May Design Challenge

My Design Secret

I'm going to let you in on a little secret: While I've taken courses over the years on various Adobe software, for the most part, I'm self-taught. The same is true for most of the tools I use.

A huge amount of my education came through just using the software. I played with InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator until I figured out what I could do at the basic level. Then I started reading books and blogs to learn more about Adobe Creative Cloud and design in general. And instead of waiting to become an expert, I dove in and started working.

Being self-taught means that occasionally (okay, probably once a week) I run into a wall when I'm designing. I know exactly what I want my finished product to look like, but I just don't know how to get there. This, friends, is why Google was created.

How I Learn

I've found so many amazing online tutorials (and to be honest, a lot of crummy ones) that have helped me learn and grow. In addition to Google, I search social media for designers I can follow to teach me new skills. Most channels suggest relevant accounts to follow so I can continue discovering new resources. When I find someone whose tutorials I like, I subscribe to their newsletter and YouTube channel so I don't miss their newest videos.

The biggest struggle for me is simply to make time to continue learning on a regular schedule, not just when I run into a problem I can't solve. Thus was born the May Design Challenge!

May Design Challenge

About the Challenge

For the month of May, I'm going to attempt to partake in one design tutorial every weekday (with the exception of Memorial Day). I have plenty of videos in my queue, so the real work is for me to make the time to finish the challenge. My goal is not only to expand my knowledge, but also to share some incredible resources with you.

May 1: Creating Pattern Letters in Adobe Illustrator

First up today: A fun tutorial to learn how to create pattern letters in Adobe Illustrator courtesy of Teela Cunningham of Every-Tuesday. Every-Tuesday an amazing graphic design education resource and Teela's patient explanations of how to use Adobe tools is thorough, engaging, and masterful. As you can see, my graphic for today's blog was created using the skills I learned in the tutorial.

Do you have suggestions for specific designers or sites I should be follow to find new tutorials? Please drop a comment below to share!