Here’s my curated list of the best design courses you can take on Skillshare. First up, is a trio of logo design courses from George Bokhua who is an excellent logo designer and uses solid design choices based on geometry, proportion and grids.
Design a Logo in Modern Style
Learn how to create a simple, solid, and modern brand mark in this popular logo design class with designer George Bokhua! Each lesson makes it easy and fun to get inspired, learn techniques, and gain skills for designing your next logo.
Knowing how to design a great logo is a core skill in a graphic designer’s toolkit. When you think of a business or brand, the first thing that comes to mind is nearly always the logo. It is the visual representation of that product, place, thing, or business. Its impact is huge.
And as for style? The power of simplicity should never be underestimated, as oftentimes simple shapes and colors communicate a stronger message than an over-done image. It creates an immediate impression in a viewer’s mind.
Logo Design with Grids: Timeless Style from Simple Shapes
What makes a logo design feel “perfect”? How do you fine-tune simple shapes to achieve visual stopping power? Learn how to design a modern, minimalistic logo from start to finish, and then add that extra punch of perfection to make it stand the test of time.
In this 30-minute class, graphic designer George Bokhua walks us through his process of incorporating grids and geometric shapes into logos so that you can unlock that feeling of timelessness in your own marks.
Mastering Logo Design: Gridding with the Golden Ratio
Join George as he reveals his personal technique for creating complex logos that stand the test of time. Also known as the Golden Spiral or Golden Section, the Golden Ratio is a proportion known to be particularly pleasing to the eye. By using it to grid his logos, George ensures that every mark he makes evokes a feeling of perfection. In this 45 minute class, you’ll learn how to grid your work with the Golden Spiral.
Logo Design with Draplin: Secrets of Shape, Type and Color
Portland-based designer Aaron Draplin is legendary for pride and craftsmanship he brings to every project. Whether designing for Draplin Design Company clients like Nike and Ride Snowboards, or personal brands like his Field Notes memo notebooks, his work always strikes viewers as functional, nostalgic, and iconic. How does he do it?
In this 70-minute class, you’ll go behind-the-scenes as Aaron shares his logo design process with a very personal project: the family crest. From background research to geometric structure to typography to color choice, he provides helpful tips and shortcuts in Illustrator for creating beautiful work in a hyper-efficient manner.
Throughout the class, Aaron emphasizes the benefits and techniques of simplifying designs in order to create compelling logos. It’s a perfect class for designers, creators, and everyone who wants to be inspired by a master at work.
Customizing Type with Draplin: Creating Wordmarks That Work
Join design icon Aaron Draplin as he shares tried and true techniques for customizing type – an essential skill for graphic designers of all levels. In this 90-minute class, you’ll follow along as Draplin digs for antique typographic references and then creates several type treatments of his own to design merchandise for Portland, his beloved hometown. The lessons cover:
- Discovering reference material
- Kerning – owning the space between characters
- Customizing letterforms
- Sketching type from scratch
- Prepping a file for print (and even finding a good promotional item vendor to work with!)
- PLUS bonus segments on adding texture and rebuilding typefaces from scratch
Draplin teaches you to avoid “default” typeface settings and to take ownership of your design by managing the forms, in-between spaces, and relationships of the letters you’re working with. Once you master customizing type, you’ll have a powerful skill in your design toolkit for every branding, logo, and visual styling project that comes your way.
Circular Logo Design with Draplin: Combine Type & Icons in a Classic Shape
Want to level up your logo design? Join acclaimed graphic designer and DDC founder Aaron Draplin for a 60-minute tour de force championing the techniques and challenges of combining type and icons into a circle, a foundational shape of graphic design.
Follow along with Draplin as he creates variations of an often forgotten yet useful object: the travel sticker. From his wizard-like workflow you’ll learn the importance of:
- Hierarchy, line-weight, and graphic balance
- Key command mastery
- Setting up and wrapping up your document
Whether you’re just getting started with Illustrator or are a seasoned graphic veteran, you are sure to learn some new tips and tricks as you create circular designs of your own.