Back to School: 6 Intriguing Online Design Courses

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The Back to School season is upon us! At Print, that means we’re getting ready to brush up on our design skills with a great round up of upcoming online design courses at HOW Design University.

Want to brush up on brand strategy? How about improving your typography technique? Perhaps you’d like to learn about UX Design before the HOW Interactive Design Conference.

Whatever skills you’re looking to learn, HOW U has online design courses for you.

To celebrate, HOW Design University is currently offering half off any course with the purchase of any September course.

When you purchase a course beginning in September, you’ll get a code for 50% off ANY course—but you MUST use the code by September 15! See all eligible courses here.

I work with our amazing instructors, and let me tell you, these courses are a great way to jumpstart your design skills and fulfill education requirements for your job.

Here are some of my favorite courses coming up in September:

Preparing Your Portfolio Bootcamp

Preparing Your Portfolio Bootcamp

Is it time to create or refresh your portfolio? Are you ready to switch jobs or attract a freelance following? Then whip your portfolio into shape in this intensive Portfolio Bootcamp. Over the course of two weeks, design expert Denise Bosler will help you navigate the process of creating a knockout portfolio that not only reflects your talent, but also puts your work in front of the people who need to see it. At the end of the course, you’ll be armed with a fresh portfolio and poised to take the design world by storm.

This course begins September 15, 2014.

Register for the Preparing Your Portfolio Bootcamp.

Advanced Typography


You love good typography. But you know great type design takes work, and you’re ready to strengthen your typography skills and boost your design capabilities. This Advanced Typography course, the latest HOW U class from type expert Denise Bosler, will push the limits of your typographic knowledge with real-world design project solutions. You’ll gain hands-on type design experience through working with headlines, designing an infographic and crafting a visual concept for a multipage magazine article. Denise will show you how informed typographic decisions can create emotional connections and wow-worthy design solutions.

This course begins September 1, 2014.

Register for Advanced Typography.

Presenting Design Ideas and Concepts to Clients


A solid client presentation is just as important as the actual designs you’ve spent weeks finessing. You’re telling a story or presenting a solution to a business challenge. This two-week course explains and exemplifies why the actual presentation of work to a client can impact and sway how well the designs are received. This course is intended for anyone who works in the industry and often finds themselves in the spotlight presenting designs to a client, hoping for a big win.

This course begins September 1, 2014.

Register for Presenting Design Ideas and Concepts to Clients.

Design a Great Book Cover


Book cover design is a specialized talent, drawing in a buyer/reader to purchase the book, but also requiring that the design be true to the story line. A compelling cover design makes you pluck that innocuous book up off the shelf, open it up, and let the story transport you to a different, almost magical, place. The ability of great designer to convey the magic within with a single image that compels you to hand your time, imagination and heart over to the words within is not something that can be easily overlooked. In this online course, you’ll master the skills to design a great book cover. Plus, you’ll receive the best book cover design advice, inspiration and book cover design eye candy—all in one place. At the end of this course, you’ll walk away with three strong book covers for your portfolio.

This course begins September 8, 2014.

Register for Design a Great Book Cover.

Coding for Designers: JavaScript & jQuery


In this four-week course you’ll l
earn JavaScript and jQuery–the stealthy web languages that power much of the functionality we see in action online today. Enjoy a complete immersion into what they are, how they work, and how you can use them. This is not an online workshop for developers: It’s a course that focuses on code issues that impact designers and how to implement great visuals. This course is great for students who have successfully completed Coding for Designers: HTML & CSS and are ready to take the next step in building great websites.

This course begins September 1, 2014.

Register for Coding for Designers: JavaScript & jQuery.

D30: Exercises for Designers


Most of us who work as designers grew up making art, and it was our love of drawing, painting, crafting and/or taking pictures that got us here. Unfortunately, the deeper we get into the design business, the further we seem to find ourselves from the fun and skill-generating activities that produced both our talent and our enthusiasm. Jim Krause has been in the design biz for thirty years and this course is built around the hands-on extra-curricular art, design and photography activities Krause regularly enjoys in order to keep his creative world fun, his design skills sharp and his creative instincts relevant and usable. Click here to see some cool examples of his students finished projects, and what they’re saying about the course.

This course begins September 29, 2014.

Register for D30: Exercises for Designers.

If you buy any one of these September courses, you’ll get your code for 50% off ANY other course. But don’t forget, you must use the code by September 15!

See all of our qualifying courses and learn more about the Back to School sale!

Want to learn new design skills, but don’t have time to commit to a course? Check out our self-paced Independent Study courses available at MyDesignShop. (NOTE: Independent Study workshops do not qualify for the Back to School Sale.)

Here are some of our favorites:

28 Days to Your First WordPress Site Independent Study Workshop

Mastering Typography Independent Study Workshop

How to Design A Logo Independent Study Workshop