As an adult, we often forget to make learning a priority. When I left school, it felt like that part of my life was over and I was at a loss for how to continue my education going forward. In the past, you had to carve out an extended amount of time and a significant amount of money into learning a new skill. With technology changing and the need to be nimble and resourceful greater now than ever, I’ve become completely obsessed with Skillshare. If you follow W&D on IG stories, you know how often I spend my lunch break taking a class! From brushing up my design and patterning making skills to defining our business plans, Skillshare has been an invaluable resource for me as I push W&D into new territories (ahem, product and pattern design). I thought it would be helpful to put together a list of my favorite classes and extend an offer for readers.
Here are the top 9 Skillshare classes I think everyone should try!
Who needs this class? Makers looking to improve their Adobe skills.
Why take it? It’s always interesting to see how other designers and illustrators refine their workflow. This class is great for trying new techniques and getting the most out of your creative suite.
Who needs this class? This is a great class for anyone who needs to come up with concepts quickly.
Why take it? Generating ideas quickly not only helps kickstart a project or get you out of a creative slump, it also makes you more effective in group meetings and builds your confidence around creative and critical thinking.
Who needs this class? Anyone who is looking to express themselves creatively.
Why take it? This is another great class from an expert in her field. Shantell helps you understand the ethos behind her own art while encouraging you to express yourself through drawing.
Who needs this class? Anyone looking to improve their photography skills, especially when it comes to using styling, light, and workflow.
Why take it? You don’t need to be a photographer to benefit from this class! It gives you a great foundation for understanding how to use your surroundings to create better photos.
Who needs this class? Anyone looking to learn how to make patterns!
Why take it? Bonnie talks a lot about how she is self-taught, which is both inspiring and encouraging as she walks you through her entire workflow processes. She is SO thorough, I feel like you can have limited knowledge of Adobe and still get a ton of out of her classes.
Who needs this class? Anyone who enjoys doodling or wants to flex their creative muscles.
Why take it? This class is less about your technique and more about getting out of your own head and letting ideas flow. There’s no such thing as a bad idea in this class!
Who needs this class? Shop owners and product developers!
Why take it? This class covers everything from building your online assortment to merchandising and marketing your products online.
Who needs this class? Anyone looking to build a loyal audience online.
Why take it? It’s not just about followers and likes. It’s about connecting and adding value to a community.
Who needs this class? Anyone who wants to communicate more effectively and with imagination and passion.
Why take it? Being a good storyteller doesn’t just benefit writers. It can help take your communication skills, presentations, and everyday conversations to the next level.
Images courtesy of linked Skillshare classes