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Design 101

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Do you ever wish your websites & apps looked more "professional"? Supercharge your visual and UI design skills by completing hands-on projects & working 1-on-1 with an expert designer.

Course Overview

Know how important design is, but don't know where to get started? In this 4-week online course built for design beginners, you'll:

  • Learn about the fundamentals of color theory, typography, and layout in web design
  • Gain familiarity with the design tool of your choice (Photoshop, Sketch, or Illustrator)
  • Hone your skills & start building your portfolio with a series of hands-on projects
  • Work with your own expert mentor, with written feedback on all your work and 4 Skype sessions

You'll end the course with a certificate of completion, a portfolio of projects, and a strong foundational skillset in design.

Design 101 is made for you

The course is tailor-made for busy professionals. Spend about 5-10 hours per week on readings, projects, and mentor work.

  • Developers

    Calling all developers! Up your ante in design, move into more front-end work, and start building great products.

  • Product managers

    Improve your ability to communicate with your design and product teams through wireframes and mockups. Learn the language!

  • Design beginners

    Looking to move into design as a career? Great choice. This course is a foundational offering to help you get the lay of the land and learn where to go next.

Learn 1-on-1 from these experts

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What our past students have said

"The quantity and quality of the learning material is simply amazing."

François Leclerc
Software developer

What you'll learn

Four weeks. Five to ten hours per week.
You'll be able to confidently wireframe, make visual design decisions, and communicate like a designer.

  • Week 1

    Getting to know design

    See where your current skills stand & meet your mentor. Learn to see and recognize good design.

  • Week 2

    Visual Hierarchy

    You'll learn some key graphic design principles in this unit.


    Learn the basic fundamentals of visual design, as well as how to build your first wireframe.

  • Week 3

    Color Theory

    Learn how to add a splash of color to your design work!


    Get acquainted with basic typographic principles and understand how to choose fonts.

  • Week 4


    Put it all together in this this final unit, where you work on your capstone project.

Student work in this course

You'll work on a series of projects that help you improve your design skills.
Here are some past student submissions:

Frederic Perrin


See his work

Eura Cho

Engineering Student

See her work

Erika Norris

Visual Artist

See her work



for Four Weeks

Next course starts November 11th

  • 10 Projects
  • 4 Skype Sessions
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Have questions? See our FAQ

  • Do I need to know Photoshop (or Sketch, or Illustrator) beforehand?

    No. This course is for complete design beginners, so we'll provide modules to help you get acquainted with your tool of choice. You'll also practice that tool throughout the course as you work on the hands-on projects.

  • Will I learn HTML/CSS?

    Not in this course! In Design 101, you'll get familiar with design tools, learn about the principles of visual design, and hone your own skills.

  • How is the course pacing?

    This course is built for busy professionals. Expect to spend about 5-10 hours per week between projects, readings, and mentor interaction.

  • I'm a student, do you offer discounts?

    Email us! hello@trydesignlab.com

  • Do you offer any other discounts?

    Ask your employer to sponsor the course! We've seen plenty of employers happy to cover the course price because of how much you'll learn :)

  • Does a mentor get assigned to me or can I pick a mentor?

    We do our best to match mentors/students based on timezone, but if you have a request we can definitely try to make it happen!

  • What about the scheduling for the mentoring sessions? How flexible are they?

    They're very flexible — you schedule them yourself, based on your mentor's posted timeslots. You can also reach out to your mentor to figure out the best time that works.

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