Awe, so you chosen a career in the web field. Maybe you’ve received formal training or maybe you have just simply blazed your own path. In either case, the web industry — both design and development — is an ever changing, fluid technology and it’s really up to you to stay current and not get left behind.
For most of us, going back to college may not be a very good solution and as we all know colleges are more for getting your formal foundational education. But the really great thing about working in the interwebs is that people who work in the interwebs love to talk about it and share with others. Other than great tutorials and articles there are also some really great online training courses and premium training memberships produced by people who currently work in the the web business. I’ve put together a great list of resources that will help you to get back into the game, start in the game or even just stay ahead of the game.
Treehouse is great and very current with new technologies. Founded by industry leader Ryan Carson with expert industry leading instructors like Jim Hoskins and Allison Grayce Marshall and consulting member Chris Coyer and WP founder Matt Mullenweg, Treehouse is a great one stop shop for serious web expertise. Training classes include; HTML5 Foundations, CSS Foundations, CSS3, Responsive Web Design Foundations, Photoshop Foundations, Intro to Programming and many, many more. The pricing and subscription plans are pretty good, no long term contracts, group rates all starting at $25 a month. And they have badges!
Some of you have probably heard about some of CodeSchool’s awesome course like ‘Rails for Zombies’, ‘CSS Cross Country’ or ‘jQuery Air: First Flight’ but if you haven’t you should check them out. CodeSchool is focussed on bringing you fun and easy to work courses about web programming from jQuery to Rails to Coffeescript. CodeSchool takes a hands on approach of “learning by doing” by combining video tutorials with student challenges so that you can put into practice what you have just learned.
Founded by Deke McClelland, the webs resident Adobe products expert, Deke.com offers great tutorials on all things design from Photoshop to Illustrator through the dekeBlog, dekePod, dekePress and the Lynda.com powered dekeVideo. While the dekeBlog and dekePod sections contain short videos that focus on short training aspects of the Adobe software products, his books and Lynda videos are more in depth courses ranging in all skill levels. Deke is a great expert resource for all things graphic design.
Well, if you’ve had any formal college courses in web design or if you’ve been working in the industry for a year or so, or even if you know somebody who works in the web, chances are you are already familiar with Lynda.com. Lynda is a super good resource for learning pretty much any software product and they’ve been around for a long time so they have a deep wealth of videos to learn from. Also, all the videos and instructors are current web professionals that actually make a living working in the industry – they are not just instructors. Pricing plans are great starting at $25 a month and they even have great company, school and student discounted plans for you to choose from.
If you are looking for great Apple, Android and Adobe Suite training courses then Ledet might be a good fit for you. They specialize in cutting edge traingin course that focus on graphics, video and mobile products; Photoshop, Illustrator, Final Cut Pro, Android development, Adobe Edge and more. These classes are live hands on training classes located all over the nation that give you the advantage of a live classroom environment. Ledet is an authorized Apple, Adobe and Google training resource and they provide very professional and in-depth courses that will teach you everything you need to know about these web design and development tools. Enrollment and registration for course are based upon the course and location so check out their schedule for events and classes near you.