The Web Designer Blueprint is a three-month long online course that includes everything you need to get started in web design: structured lessons, useful exercises, master classes with industry experts, killer cheatsheets and sample files and instructors there to help guide you every step of the way! Your Blueprint is structured around three core classes:
Do you crave a more creative, fulfilling, and lucrative career? Are you tired of being held back by what you did or DIDN’T learn in school? Do you feel frustrated by the money you are leaving on the table by focusing on print design and not designing for the Web? Are you sick and tired of relying on developers to make your designs come alive?
You CAN learn the digital skills you need to transform your career and life. You just need to get started, the RIGHT way, with the Skillcrush Web Designer Blueprint. It’s everything you need to rock this Web thing!
What Web Designers Do:
Web designers are artisans and true digital creatives.
Steve Jobs famously said, “Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.” The best web designers know that good web design is nearly invisible but utterly delightful. Their job is to make the websites and mobile applications they work on such a pleasure to use that you find yourself addicted, to make the buttons on screen look so delicious, you’ll want to lick them.
If you love art, beauty, people, fashion, and thinking about how someone lives, day-in-day-out, with one of your creations, then you will excel at web design.
Come design our collective digital future!
- Title: Partner & Designer
- Company: Funsize
- Where: Austin, TX
- What I Do:
I’m a self-taught designer and I run a local mobile product design studio with my husband. (Yes, I’m really around my husband 24/7. No, it’s not as crazy as it sounds!)
- Why I Love It:
I’m attracted to design not just for the pretty colors but for everything that goes on behind the scenes. I am intrigued by the way design ties into the human psyche and how a product you design can completely change human behavior. Aside from wanting to make things look beautiful, design gets me really excited when I know that what I’m working on is a product I believe in and that it has the potential to improve peoples’ lives.
- How I Got Here:
I started with an internship at a digital agency. I was learning so much at my internship that I eventually dropped out of college. I soon moved to New York City where I spent time in the ranks at well known agencies, and discovered my deep interest in mobile design. Anthony, my husband, and I were both working on mobile products separately and realized that we could do what we were doing separately, together, and do it smarter. It’d give us the ability to create a lifestyle balance that we’ve dreamed of without the constraints of being employed. That’s when Funsize emerged.
- Advice For Aspiring Web Designers:
Many people often refer to their full-time jobs as “stable”, but how stable is it if you can’t control your own destiny? You can be fired at any given moment for no specific reason. Carve out your own destiny and create your own stability; don’t let others do it for you.
Your First Class
Visual Design Fundamentals and Tools
Learn the fundamental concepts of visual design in the digital age including user experience and user interface design, color theory, and typography. Once you learn the conceptual foundations of visual design, you’ll put it into practice using the world’s most popular design tools–Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign–to create professional-quality design projects you’ll be proud to show potential employers and clients.
YOU WILL LEARN: UX / UISitemapsWireframesColor TheoryTypographyPhotoshopIllustratorInDesignUXPin
This class begins Monday, August 7th.
Your Second Class
Don’t know the first thing about technology? Then this class is for you. HTML and CSS are the building blocks of the web. Learn how to structure, design and launch your own website in class. Don’t worry about getting stuck – We’re here to answer any questions you have along the way!
YOU WILL LEARN: HTMLCSSFTPDomainsHosting
This class begins Monday, September 11th.
Your Third Class
Web Designer Apprenticeship: Freelancing Best Practices
Ready to find some awesome projects and build that budding portfolio of yours? Learn everything you need to know about marketing yourself, finding the right clients, writing winning proposals, and properly pricing, scoping, and invoicing your projects. You’ll even learn how to make an action plan for your worst-case client scenarios. When you’re done with this class and this blueprint, you’ll be ready to get paid for your work!
YOU WILL LEARN: Marketing Business Development Networking Proposal Writing Pricing & Scoping
This class begins Monday, October 9th.
Weekly Live Chats
15 Awesome Cheatsheets
Hand-Picked Job Postings
Practical Training that Fits Your Schedule
A Community Of Impressive Fellow Students
A Professional-Looking Portfolio
Cover Letter and Interview Guides
Certificate of Completion
What previous knowledge do I need to take this course?
None! As long as you’re pretty familiar with your computer and how to use it and are comfortable on the web, we’ll teach you the rest.
I’m looking to transition into a more technical role at work. Will this Blueprint help me?
Yes! HTML and CSS are the building blocks of the web and the foundation on which you can build your technical career. Plus, user experience and web design are some of the most in-demand skills that employers are hiring for right now.
There are many places to start in tech, but learning the fundamentals of web design and building projects from scratch – both of which you’ll do in this Blueprint – will give you a wide variety of the most important tech skills. So, you’ll leave this Blueprint with a solid understanding with which you can continue your professional transition into tech.
I work full time. Can I fit this course into my busy schedule?
