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I’ve used affiliate links wherever possible here, so should you make a purchase after clicking on them, I will receive a small referral fee. If you couldn’t already tell by looking at the list, I’m carefully curating it, meaning that it only includes resources I use personally, and that have helped me make a difference in my business and the businesses I support.
Full disclosure, I was once a classroom teacher. Both of my parents were teachers. Heck, even my little sister's a teacher. A positive attitude towards life-long learning was something that was drilled into me at a young age. I'm still very much into growth and self-development. I love discussing new ideas and supporting other learners in their own journeys how ever I can. If you're interested in learning about design, and where it intersects with business, this is an excellent place to start.
There's nothing quite like some good old fashioned book Learnin'. As a general rule, I like to have my books shipped to my local Indigo in Guelph, whenever possible.
Chris Do and his team at The Futur, have spent the past few years cultivating a vast collection of educational resources on the topic of business and design. From videos and courses to digital resources and mastermind groups, this community is second to none, and I highly recommend checking them out.
When you're starting up your own business, you'll quickly realize there's a lot of things you're going to have to learn on the fly, or hire someone else to do for you. Hiring people isn't a luxury we all have, and we need to figure some things out on our own. Skillshare is a great place to do this. For me specifically, I've learned a ton about photography, which has helped me add exponential value to the work I do with my clients.
Over the past few years, there has been a serious imbalance between the support brands need, and what the education system produces. Level C is here to bridge that gap. If you're keen to learn what it takes to support some of the world's largest brands, and you want the certification to back it up, check out the programs they have to offer.
If you're anything like me, you're pretty particular about your gear, and you would rather save up for the best version of that thing you need. Every single one of these companies, have sold me something that has made my life better in some way, shape, or form. I expect they won't let you down either.
For the Web
I got my start designing websites. In figuring out things the hard way, I quickly learned which programs and integrations worked best together. These are the platforms, programs, and design elements that I use in all of my client work. May they serve you as well as they have me.
Creative assets are your best friend. Why put pressure on yourself to create new assets for each project you work on, when hundreds of thousands of designers world-wide are making beautiful assets, available for purchase or to use as inspiration for your own designs. Happy hunting!
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