5 Free Creative Courses to Do This Summer
Summer is the time when we all spend more time outside enjoying the sunshine, the beach and the mountains or just hanging out with friends in the park. Nobody feels like sitting in front of the computer and doing work.
But summer is also the time when we are full of energy and the days are so long that we have so much time at our hands. So why not doing an online course to develop some additional skills or brush up the knowledge we already gained.
Almost as any other profession, design is developing and evolving at a very fast pace and in order to be in a perfect creative shape designers should acquire new skills and abilities all the time to keep up with. Summer seems as the perfect time of the year to do a course and still have time to chill out.
For all that reasons, I did a little digging to see what free online courses are available right now. Have a look and take your pick.
User Experience for the Web (WebUX)
If you are keen on learning more about creating great experiences for users then this course is just for you. The course gives an overview of the general principles of user experience for the online world.
During this course, you will learn some valuable tips and techniques that you can use to create meaningful user experiences; from the design of website to customer interactions.
The course is divided into 4 modules; Overview of the user experience, The elements of UX, Getting to know your users and Usability evaluation techniques.
Suitable for: Social media manager, Web designer, Web developer, Web publisher, Webmaster, Assistant web designer, Assistant web designer, Technical writer, Website coordinator, Webmaster assistant
Online Advertising (OnlineAd)
Do you enjoy advertising? Media and marketing specialist, Patty Keegan, will help you out explore the evolution of the online advertising from the early beginnings of the Web and how it turned out into a major sector of the advertising industry.
Mrs Keegan will explain the key players in the industry and the multitude of different creative formats and executions and how ads are delivered and tracked.
There are four modules involved covering: Evolution of online advertising, Types of online advertising, Digital platforms and Digital campaign planning and measurement.
Suitable for: Social media, marketing and public relations, Internet content management, Online media production, Communication design or Marketing project manager, Account director, Account planning manager, Client services executive, Client services directorLearn more
Writing for the Web (WriteWeb)
Frankie Madden, a Senior User Experience Consultant at Stamford Interactive, will help you understand the difference between writing for print versus web. She will give you valuable knowledge in terms of the behaviour of the users in the online world. The course sheds light on how to meet the needs of the online readers by suitable web design, writing style, structure and search engine optimization (SEO).
The four modules include: Why writing for the web is different, Characteristics of good content, Writing effective content and Looking after your content.
Suitable for: Social media manager, Technical writer, Web copywriter, Web designer, Web developer, Web publisher, Webmaster, Advertising designer, Marketing designer, Public relations manager, Assistant web designer, Assistant web developer, Website coordinator, Webmaster assistantLearn more
For only 6 hours a week in exactly 6 weeks you will be able to see coding as a creative discipline. Creative Coding course will help you use computer programming to generate sounds, images, animations and many more.
Creative coding refers to using software as a medium to develop unique creative expression. This course is suitable for artists, designers, architects or musicians that are looking for a way to expand their creative skills. Even computer programmers can take advantage of it as it will give you an insight how to work in creative applications.
Suitable for: designers, programmers, artists, musicians, architects.Learn more
Design Kit: The Course for Human-Centered Design
This course is a seven-week curriculum that will give you an introduction to the concepts of human-centered design and how this approach can be adopted to create sustainable and effective solutions for social change. The course is suitable for everyone that doesn’t have a clue what human-centered design means and have no previous experience.
In just seven weeks, this course will:
- inspire you to approach challenges differently and experience how human-centered design can give a totally new perspective to your own work tackling poverty-related issues.
- provide you with the methods of human-centered design so you can more considered in terms of facing and solving challenging issues.
- teach you to identify patterns and opportunities for concept development.
In December 2014 the ECA Collaboratory completed Design Kit: The Course for Human-Centered Design, offered by IDEO.org and +Acumen. This is the overview of their experience.
The course instructor is IDEO.org – a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to finding solutions for the poor by understanding and working together with them. IDEO believes that this approach will help create design solutions that empower ones that are in greater need.
Suitable for: architects, product designers, graphic designs, web designers, communication strategists, marketing specialistsLearn more
Are you currently doing a free online course that is suitable for designers and developers? Leave a comment below so I can include it in the list.