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8 Best Resources For Designers and Developers To Learn & Upgrade Their Skills

Jane Brewer
8 Best Resources For Designers and Developers To Learn & Upgrade Their Skills

Being involved in the field of design and development means that you can never stop learning. You constantly grow with your skills. And sometimes, can also find a community of peers through free online resources that fuel the growth. 

There are multiple self-guided tutorials and educational resources available for beginners and advanced learners from where you can get professional level training at no cost.

We have compiled a list of free online learning resources for designers and developers; ranging from tutorial sites, informative trade blogs, technical sites, educational games, and courses from a traditional university.

Gymnasium:- You will get online courses for digital, creative, and communications professionals. There are many full courses which have 3 to 6 hours of video instruction, optional quizzes and assignments, and a final exam. The tutorial also offers you short courses called “Gym Shorts” which are just under an hour. Current full courses include “Coding for Designers” and “UX Fundamentals.” Every class you get on Gymnasium is free!

Designmodo:- This fantastic platform creates websites and email builders, while also providing articles, tutorials, and industry news about trends and techniques. It has hundreds of free tutorials on Photoshop and Illustrator, coding, Bootstrap, and using Sketch. There are some popular tutorials like “How to Create a Shopping Cart UI using CSS & JavaScript” and “Create a Product Page with Interactive Colors in HTML, CSS3 & jQuery.”

A List Apart:- This website excavates design, development, and meaning of web content, along with a special focus on web standards and best practices. The content on the website is extensive, ranging from topics on coding, application development, graphic design, responsive design, and typography.

Tutorialzine:- This is basically a library of free tutorials and articles submitted with love from a vast community of enthusiastic developers. They have a huge collection of JavaScript, CSS, HTML, developer resources, and freebies. You can also sign up for ‘Dev Awesome’ which is a weekly newsletter comprising of programming news, libraries, and productivity tips.

Spoon Graphics:- Spoon graphics is a design blog that has free tutorials, resources, and freebies, with the most recent tutorials including “How To Create a Stack of 3D Characters in Adobe Photoshop” and “How To Create a Retro 70s Style Striped Logo Type Effect.” They also have video tutorials you can watch on their website or on their YouTube channel.

Don’t Fear the Internet:- It is a fantastic instructional resource for those who are not initiated with web-designing. The website demystifies HTML and CSS coding with short tutorial videos, learn how to take a basic WordPress blog and manipulate the CSS, HTML, and even some PHP that matches your aesthetic.

CodeSignal:- With CodeSignal you get over 1,000 coding tasks ranging in difficulty, topic, and theme to assess and train yourself as a developer. They also have an arcade for rapid coding challenges in a fun gaming environment. You can see a breakdown of your subject-specific capabilities that helps you understand where you stand in the market and where you need to improve.

Bento:- Bento is a company with one aim in mind-- everyone should learn to code, no matter where they live or their background. The website has curated some amazing tutorials and have created a free, full-stack web development curriculum. They have a learning track that  includes HTML, CSS, JavaScript, web fundamentals, frontend, backend, and more. You can learn to code, create applications, build a website, and take your skills to the next level.


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Jane Brewer
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