Learn, Teach, Design: HOW U’s New Course Platform

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Excellent news, everyone! HOW Design University got a much-needed facelift. The new site is responsive, user-friendly and absolutely gorgeous. If you’re familiar with the online design courses at HOW U, head on over to see the new site.

Never taken online design courses with HOW U?

I have to say, it’s pretty awesome. It’s a program of online graphic & web design courses and bootcamps that let you learn alongside some of HOW’s best-known presenters and the most influential designers in the industry.

Our awesome instructors include top-notch designers—many of whom you’ll recognize from our design conferences—and creative professionals who are thrilled to share their expertise with you.

At HOW U, you’ll learn from the likes of…

These fine designers will teach you about typography, responsive web design, logo design, freelance business development, branding and a heck of a lot more.

We had all of that before, but now we have a great new responsive platform to go along with it. We surveyed our community of designers, and they told us what they’d like to see in our online education platform. We’d like to think we’re pretty good listeners, so we implemented all of the tips HOW readers submitted and rounded them up into this gorgeous new site.

Check out the new HOW U site and explore our courses.

(Not sure which online design courses to take? Keep reading—we’ll show you a few really good ones.)

What if you’d rather be an instructor than a student? Well…

Teach an Online Design Course (and earn money doing it)

I am, admittedly, a little biased in my opinion of HOW U, especially considering I’m an instructor for one of the courses, but I didn’t used to be! I took several of the courses on HOW U before I ever dreamed of teaching my own course.

If you’re interested in earning money by teaching a HOW U course, we can make that happen too! Let me tell ya—it’s a blast. I highly recommend it. It doesn’t cost you anything to get started, and you’ll earn money for your work. If you’re an expert in logo design, web design, typography or just about any other field in the design world, you’d be a great addition to our ranks of impressive instructors.

Learn more about teaching HOW U courses here.

6 Upcoming Online Design Courses at HOW U

We have all kinds of courses at HOW U—interactive design courses, typography courses, logo design courses, courses that last one to four weeks, and continuous courses that you can take at your own pace over the course of 6 months.

At the moment, all of our online design courses are 50% off or more, so now is a great time to register for some of them.

Beyond the Color Chart Bootcamp


with Jude Stewart

Color is critical to any successful design project – yet nailing the ideal color palette for a project is notoriously tough. Which colors connote the ideal blend of feelings, attitude, outlook and timeliness suitable for your brand? This course will teach you to wield color more intelligently in your graphic design practice. REGISTER HERE.

Better, Faster Type


with Denise Bosler

Recharge 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. REGISTER HERE.

Building Responsive Websites with WordPress


with Jesse Freidman

In this course you’ll learn how to manage and maintain a responsive WordPress website. Jesse Friedman will teach you about responsive web design best practices, technology and how to design dynamic and responsive WordPress sites using pre-made themes. You’ll also learn how to implement tools and strategies that will give you and your clients greater control over content. Jesse Friedman has specific examples to show you how to maintain responsive WordPress themes long after they are deployed and also dive into how he used these tools and strategies to create dynamic, real-world web environments that respond to the user’s device and landscape. REGISTER HERE.

Intellectual Property Rights for Graphic Designers


with William M. Borchard

In 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. REGISTER HERE.

Coding for Designers: HTML & CSS


with Patrick McNeil

In this course you’ll learn HTML and CSS and develop a better understanding of these core web languages. Patrick McNeil created this class specifically for graphic designers, so you can make the print-to-web transition more easily. You’ll study design as it relates to the web, learn some basic combinations of HTML and CSS, and start building common website layout elements. This course is also the next step for students who’ve taken Principles of HTML, CSS and JavaScript. REGISTER HERE.

Preparing Your Portfolio


with Denise Bosler

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. REGISTER HERE.