Meet Pluralsight. We are a group of serious developers. We are also committed to creating the best training available. This mix of training for developers, by developers is what rings true to our customers.

We call it hardcore developer training. You'll know it as superior training that is relevant and pushes all the latest technologies.

Is there any service like this but for design?

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Lynda.com is the big hitter in the design world.

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    Historically Lynda was great for learning software, but not necessarily design concepts. But perhaps they do offer courses on that now.
    – DA01
    Commented Feb 7, 2013 at 19:43
  • Doesn't look like Pluralsight teaches at the abstract programming level either. More about specific languages and technology. Commented Feb 7, 2013 at 19:55
  • true. good point.
    – DA01
    Commented Feb 7, 2013 at 20:11
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    @plainclothes not entirely true. It is often very technical yes but you also learn software principles and a bunch of meta-programming stuff e.g. 'Career and Survival Strategies for Software Developers'. A pluralsight equivalent would include topics such as Design Principles, UX, Photoshop, Illustrator, you-name-it courses. +1 for Lynda.com. Commented Feb 7, 2013 at 23:15

Team Treehouse and Codecademy have some interesting web design online courses (HTML + CSS). Not exactly graphic design, but might be of help. Treehouse is $25 a month and Codecademy is free.

PSD Tuts has a "Teach yourself graphic design self-study course" that looks nice.

Coursera offers free courses from big Universities, with certificates and so. I haven't seen one about design, but they do offer things like Human-Computer Interaction.

  • I would advise any designer to learn the basics of html/css and coding for grids. It helps you be a better designer.
    – Summer
    Commented Aug 10, 2016 at 8:18

I think plainclothes and yisela's answers cover the main resources of the type you're looking for, but you could also try free/open source resources that are more on the academic-side:

I'm not 100% sure all of these have courses in design, but at least a few of them do. Unfortunately Khan Academy and Udacity, two other very good online education providers don't currently offer anything in design (unless you count this KA video on "Intelligent Design").

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    Great list! When I first heard about it, I loved the way "Open University" sounded, but unfortunately it's only for EU citizens / residents and the courses are very expensive.
    – Yisela
    Commented Feb 8, 2013 at 1:15
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    @yisela: Ah, my mistake. I'd never actually checked out OU in depth aside from a quick look at their frontpage since they're always mentioned after my favorite BBC programs, but I guess the "Open" in their name is simply reference to the fact that they have no entry requirements, not that their course material is open source or free. They do have some free online materials, but it's under the OpenLearn section of their site. Commented Feb 8, 2013 at 1:32

I did a brief comparison between Lynda and Pluralsight in my post which is currently ranked #1 on Google search. You can find it here:

Lynda vs Pluralsight Online Software Training

In general, Pluralsight has been leaning towards the .NET side for a while but recently added some other courses like Java, Android, Ruby, and web development resources like jQuery, HTML5 and JavaScript Design Patterns.

Lynda on the other hand has a very extensive library of different technologies. You really can't go wrong with them because they don't lean on one thing as Pluralsight did in the beginning.

I would say both of them almost cost the same amount depending on the package you choose!

I hope this helps!

  • Hey, welcome to GD! I have no issues with you linking to your own site, but could you post more than just a link? If your site goes down, your answer won't benefit anyone! A summary of your findings would be great.
    – JohnB
    Commented Jul 28, 2013 at 18:39
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    Thank you for the heads-up! I appreciate that. I will edit my answer to give more details and will do the same for future answers as well! Thanks again! Commented Jul 29, 2013 at 19:13

Pluralsight now owns DigitalTutors (design and 3d training), so there's that.

I've been on DT for a while and I'd recommend it. You get working files, quizes, and tests. One login for the complete tech and design libraries.

Have a look to see if they have courses you're into first as they are a little more geared to game and FX industries, though they do have Photoshop, illustrator, and InDesign tutorials.


https://tutsplus.com/ A huge library of courses and eBooks to help you learn. Web Development Graphic Design Motion Graphics and more.


I know this way late but pluralsight has dramatically grown with far more than just Microsoft related aspects. I have used much of what I learned for production apps. To me I find pluralsight geared towards IT practicioners, development and graphics (digital-tutors) where my take on lynda is more for end-users and power-users, although lynda has development courses as well. As for pluralsigh courses I know they use thought-leaders/well-know practioners and authors for various courses which validate the expertise in the training I receive.

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