Design Resources & Online Design Education

We know a thing or two about design, so we’ve worked hard to bring you an online design education experience. Browse below for articles and other design resources that can help you learn graphic design skills, from beginner to advanced, and help you stay abreast on news and trends designers need to know. Be sure to visit our sister sites: HOW Design University for the best way to learn web design, marketing, typography skills and more through online graphic design courses and tutorials, and HOW Interactive Design for a regular flow of expert advice regarding interactive and web design.

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Mastering a Communication Plan To Get a Client’s OK

Wading into the business side of graphic design means finding a way to communicate effectively with clients.  When approaching a client with a design direction, a few homework items must be completed before you can determine how to persuasively deliver your message. Start off by rigorously researching the client to gauge their goals, intentions, bottom line and audience. With...

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Certified Manager Training for In-House Designers

“Now is the time to take this in-house revolution and your career to another level—one that is less tactical and more strategic. HOWU has designed a phenomenal new series of training courses for in-house team contributors—from the manager to the designer—that will build both strategic thinking and management skills.” – Ed Roberts In-house designers play...

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3 User-Centered Design Principles & Examples

The HOW Interactive Design Conference is for the designer working through complex processes, across platforms, and trying to please both the boss and the client. It’s for anyone looking for help demystifying emerging trends, or the designer, art director or marketer who just wants a better grasp on interactive—from the experts. For the most...

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Portfolio Design Trends & Website Ideas

In honor of Patrick McNeil’s latest workshop, Web Design 101, we’ll feature some of his inspirational content from The Web Designer’s Idea Book vol. 4 to showcase the current web design trends. McNeil’s two-part workshop guides print designers without web design knowledge through the web design basics. Luckily, print designers already possess skills that transfer...

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Creative Anarchy: Break the Rules of Design

“There are no shortcuts to a great design concept. You must read, research, explore, innovate and create.” A must-have for every designer’s bookshelf, Denise Bosler’s new book Creative Anarchy enlightens the reader on the importance of understanding design rules and knowing when to break them. (If you experienced the barbaric yawp in her 2015 HOW Design Live...

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New Design Inspiration Course

Inspirability gives you a fresh look at how to keep those creative fires burning in the real world through interviews with 40 design luminaries, including Stefan Sagmeister, Paula Scher, Milton Glaser and Chip Kidd, fascinating pictures the designers have taken of themselves and their offices, and samples of their design work. Learn more. At...

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Justin Ahrens: Put Your Money Where Your Heart Is

HOW Design Live begins on Monday! Time flew by fast! There’s still time to get your ticket into the conference. We’re looking forward to being in the Windy City and hearing design experts discuss essential design topics, career advice and current trends. Last year at HOW Design Live, Justin Ahrens, Principal of Rule29, gave a...

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Learn by Doing: Creativity Exercises for Inspiration

Last year’s HOW Design Live featured dynamic discussions on essential design resources and career advice. It will be hard to beat, but this year’s conference promises to be better than ever. Jim Krause, a relentlessly creative designer and industry expert, gave a stimulating talk last year called “Learn by Doing.” His talk focused on how to find...

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Photoshop Tips and Tricks Workshop Preview

Photoshop offers endless possibilities—a million different ways exist to accomplish the same goal, whether that’s digitally painting an elaborate work of art or changing an image’s background. HOW Design University offers courses on Photoshop, but this week, it’s offering something special: an excellent workshop on Photoshop It’s a third of the price of a course ($39.99) but...