[DesignAcademy] Design Fundamentals


Learn the fundamentals of design in less than 6 weeks

A no-fluff course for developers to learn design principles



As a developer, you’re likely involved in design decisions on a daily basis. Maybe you’re being asked to add a new feature to your company’s web app, or you’ve had an idea for a side project that you want to look half-decent. Many tasks you work on involve some level of design skills.

And so design becomes that thing that you can’t seem to get away from. It’s always there: something you wish you could do but don’t know how to start.

I’ve been there. I appreciated good design but could never seem to replicate it, despite having invested over 5 years into design college and university. Every course I took was insightful and technically ‘made sense’, yet when I was left to design something on my own, I hit a brick wall.

Now, after almost a decade of self-taught designing, I finally feel like I can call myself a designer. And the way I taught myself was a far cry from what I learned in design school. That’s why I’ve created this course. I’m going to give you the shortcuts I wish I had when learning design and leave you with a solid foundation in everything from colour to typography to imagery on the web.

This course will help you get to a stage where you can not only be confident in your abilities (and trust me, you have plenty of ability to learn design) but it’ll also teach you all the tricks I’ve learned in the last 8+ years of professional design work


What You’ll Learn

The goal of this course is to give you a solid design foundation to start building upon. It’s not going to teach you everything under the sun about design but it’ll teach you the most important things you can do to improve your designs today — no matter how “artistic” you are (or, more likely, aren’t!). Some highlights include:

My workflow I use for almost every project from finding inspiration to colour and typography

Useful downloads to help you keep track of your progress and apply what you’re learning to real projects

How you can train your eye to spot what’s wrong in a design and, most importantly, fix it

Image and illustration treatment that anyone can do – even if you can’t draw a wonky line


This Course Is For You If

• You want to master the fundamentals of design without spending years in design school (and don’t necessarily want to think of yourself as a designer)
• You want to build, launch, and sell your own products and not have them look ugly
• You have clients asking for you to add some design polish to the projects you built for them
• You want to learn from “over-the-shoulder” walkthroughs of how designers really design
• You want to stop feeling embarrassed when you give someone a link to your portfolio


About Instructor

Hey! I’m Laura Elizabeth and I’ve been a designer for almost a decade, I’ve worked on projects for HelpSpot, LaraTalent, RightMessage and Double Your Freelancing. I also speak at numerous conferences around the world (you might have seen me on stage at SmashingConf, Laracon, LTV Conf, Patterns Day and many more).

And now I’m here to help you level up your design skills so you can start creating products that are not only built well, but look pretty darn good!


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Course: https://www.designacademy.io/design-fundamentals/

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