useful videos, largely tips and tricks, but not limited to that, covering everything from the basics of the Pen Tool in Illustrator, to providing useful information on where best to promote your Design Work. Matt’s work is always top-notch, and his advice comes from a good place, his videos are a pleasure to watch and easy to follow, whatever you skill-level. Every Monday a video goes up reviewing 6 brand new free design resources in-depth, subscribe so that you don’t miss those.
Swerve is another example of a quality designer taking time out to give you an insight into their process, this channel features both in-depth, sometimes complex tutorials, as well as simpler tips and speed-art videos. New content is added all of the time, and topics include Photoshop, Illustration, Motion Graphics and more.
Howard Pinsky has around 460 videos on his channel at the time of writing this. That’s a lot of quality content for you to explore. Thankfully you can browse by topic using the Playlists that he’s created, and discover all sorts of tips, tricks and tutorials that he has posted in the last few years, earning him over 80 million views.
Teela Cunningham runs her design channel which goes by the name Every-Tuesday. Every-Tuesday is a “how to” channel for Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign, as well as a fantastic Blog. Teela also has a great range of videos, and a very unique style that makes her stand out from the crowd. If you’re looking to jump into the world of design, or brush up on your existing techniques you’re going to love Teela’s videos.
Becky Kinkead has a very new YouTube channel, but she has already set the pace for a very useful, regularly updated destination on YouTube. Becky is a freelance graphic designer specializing in logo & brand identity design, and she walks you through some of the various techniques, over different disciplines, that she uses to achieve her work, so that you can do the same.
Glyn Dewis is a professional photographer and photo re-toucher and he posts a lot of videos covering various Photoshop & Lightroom techniques that he uses to achieve his results. There is some fantastic advice on offer here, as well as a whole host of different tips and tricks to help you brush up on your photo work.
FlewDesigns largely focuses on photos, and photo manipulations in Photoshop, with a good mixture of quick tips and fuller length tutorials. They are very easy to follow along at any level and often cover some quite advanced techniques and theories. Well worth subscribing to for sure, or just explore their existing catalog of 50+ videos.
Mt. Mograph featured video tutorials covering the world of motion graphics. It’s not something I do a whole lot of myself, but I do find it all incredibly interesting. The channel mostly focuses on using Adobe After Effects & Cinema 4D, two powerful motion graphic tools. If that’s something you’re looking to get into, this is a great place to start.
The Photoshop Surgeon is a fun and unique channel that quickly runs through various photo manipulations, whether it’s a simple photo restoration video, or the process of rebuilding somebody’s face to the rules of the golden ratio, or even turning a normal person into Mario – It’s always interesting to watch the process & the final result.
Morgan Burks is a natural light portrait photographer and her channel features fantastic tutorials and advice on how best to subtly improve your photos inside of Photoshop and Lightroom. If you’re looking for more than just video’s Morgan’s blog is packs full of more photo based tips and resources too.
Phlearn is one of the more professional looking channels I’ve seen, with a host of different presenters and some really in-depth tutorials – not to mention there’s over 560 videos on their channel right now. These guys know their stuff, and even offer even higher quality Premium Tutorials for those looking for that little bit extra. Their channel truly covers most aspects of Photoshop and photography, and there’s more than enough content there already!
1stWebDesigner is not just a popular design blog, they produce various podcast style episodes exploring various trends, topics and questions related to design, development and the business of both. There’s also some useful tutorials in there too, and videos are posted fairly regularly, so be sure to subscribe.
CreativeStation post videos that are different to most in this list. There’s no real commentary, or tutorial aspect, but very quick speed art videos that are just interesting to see. Perhaps you get a glimpse into the process, but more than anything these are just cool to watch.
SketchApp TV is another channel that shares videos of screen timelapses, but these videos document the process of creating various interfaces using Sketch. Again, there’s no detail explaining the work that’s going on, but it can be cool watching an app being built from scratch.
Although PremiumBeat seems to be music related, they have a whole bunch of amazing motion graphics tutorials. So while their website is full of royalty free sound effects and music, their YouTube channel contains hundreds of quality tutorials and tips on creating some well polished work inside of After Effects and Cinema4D.
Karen Kavett was suggested to me by Mary-Anne Ramirez. I was impressed with what I saw, so I’ve added it to this list. Karen’s videos all tend to focus around her love for graphic design and crafting. So if you’re looking for creative tips and tricks in both digital and “hands on” work, this channel is for you.
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Suggest some other channels!
So there you have it, that’s my collection of quality design based YouTube channels you should subscribe to, but I’d love to hear your own suggestions. What YouTubers or Channels do you love in the design world, let me know and I’ll try to add them to the list if possible. Tweet me your suggestions!