Absolutely! We recommend setting aside about an hour a day to engage with the course materials and your classmates and instructors, but you can shift this around depending on your weekly schedule.
Some of our students can’t devote an hour every day to the course but can study for longer periods of time over the weekend — This is totally fine too, and our material is always available for you when you need it.
What if I get behind in the course? Will the lessons still be available to me?
Yes, absolutely! You’ll continue to have access to the course well beyond the “official” course dates so you can catch up or review whenever and whatever you like.
Really, there is no “behind” at Skillcrush. We 100% support you in going through the material at a pace that feels right to YOU.
What kind of computer or software do I need for this course?
Nothing fancy! You just need a computer with access to the web, of course. You should be able to stream YouTube or Vimeo videos and download / upload materials like photos and documents.
We recommend a Mac for the course and for your future career in tech as Macs tend to be the industry standard. But a Windows PC will work fine too.
You don’t need to have any special software before you start the Blueprint. We’ll introduce you to all the software or apps you need as you go through the course, and there are free versions or trials of all of them available for both Mac and Windows.
Do you provide any printable materials I can access?
Yes indeed! We have several very popular cheatsheets that we tell our students to print out and carry with them or tape up around the house. You’d be surprised how much you can actually learn by just looking at them for a few minutes a day!
How do I know if this Blueprint is for me?
This Blueprint is for you if:
- You want to get started in tech but don’t know how to begin.
- You are itching to code.
- You’ve dabbled in HTML and CSS but need to learn the fundamentals.
- You have been meaning to make your own website FOREVER.
- You like learning to be fun and collaborative.
This Blueprint is NOT for you if:
- You’ve already designed and coded your own websites from scratch.
- You’re looking to learn advanced topics such as back-end programming.
- You want to make mobile apps.
- You think learning has to be serious.
- You don’t like fun or collaboration.
When does the course meet?
The course doesn’t meet at fixed times. All the lessons are online, and you have access to them 24/7 so you can study whenever is best for you.
Throughout the course, we send you an email every weekday morning to help keep you on track, and then you’re welcome to work on the lessons whenever it fits your schedule.
The only “scheduled” course events are the circle chats, live group office hours and master classes. But these are all optional, and, if you can’t make the scheduled time, you can read a transcript of the circle chat, ask questions in the online student community or watch the recording of the master class later. So, there’s always a way to fit the Blueprint into your life!
How do office hours work?
We offer live office hours using Google+ Hangouts. Group office hours give us the chance to help as many students as possible. And we’ve found that, since students tend to have similar questions and challenges, you’ll learn a lot from hearing answers to other students’ questions too. That said, you’ll also have the chance to ask your own questions from the instructor and make sure you get the answers you need as well.
I’ve been looking at a bunch of other online bootcamps and programs and they are all thousands of dollars. How come you are so cheap?
Our thoughts exactly!? Did we say $499? We MEANT $4999!
In all seriousness, we price our blueprints according to what we need to charge in order to be a profitable company, provide the level of service that we believe YOU ALL deserve, while also keeping the price point accessible to our audience.
We can’t promise it will always be $499, but for now it’s a price that works for us and works for our students. And you have our 100% money-back guarantee for the first 30 days of your Blueprint.
So stop asking questions and just be glad you found us!
How does the online student community work?
We use Google Groups for our online student community. It’s completely free, and we’ll send you an invitation to your Blueprint’s own group before your course starts.
In your student community, you can meet your classmates, ask questions about the lessons, get feedback on your work, share tech resources and much more! Plus, it’s a great chance to get to know other people who are just as excited about tech as you are and to start networking and making great friends and career connections.
Is Skillcrush only for women? I’m a guy and want to learn.
We welcome men at Skillcrush as well and can’t wait for you to join us too! In fact, about 25% of our students are men. Skillcrush is a supportive community of folks from all kinds of backgrounds, professions, countries and yes… genders! :). So, please join us – and bring a friend!
Can I really learn enough in this program to get a job?
Well, tell us, what job exactly are you looking for? CTO at Apple? Ok, probably not. Jr. Frontend engineer at a design agency? YES YOU CAN. Becca did it!
We don’t place students in jobs (yet) and we can’t guarantee you work. But many of our students have gotten full-time work using the skills they learned at Skillcrush, and even MORE have used their new skills to do freelance, project based work that has earned them thousands of dollars on top of their full-time salaries.
The best thing for you to do is to be crystal clear about what job you want and what skills and experience you will need in order to get it. If you can tell us that, we will do everything in our power to help you get there.
And if you can’t answer those questions yet, no worries, we’ll work with you on that TOO.
Our Blueprints come out to around $5 a day. Less than HALF the price of comparable programs – and 100% more fun! You can make 3 monthly payments of $199 or a full payment of $499, whatever fits your life and budget.