Every logo, ad or user interface (UI) you've ever seen has a graphic design behind it. Graphic design is an important part of the digital world and there is a lot to learn about it. If you're interested in entering this field, you need some guidance, and there are some great YouTube channels that can provide that.
And, just to be clear, we'll cover channels that focus on design here ̵
Finally, let's talk a little bit about software. There are many options when it comes to design-oriented programs and it is not possible to find YouTube channels that cover them all. But most design programs have fairly similar user interfaces, so some basic information can be transferred between them (and of course the principles of what makes a good logo are universal). If you need help deciding on a program, we can help you with that too.
So let's get into it without further ado.
Getting Started: GCFLearnFree.org
GCFLearnFree.org is a general educational channel, but they have a great six-part series on the basics of graphic design, which is exactly what every budding designer needs to get started. The series includes basic principles, branding, typography, color, layout and general graphics. These videos will introduce you to the world of graphic design and teach you some of the basic terminologies you need to know.
General Tips: Will Paterson
Once you have learned the basics, you will need some more general knowledge to complement your skills. Luckily for you, Will Paterson uploads three videos a week detailing his personal history in graphic design, general topics, or advice on software and hardware. Whatever platform or program you use, you are sure to get more than a few things out of Will's videos.
Specific Adobe Effects: Yes, I am a designer
The Adobe Suite (mainly Illustrator) is a fairly common tool among graphic designers. So, if you have decided to bite the bullet and jump straight out of the gate on the Adobe train, yes, I am a designer who can show you specific tricks that you can do to create fantastic graphics. Whether you want to create custom brushes in Illustrator, create neon images in Photoshop, or just need some advice on layouts – this channel has you covered.
Adobe Suite Manuals: Satori Graphics
This is another channel to help you with Adobe software. You'll find videos to help you navigate Adobe Illustrator, cover specific tools, and walk through plugins. Videos go deeper into the design process than their titles would imply, and also provide tips on things like branding and getting inspiration. And while the channel focuses primarily on Adobe products, there are also videos for other programs, such as the recent video about free design programs.
Best for Inkscape Users: Nick's Logos
Inkscape is a great design program that is both free and open source. Despite being free, it can easily match premium design software in features, which is what the Logos by Nick channel perfectly reflects.
Need an overview of the latest update? Do you want to make custom brushes? Or do you just want to make some cool looking text? Nick covers all that and more – he even has an in-depth 15-minute comparison of Adobe Illustrator and Inkscape. You can also find some design tutorials for GIMP (another free open source program, but with more focus on photo editing) here.
Design in Motion: TipTut
TipTut opens up a whole new world of design for you. Creating static logos and illustrations is one thing, but what about moving images and animations? These are valuable skills to have, and Tiptut will help you find your way with many great tutorial series. Learn the basics of animation in Adobe Animate, check out the nearly 4-hour motion design introductory course, or just check out his explanation of typography. If you're interested in this part of the design world, Tiptut is just a channel you need to check out.
Fun Redesigns: Kel Lauren
To round off our list, we wanted to end on a more relaxed channel. Kel Lauren may not focus on teaching specific techniques or effects on her channel, but enjoys redesigning logos or other random design tasks. Even with this more laid-back vibe, you will probably still pick up a few things by seeing her work. Videos are on the longer side, but with some good editing and humor, they're captivating everywhere, so just grab a bite, sit back and check out her redesigned Girl Scout cookie packaging.