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June 2018 Community Event Report—from Loosie’s, NYC!

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June 2018 Community Event Report—from Loosie’s, NYC!

Designlab is growing, both as a company and as a community. One of the exciting opportunities this brings is: IRL MEETUPS!... Read more

Check out these amazing projects by Design 101 students

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Check out these amazing projects by Design 101 students

Here at Designlab our most popular course is Design 101. It's a 4-week introduction to design fundamentals, with a focus on the skills needed to create high-quality mobile interfaces and web layouts. Each month we're blown away by how far our students come in just a few weeks. In this post we've collected some recent examples of excellent coursework that students achieved through applying their new skills and working closely with an expert designer as their mentor – enjoy!... Read more

How Having A Mentor Made A Difference For This Design 101 Student

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How Having A Mentor Made A Difference For This Design 101 Student

Recently Elliott Davidson of Despreneur took Design 101 and sent us the following review, which he’s kindly allowed us to reproduce here. We’re stoked that you found the course so valuable, Elliott!... Read more

5 Ways To Get The Most Out Of A Designlab Short Course

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5 Ways To Get The Most Out Of A Designlab Short Course

When you’re new to design, it’s a challenge to know what to learn first, and how much reading up to do on each topic. In this article, we explain the thinking behind our short course curriculum, and also give specific tips on how to make the most of the 1-on-1 mentoring and project work that, each of which is a crucial part of our learning model. Read on to find out 5 ways you can maximize your learning and personal growth on a Designlab short course!... Read more

9 Ways Projects Will Make You Love Learning Design

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When I decided to get serious about learning design a couple of years ago, one problem I definitely didn’t have was a lack of information. However, my experience of learning design changed when I started working on projects—small-scale design briefs that allowed me to learn new skills incrementally by challenging me to solve specific problems.... Read more

What Is Designlab’s Mission?

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Harish Venkatesan co-founded Designlab in 2012. In the past year, the company has begun to scale up–expanding its core staff from 3 to 12, growing its mentor base to 400 designers, and serving over a thousand students around the world in 2016. I talked to Harish about what motivated him to start Designlab, the mission and values that drive the company’s work today, and where he sees the future of design education... Read more

Designlab Course Review: Engineer Alicia Jackson Gets Creative

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As an engineer, Alicia Jackson’s day-to-day design experience was mostly technical drawings and blueprints over typography and color palettes. But, she says, “I’ve always had a love of designing more creatively.” For the past 10 years she worked on her graphic design skills and developed her talent into creating invitations, flyers, and web designs. So why would Alicia choose to take a design course after her success with self-study? She says, “Although I heard many good things about my work and have done some independent study, it was not until taking Design 101 that I really got a chance to work with someone that is a professional in the industry.” Read on to hear more about Alicia’s experience as a Design 101 student and first-time online learner.... Read more

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Designlab Course Review: Jesse Yowell Discovers Typography

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While working as a Support Engineer for Atlassian for the last eight years, Jesse Yowell had an urge to pivot his career from engineering to user experience. After talking to designers at Atlassian and reading books about UX, Jesse knew it was time to enroll in a course to start building his skills and his portfolio. “I found the Design 101 course on Designlab, which seemed like the perfect starting point,” he says. Here’s Jesse first-hand account of his experience as a Designlab student!... Read more

Founders Learning Design: Sandi MacPherson, Quibb

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As design becomes an increasingly crucial part of the DNA of tech startups, we see a lot of product-focused founders thinking about whether they should learn some UI/UX skills. We were excited when the founder of one of our favorite products, a news-sharing site for professionals called Quibb, took our Design 101 course on Designlab. We took a few minutes to chat with Sandi... Read more

Student Stories: Dalton Mitchell, Programmer

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Dalton Mitchell is a programming extraordinaire and former Designlab student. We sat down with Dalton to chat about his aspirations, artistry, and pursuits in design.... Read more