YouTube has channels that cover every conceivable topic. Whether you want to watch the latest movie releases or learn a new trade or skill, you can be sure to find what you need on the web’s biggest video library.
As blogs continue in their popularity, one skill that a lot of people are interested in is web design. Having a strong and memorable homepage is a vital part of any individual’s or company’s branding — after all, it’s normally the first port of call for people who want to contact you, learn about you, or request your services.
Unsurprisingly, YouTube has thousands of videos and channels for web design beginners, and what’s great is that it’s a skill you can learn at any age. Here we look at some of the best ones to get you started.
The 1st Web Designer channel was launched back in 2008 and has since gone on to amass more than two million subscribers.
They normally post one new video every week and cover the more creative side of web design. Recently published videos that are typical of what you can expect are “The Power of Simplicity for Web Designers” and “Landing Pages 101: How to Create a Powerful and Converting Sales Page”.
They also host a regular question and answer session, and have an engaging podcast which you can download via their accompanying website.
Unlike 1st Web Designer, Adam focuses on the more practical aspects of web design. He is a one-man show, but his videos are all clear, informative, and easy to follow regardless of your level of expertise.
The playlists are well organized, with each focusing on a different skill and ability level. If you need any further convincing, consider this: his videos have received almost 20 million views since he went live in 2008.
As its name suggests, LearnCode.academy is a huge resource for anyone who wants to learn about web design and programming but isn’t sure where to start.
The channel is much newer than the two we mentioned so far, but their frequent releases have propelled them to 100,000 subscribers in just two and a half years.
Mike’s channel is like 1st Web Designer’s in that it looks at the creative and theoretical side of design more than the practical side.
He has over 15 years of web design experience, and his depth of knowledge clearly shines through in his productions.
Many of the videos are recorded from the front seat of his car, and in them he offers his thoughts on topics such as flat UI design vs. skeuomorphic design, responsive frameworks, and how to build a site around its content.
Once you’ve mastered some of the coding basics, his channel is a must-see that will move you onto the next level of web design.
The New Boston channel (stylized as thenewboston) has been online since 2008, during which time their videos have been viewed a staggering 214 million times.
The number of playlists is almost endless, covering everything from Bootstrap tutorials for beginners to Adobe Premier Pro lessons.
Their YouTube channel is just one part of their content network. They also have a very active Twitter feed, a highly engaging website, and extensive user-based forums.
Derek is unique in that he takes requests from his followers about what videos they would like to see created. It means if you’re stuck on one particular aspect of web design, you can contact him and see if he’ll help you out.
This has led to a broad range of topics being covered in his channel, with extensive beginner guides on PHP, Java, MySQL, and web services, among others. He is also a very talented Android app developer and has a lot of videos dedicated to making apps for the Google Play Store.
Bizarrely enough, the odd meal recipe also sneaks into the mix, and all of what he cooks looks really good. If you’re a techie and a food junkie, this is definitely a channel for you!
As the name indicates, this channel almost solely produces videos about PHP code. While PHP has fallen out of popularity amongst newer coders in favor of languages like Ruby and Python, it’s still a vital part of the web development industry.
Due to the channel’s narrow focus, it allows them to go into a great deal of depth on aspects of PHP that don’t receive much coverage elsewhere. Playlists on topics like “Easy PHP Validation with Violin” and “Create Your Own PHP Mail Wrapper” are the kind of thing you can expect.
That said, there is some non-PHP content. CSS, Java, and Github all get attention, making this a well-rounded channel for people who are just setting out on their web design journey.
What Did We Miss?
We’ve tried to give you a broad range of channels to get you started, but we’re sure we’ve missed some.
Did you learn web design by using YouTube? What channels did you find invaluable? Perhaps there’s a small undiscovered gem that’s desperately in need of followers? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.
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