Advancing your design skills, or starting from scratch is easier now than it ever has been, largely thanks to a huge amount of free information out there on the web. I’m not much of a reader, so I like to get my design education fix in the form of videos. Luckily for me (and you guys) there’s a whole host of fantastic video content out there to help with your design knowledge & techniques. Here’s my list of places to learn about design on YouTube…
Spoon Graphics – Free Design Tutorials
Spoon Graphics on YouTube is home to the amazing tutorials of Chris Spooner who also runs a very popular design blog, and has thadone so for many many years. Chris has always produced quality design work, tutorials and resources and he’s recently been posting very frequently on his YouTube channel, walking you through a number of different Photoshop techniques from photo manipulation and editing, to creating unique graphics and layers styles.
Tutvid is home to all sorts of design based tutorials, covering everything from video editing to Illustrations and graphic design. If you’ve got access to the Adobe creative suite and want to expand your knowledge in each software, then Tutvid is a fantastic place to follow along with some well executed design techniques across a bunch of different Adobe software, by Nathaniel Dodson.
Made by Mighty is a tutorial channel created by Simon, who is an Art director / graphic designer / hand lettering enthusiast – he also happens to have a fantastic collection of work on Instagram. Simon makes tutorials with a very relaxed style and produces some amazing artwork, walking you through every step of the way – mostly using Photoshop and Illustrator.
Mango Street is create a ton of fantastic tutorials, tips & explainer videos about the process of shooting & editing photo or video. Their motto is “Photography tutorials that don’t waste your time” and they make good on their promise! Their videos are always super cheerful and highly inspirational, so if you’re looking to delve a little deeper into photography or video production, check them out. Catch them on Twitter or Instagram too!
Dansky is home to the design tutorials of Daniel White who again features tutorials on a range of different software, so if you’re looking for some creative knowledge outside your comfort zone, this is the place to go. The end results of Daniel’s tutorials are always top notch, and his presenting style makes it easy to follow along and learn something new.
PHLEARN is a channel that focuses on providing the best Photography and Photoshop tutorials, videos are added very regularly and most videos come with free sample documents via their website, which according to them is the #1 Photoshop training website in the world. PHLEARN is a whole team of people these days, and you can follow their latest updates via Twitter.
EveryTuesday / Teela Cunningham
EveryTuesday is a channel by Teela Cunningham, a fantastic design who creates some fantastic work and resources when he’s not creating weekly design tutorials covering a lot of lettering and various style effects which she’s very good at. So good in fact that Teela has her own Learn Font Making Class which you can sign up for – and check out the fantastic results that were made by previous classes! For now though, check out her fantastic librarby of YouTube videos and follow Teela on Twitter.
Jesse Showalter doesn’t just limit his tutorials to software, although he features plenty of useful UI & UX Design / Photoshop / Sketch tutorials, he also goes a lot further and shares some of his experience from within the design & development industry – dealing with clients, starting out with wire-framing, and some useful design principles. Jesse’s channel would be a great place to go if you’re thinking of pursuing a career in design and want some real world advice, as well as some clever and useful techniques along the way. Be sure to follow Jesse on Twitter too!
Ian Barnard is a highly talented hand lettering artist from England, his Instagram photos and videos rack up huge views and he creates quality resources & fonts for you to download – but best of all, Ian likes to share his process with us, so you can learn various lettering techniques and tips for free on his YouTube channel. Follow Ian on Twitter & Instagram too.
Antti Karppinen produces some very unique videos teaching you about various photo re-touching techniques. In one of my favourite videos (embedded here) he walks you through a very interesting way of matching colour tones in Photoshop when building a composite of different source images, something I’ve never really worked out how to do, even after using Photoshop for over 10 years. Antti has won international awards for visual artistry & commercial photography, so you know you can trust his advice!
Greyscalegorilla, founded by Nick Campbell to focus on 3D (Cinema4D) and motion graphics based tutorials. A lot of the videos are very in depth and these guys actually produce their own premium 3D & motion graphics resources via their website, where you can also catch a lot of live streams if you want to follow along with some discussions and tutorials live.
Will Paterson is a a Freelance Graphic Designer specialising in Logo Design and Brand Identity who creates fantastic videos walking you various aspects of his work, giving you a look into his processes for various aspects of his work and design life along the way, including advice for working with clients, tricks in Photoshop & Illustrator, and even some insightful Q & A’s. It’s a real mix of topicsbut the quality is always there. Follow Will on Twitter.
Creatnprocess have wonderful tutorials that focus mostly on Photoshop and Illustrator, taking you step-by-step through some very handy techniques that you can use to keep your graphic design skills topped up! They have an impressive 8 Million+ views, and are worthy of a spot in this list. Follow Creatnprocess on Twitter and drop them a thank you.
Pixel & Bracket
Pixel & Bracket by Spencer Martin features a LOT of videos, Spencer is a very creative individual and he posts a good number of videos each week, which tend to focus on Adobe software, mostly Photoshop & Illustrator. There’s also some advice on wider topics, even an insight into running a YouTube channel, if tutorial making is something you we’re thinking of getting in to!
The Good Side of YouTube
So there you have it, after a year of controversy and idiots grabbing the headlines, we are reminded that YouTube can be a force for good, we are very lucky to have such amazing knowledge at our fingertips and making this sort of content is not easy, so each one of these creators has my utmost respect for going out of their way to provide top quality, free design education that you can watch absolutely anywhere, that is pretty magic.
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I’ll be sure to grow this list, so please tweet me your suggestions for other amazing channels we should all be following for design education.