I believe in continuous learning, so I often enroll in online courses. I thought I’d start keeping track of the courses I took and if what I write helps someone decide to take a course, then great!
DESIGN RULES: Principles + Practices for Great UI Design
Joe Natoli has to be one of the most entertaining instructors I’ve had the pleasure of listening to. Believe me, this is no small feat! Some of the instructors for other courses have left the listener parched from their bone dry delivery. However, Joe’s speaking style is engaging, and you’ll often find him laughing as he explains design principles. I’ve found his explanations of design concepts to be solid, relatable and understandable. No prior knowledge of design principles is necessary. I highly recommend this course for beginners or as a refresher.
The Sketchnote Handbook
Mike Rohde tells the story of visual note-taking. This isn’t a course simply about sketching. It’s about processing information utilizing written and auditory skills. Sketchnoting increases your ability to retain the information from meetings or seminars. This course was great, but I’m not going to lie. It is a challenging process that takes time and practice. At least for myself. I like to take notes and process afterwards.
Erik Kennedy’s Learn UI Design course is chock full of videos that cover fundamentals, color, typography, components, and real-world process. I really like his approach about breaking down good design by recreating it. When you recreate designs yourself, there are subtleties that reveal themselves during the process.
Five Simple Ways to Write More Clearly
OK, so this isn’t a design course, but it definitely relates to UX. This course was developed by a newspaper editor for newsrooms and is intended to help you make your writing concise. What user doesn’t benefit from clear and concise instructions and calls to action?