"But Meg, how do I start learning graphic design and learning to code?"
Hey! I’m glad you asked! I am really excited that you want to begin your journey into design and/or development. Every time I get the opportunity to add another one of us to the world? It makes me feel warm and fuzzy.
First, Some Advice from your friendly neighborhood unicorn
My advice to those wanting to start out in graphic design and/or coding is this: We have all been at the beginning, and it’s going to seems a little overwhelming at first.
But don’t quit!
It means you are growing!
(I still tell myself this as I am learning something new, or get stuck.)
Practice makes... You better!
Graphic Design and Coding are skills! No one is inherently a creative or programming genius. You have to practice a skill to get better at it, and that’s going to take some time. But every single minute you put into learning and practicing this stuff is going to pay off in the long run. It will feel slow and tedious at times - But, then you will hit a sweet spot where its fun again, and boom - a hit of dopamine keeps you going!
"So, where do I start? Is it hard to learn graphic design and/or learn to code?"
The best thing about graphic design and coding is: There is a multitude of ways to learn them that are available RIGHT NOW. And, you will be able to learn it in a way you learn best! Here are some ways I recommend you try!
Check Out These
Graphic Design and Coding Courses
- SkillShare.com (graphic design, illustration & coding)
- FreeCodeCamp.org (coding)
- Udemy.com (graphic design & coding)
- Google Digital Garage (graphic design)
- LinkedIn Learning (graphic design & coding)
Watch Some Internet TV
Graphic Design and Web Development YouTube Channels
- Adobe Creative Cloud (graphic design)
- FreeCodeCamp.org (coding)
- SatoriGraphics (graphic design)
- Ted Talks On Design
- Brads Art School (illustration)
- Bardo Brush (illustration)
Get Inspired By And Learn From Others
Graphic Design and Web Development Inspiration Sites
- Pinterest (search anything related to graphic design, coding, illustration and more!)
- Instagram (Search for graphic designer and follow the hashtags!)
Graphic Design and Web Development Blogs
Graphic Design and Web Development Books
- HTML and CSS: Design and Build Websites
- You Don't Know JS Yet: Get Started
- CSS Pocket Reference: Visual Presentation for the Web (Pocket Reference (O'Reilly))
- Steal Like An Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative
- The Principles of Beautiful Web Design
- SitePoint's Premium library
Graphic Design and Web Development Newsletters
Listen to these!
Graphic Design and Web Development Podcasts
- Developer Tea
- Frontend Happy Hour
- Creative Pep Talk
- Smashing Podcast
- Design Matters
What design programs should I start out with?
Graphic Design and Web Development Programs
You can use Adobe Creative Cloud or if you don’t want to pay $$$, but still want to practice some design skills? Try these out!
- Inkscape (vector Drawing / illustrator equivilent)
- Gimp (digital photo manipulation / digital painting/ Photoshop equivilent)
- Visual Studio Code
Build Your Portfolio
I love this community because I can always ask for help, an extra pair of eyes, and encouragement from others!
Cool Graphic Design and Web Development Communities
- Twitter (Yes, THAT twitter. Look up graphic designer, or web developer - ask questions via hashtags! Make new friends!)
- Reddit Graphic Design
Find anything else interesting? Let me know! This list is always evolving, and I am sure I am missing some cool stuff - so make sure to bookmark and come back to see if anything changes!