Boost Your Skills With The Best Graphic Design Classes on Skillshare

If you want to improve your design skills, Skillshare should be one of the first places you go. The classes are well structured and taught by so many people with different design backgrounds and expertise. But where do you start? What are the best graphic design classes on Skillshare to level up your design skills?

I’ve put together a list here, based off of the most popular graphic design courses on Skillshare, that all have amazing student work, many of which are taught by design masters. Any of these classes will help improve your skills as a designer. So, here’s the awesome list of the best graphic design classes on Skillshare that will improve your skills as a designer.

Graphic Design Basics: Core Principles for Visual Design

By Ellen Lupton

Core Principles of Design

At only 36 minutes long, this class is so much shorter than the others on this list and it’s curious why it’s so popular. However, since it’s being taught by design author and legend Ellen Lupton, it’s popularity really isn’t that surprising.

This class covers the basic principles of design and how to bring them together to create something polished. This is probably one of the best graphic design classes on Skillshare for anyone unsure of where to begin learning about design.

Class Project: The class project is to create a design that utilizes the five core principles of visual layout which are symmetry/asymmetry, scale, framing, hierarchy, and grids.

Students 107,000+
Level Beginner
Projects 443
Class Length 36 min

Logo Design with Draplin: Secrets of Shape, Type and Color

By Aaron Draplin

Logo Design with Draplin class

This is such a great class for designers who want to either learn logo design or improve their existing logo design skills. Aaron Draplin is a design master and it’s awesome that he’s sharing his design process on Skillshare (He has seven classes in total on Skillshare).

Class Project: The project for this class is really interesting. It involves students creating a family crest. Students are asked to create a crest style logo design for their own family that incorporates their family name, a laurel and banner, symbols, colours that represent their family, and a phrase or saying that has meaning to their family.

Students 91,000+
Level Intermediate
Projects 727
Class Length 1 hr 7 min

Typography That Works: Typographic Composition and Fonts

By Ellen Lupton

Typography that works class

This is a short but thorough beginner typography class that introduces students to basic type terminology like sans serif, serif, and slab serif, in addition to how to use each type.

Class Project: The class project is for students to design their own business card. Students should show four different designs that play with structure, one design that uses a literary typeface, and one that uses a slab typeface.

Students 78,000+
Level Beginner
Projects 586
Class Length 36 min

Adobe Photoshop CC – Essentials Training Course

By Daniel Scott

Photoshop Essentials Course Skillshare

This extremely extensive course, with over 9 hours of content, teaches students everything they need to know about getting started in Adobe Photoshop like masking, interactive type, photo retouching, and more.

Class Project: Since there are so many parts to this course, there are actually a bunch of class projects for students to do. There is a postcard design, and oil painting, a halftone, a peeling sky, and an assortment of other projects that are meant to utilize students’ knowledge of specific Photoshop tools.

Students 64,000+
Level Beginner
Projects 1,800
Class Length 9 hr 39 min

Adobe Illustrator CC – Essentials Training

By Daniel Scott

Illustrator Essentials class

This is an Adobe Illustrator fundamentals course that deals with everything a beginner would need to know to work in Illustrator. Topics covered are creating icons, logos, postcards, and hand drawn illustrations. Students also learn how to properly use brushes, manipulate type, and much more.

Class Project: The class project for this course is to create an animal using only simple lines and shapes in Illustrator.

Students 60,000+
Level Beginner
Projects 2,373
Class Length 6 hr 52 min

Demystifying Graphic Design: How Posters Work

By Ellen Lupton

How Posters Work class

This hour long class class explores how posters work by telling stories, conveying energy and motion, creating the illusion of depth, simplifying complex ideas visually, and more.

Class Project: The class project here is for students to design a movie poster using the six core techniques taught in class. Students are asked to select a movie with a simple object in the title like Rear Window, 12 Angry MenThe Matrix, or Gone Girl. 

Students 41,000+
Level Beginner
Projects 294
Class Length 1 hr 5 min

Customizing Type with Draplin: Creating Wordmarks That Work

By Aaron Draplin

Customizing type with Draplin

This is yet another awesome class by Aaron Draplin that provides a lot of value to current designers. In this class, Aaron teaches how to customize type by learning about proper kerning, customizing letterforms, sketching type from scratch, and more.

Class Project: The project for this class is for students to create a wordmark for their hometown; ideally mocked up on a piece of merchandise.

Students 38,000+
Level Intermediate
Projects 400
Class Length 1 hr 33 min

Circular Logo Design with Draplin: Combine Type & Icons in a Classic Shape

By Aaron Draplin

Circular logo design class

Even more Aaron Draplin! This class deals with creating logos that combine text and icons within a circular shape. Aaron will guide students through hierarchy, line weight, and graphic balance to create a travel sticker.

Class Project: The class project is to create a travel-themed sticker graphic using a circle as the base shape.

Students 34,000+
Level Intermediate
Projects 322
Class Length 1 hr 2 min

If you take this class and want to learn more from Aaron Draplin, check out his book Draplin Design Co.: Pretty Much Everything.

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Baugasm™ Series #1 – Create Experimental Gradients and Posters

By Vasjen Katro

Baugasm series 1class

This is a really fantastic class to learn about Photoshop and Illustrator techniques that will make your design work really unique. This is actually one of the first Skillshare classes I ever took and I really loved it. You can read my review of the seven Skillshare classes I took from Vasjen Katro here.

Class Project: The class project is to take what students have learned and make a poster. Students should use Illustrator to make the gradients and Photoshop to shape and style their imagery.

Students 29,000+
Level Beginner
Projects 692
Class Length 33 min

Logotype Masterclass with Jessica Hische

By Jessica Hische

Logotype masterclass on Skillshare

This class gives students the opportunity to learn about creating and/or improving type-based logos. The lessons teach students things like how to look for design qualities such as hierarchy and scale, how to look for detail and consistency, how to polish vector logos, and more.

Class Project: The class project is for students to create or improve a logo of their own using a checklist provided in the class that helps them determine the success of a logo.

Students 28,000+
Level Intermediate
Projects 88
Class Length 1 hr 32 min

The Best Graphic Design Classes on Skillshare – To Conclude

Okay, so this list of the best graphic design classes on Skillshare is really dominated by Ellen Lupton and Aaron Draplin. But honestly, that makes sense. If you’ve been designing for a little while you likely have a least one book on your shelf by Ellen Lupton, and you probably follow Aaron Draplin on Instagram or have read his book.

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Learning from the masters of their craft is always a great way to improve your skills. Hopefully you learn great things from the other classes on this list as well. I certainly have.

Is there another class that you think belongs on this list of the best graphic design classes on Skillshare? Would you like to see more specifically geared lists? For example, a list of the best graphic design classes on Skillshare for logo design? Let me know in the comments below.