Back to School: 8 Upcoming Online Design Courses

Here at HOW, we’re so excited about the Back to School season that we’re offering select graphic design courses for half price with the purchase of one of our September courses.

Whether you’re looking to perfect your typography technique, learn to design a book cover, or hone your interactive design skills in preparation for the HOW Interactive Design Conference, we’ve got courses to fit your needs.

If you buy any one of our online design courses starting in September, you’ll get a code for 50% off ANY course—but you must use the code by September 15!

Here are a few of our favorite qualifying September courses:

UX Design Methods: Wireframes & Prototypes

500x500_UX-Design-Methods-Wireframes-PrototypesIn this four-week course, you’ll take an in-depth look at the use of wireframes and prototypes in the UX designer’s workflow. These seemingly simple tools have many nuances to them that can work for you—or against you. During this course, we’ll cover a range of strategies and methods for implementing these tools in an effort to optimize user experience. After all, wireframes and prototypes are key to your success as a UX designer.

This course begins September 1, 2014.

Register for UX Design Methods: Wireframes & Prototypes.

How to Start Your Own Freelance Business

500X500_How-to-start-your-own-freelance-businessIn this two week course, instructor Ilise Benun will cover the four main areas you need to know to be successful in your venture. You’ll learn about marketing and sales, client relations and etiquette, pricing and taxes, and how to establish a work/life balance. You’ll walk away with a solid understanding of how to get started on your own, and the tools you need to ensure you’re set-up for success.

This course begins September 8, 2014.

Register for How to Start Your Own Freelance Business.

Better, Faster Type

500x500_Better-Faster-TypeRecharge your type batteries with this fun fast-paced type creativity course that helps you sharpen your type skills, learn new ways to generate type solutions and unleash your inner type geek. This two week Power Course combines traditional typographic theory with hands-on experiences that will have your type going from drab to fab in no time. Join Denise Bosler, author of Mastering Type, for exercises, challenges and projects that will challenge your views on letterforms and strengthen your typographic prowess.

This course begins September 15, 2014.

Register for Better, Faster Type.

Creating a Responsive Web Design

500x500_Creating-a-Responsive-Web-DesignIn order to create a web layout based on your design comp, you really need to know only a handful of HTML tags and CSS properties. The real challenge comes in understanding the principles of how HTML and CSS work together, and how to incorporate graphics, text, and color using these technologies. This course will teach you a step-by-step approach to taking a Photoshop design comp into a finished, responsive web page that will render correctly in a wide range of web browsers and mobile devices. Plus, you’ll be learn from a fellow graphic designer who has over 20 years experience in print, web, and interactive design!

This course begins September 1, 2014.

Register for Creating a Responsive Web Design.

An Introduction to Intellectual Property Rights for Graphic Designers

500X500_Intellectual-Property-RightsIn this course, William M. Borchard will teach you what intellectual property rights are, how you can protect your design work, how you might be infringing the design rights of another, to what extent you can use another’s designs, and practical steps you should take for protection and to avoid infringement. Find out how these rights differ from each other and from the related rights of privacy and publicity, trade dress, domain names and trade secrets. Find out how these rights apply to the newer developments of web design, Internet sources and 3D printing.

This course begins September 1, 2014.

Register for An Introduction to Intellectual Property Rights for Graphic Designers.

Presenting Design Ideas and Concepts to Clients

500X500_Presenting-Design-Ideas-and-ConceptsA 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.


Preparing Your Portfolio Bootcamp

500x500_Preparing-Your-Portfolio-BootcampIs 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.

Breakthrough Logo Design & Branding Success

500x500_Breakthrough-Logo-Design-and-Branding-SuccessIn this course, Dr. Haig will break down this concept and teach you how to design logos that sell. He says it’s about credibility, and persuasive communication. In just two weeks, you’ll walk away with a greater understanding of how to plan a logo design project with your client, create effective logo design solutions, and be able to pitch yourself and your ideas.

This course begins September 8, 2014.

Register for Breakthrough Logo Design & Branding Success.

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!

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 a few of our favorites: