7 Resources for Creatives
This week I wanted to share some sites that I got to all of the time for help, resources and inspiration.
Envatotuts+ - tutsplus.com
Envato Tuts+ has set out on a mission of “helping people learn and earn online” I like Envato Tuts+ because it has tutorials for a variety of things such as design, code, web design, photography and video, business, audio, 3d & motion graphics, game development and more. They also have tutorials for every skill level as well as courses with are not free and eBooks.
They offer at $29/ month subscription with over 25k tutorials, 1k videos, 200+ ebooks, unlimited downloads and the freedom to cancel at anytime.
Plural sight (formally digital tutors) - pluralsight.com
I used Digital Tutors ALL OF THE TIME in college! They really were a life saver. They have since become Pluralsight and thankfully have retained a lot of what I loved about Digital Tutors.
With their platform, you can evaluate the technical abilities of your teams, align learning to key business objectives and close skills gaps in critical areas like cloud, design, security, mobile and data.
They have over 6k on demand courses from the largest network of technology experts in the world and they emphasize closing the skill gap.
The Gnomon Workshop - thegnomonworkshop.com
The Gnomon Workshop was another resource I used through college. They launched as a means to share professional techniques with artists unable to attend the on-campus courses offered at Gnomon – School of Visual Effects, Games + Animation in Los Angeles, California.
"Whether you’re looking for design tutorials, want to improve your drawing, learn sculpture techniques, expand your painting abilities, or gain new modeling, texturing, animation, effects and compositing skills, the library has an extensive collection of content to suit artists of all disciplines. All tutorials are by top industry talents who are primed to educate the next generation of artists."
Ctrl + Paint - Ctrl+Paint.com
I found CTRL + PAINT after college as I was looking to keep up my skills now that I was in the "real world" and had to provide my own structure.
In short Matt Kohr created this site because he felt that beginners need a good resource for digital painting.
"As a professional concept artist I’ve had the opportunity to learn a lot through ‘on the job experience’, and wanted to share it with beginners. Specifically, I think that beginners deserve higher quality video instruction than Youtube’s average: speed painting videos set to techno. With this in mind, Ctrl+Paint is my opportunity to provide art-school-style education to digital painters."
Creative Bloq - creativebloq.com
"Creative Bloq delivers a daily mix of advice and inspiration for digital and traditional artists, web designers, graphic designers, 3D and VFX artists, illustrators, and more. We bring the very best creative work to our audience and offer the insight that enables them to keep up to date with the latest trends and developments in global design and to create their best work."
99u - 99u.com
The mission of 99U is to empower the creative community.
99U has some of the best articles, career advice and resources for creatives. Through them I have successfully polished my resume and my approach when I was job hunting. Even now it provides a good amount of insight and things to reflect on as I continue forward in my career.
"99U tells the stories of how creatives leaders master their crafts and shape their industries. We do this in a variety of ways – daily on 99U.com, quarterly in 99U Magazine, and annually at the 99U Conference in New York City.
Whether you’re a designer, marketer, engineer, educator, artist, or CEO — if you approach your work creatively, 99U’s goal is to help you find the inspiration to build an incredible career."
Coursea - coursera.org
I've taken a course and a half with Coursea. The half class was an art history class and it solidified that subject is just NOT for me or will have to be taught in a different capacity despite taking YEARS of art history since junior high. The offer A LOT of free courses in a structured online school format that also allow you to connect with your classmates through forums.
"Every course on Coursera is taught by top instructors from the world’s best universities and educational institutions. Courses include recorded video lectures, auto-graded and peer-reviewed assignments, and community discussion forums. When you complete a course, you’ll receive a shareable electronic Course Certificate.Every course on Coursera is taught by top instructors from the world’s best universities and educational institutions. Courses include recorded video lectures, auto-graded and peer-reviewed assignments, and community discussion forums. When you complete a course, you’ll receive a shareable electronic Course Certificate.
If you want to master a specific career skill, consider joining a Specialization. You’ll complete a series of rigorous courses, tackle hands-on projects based on real business challenges, and earn a Specialization Certificate to share with your professional network and potential employers.
Mobile learning, academic and technical support, shareable course and specialization certificates
149 University partners, 2k+ courses 180+ specializations and 4 university recognized degree programs"