There are a lot of different ways to learn about web design and development. Blogs and online tutorials can be extremely useful (and they were instrumental for me), but YouTube is also a great source of content. There are many channels that share design and development tutorials, as well as news and trends, and even tips for growing your own business as a freelancer or finding a job.
If you’re interested in learning more about web design and development, here are 15 YouTube channels that you should definitely check out. There is a good bit of variety here, as some focus on more technical aspects of web development, while others are design-oriented, and a few produce a lot of videos on the business aspects.
With over 400,000 subscribers, Gary Simon’s DesignCourse channel is a great resource. Gary has 20 years of development experience and on his channel he has a huge collection of educational videos that will teach you how to become a web developer. He publishes two new videos each week, so there is always plenty of new stuff to watch and learn.
Gary has a lot of experience creating courses for big names in the industry like Envato and Lynda, so he’s very comfortable teaching and guiding you through the lessons that you’ll need to learn.
Although a lot of the videos focus on coding, Gary also covers topics related to design and UI on his channel. If you’re looking for a place to learn more and grow your web design skills, this is a great place to start.
Many web designers also do logo design, and logo design is the primary focus for Will Paterson. He releases multiple new videos each week and a majority of them cover logo design in some form.
In addition to logo design, Will also covers some general design-related topics, and he’s got some great videos on freelancing and building a business.
You’ll love the series where Will critque’s the logo designs of some of his subscribers. It’s a great way to learn and see the thought process of a pro, and maybe you’ll even be able to get your own logo critiqued.
As I’m sure you would expect, the content from LearnCode.academy focusses mostly on the coding and development aspect. With more than 600,000 subscribers, this is an extremely popular channel. New videos aren’t added all that frequently right now (11 videos added in the past year) but there is a ton of great content throughout the archives.
You’ll find some really useful videos on HTML and CSS that are intended for beginners, which is a great starting point. There are also videos on other topics like responsive design that will take your skills to the next level.
4. Derek Banas
The content covered on Derek Banas’ channel is broader than many of the other channels featured here. You’ll find videos on things like coding websites, creating video games, exercising, and many other topics (like a recent video on how to play the ukelele).
Derek creates videos based on user requests, so if there is something in particular that you want to learn, you can reach out to him (although with 900,000+ subscribers I imagine he gets a lot of requests).
Charli Marie is a London-based web and graphic designer with a channel that mostly covers topics related to web design and the business aspects of design.
Her Design a Website series (5 videos) serves as a good starting point for new designers. Charli also has a number of videos that are collaborations with other designers, and you can learn a lot from those conversations.
My favorite aspect of Charli Marie TV is the business aspect. Her videos on freelancing and remote work can be incredibly valuable.
Jesse Showalter is a designer and front-end developer living in Hawaii. His channel is very active, with more than 70 videos published in the past year. His videos focus specifically on web design, so if you are looking to learn about topics like CSS, user interface design, layouts, typography, and more, this is a great channel for you.
In addition to the videos on web design, Jesse also creates videos on topics related to remote work and freelance. Jesse works full-time as a remote employee and freelances on the side, so he’s got some great experience and insight into those topics that can be so important in this industry.
7. Brad Hussey
If you have an interest in working as a freelance designer or growing your own business, Brad Hussey’s channel is one that you’ll want to follow. Brad is a very experienced designer and developer with years of teaching experience. He does have plenty of content on his channel related to coding (like a series on how to learn jQuery), but the freelancing and business-related videos are the highlight.
Brad is very entertaining and he keeps the videos interesting. He has videos covering topics like dealing with rude clients, pricing your services, working as a consultant, when to quit your job, and much more.
The folks at InVision have produced a lot of great content related to web and mobile design. They have a lot of in-depth talks (usually 40-60 minutes) with various designers that are very insightful and cover a wide range of topics. They also have some Design Sprints videos that are much shorter and very concise.
While the InVision channel does not have in-depth tutorials for learning specific things like you will get from a lot of these other channels, the conversations with experienced designers can be a great way to learn and grow as well.
Stefan Mischook has been creating websites since 1994, which gives him 25 years of experience in the industry! He has been teaching design and programming for more than 10 years.
Stefan’s channel covers all kinds of aspects of development and coding, including working in the industry. You won’t find a lot of coding tutorials here (although there are some), but Stefan has some great insight that will be very helpful as you try to find work in the industry, regardless of whether that is through employment or freelancing.
What really makes this channel are the series of videos that they produce. They have an incredible 49-part series that covers the entire process of coding your own social network. There are also shorter series for creating your own Instagram, creating a search engine, creating a Facebook bot, and several others. By working through a series you can learn a start-to-finish process to create something real, which is perfect for learning new skills.
While there has only been 1 new video added to this channel in the past 6 months, this is a channel that has archives that are worth digging into.
DevTips was at one time a weekly show, although new videos have not been added as frequently recently. The hosts, David and MPJ, cover all kinds of topics related to code.
You may also really appreciate the series called “Let’s Build an Online Business”.
Maex offers tutorials on Sketch, Adobe XD, InVision, Marvel & Principle and other UI/UX tools. The Sketch beginners series and the series on Adobe XD are great resources for new designers.
While most of the more recent videos are design tutorials, some of the older videos cover freelancing and the business side of design.
Designer Ran Segall has some excellent videos available through the Flux channel. You’ll find videos on topics like UI design, logo design, freelancing, and more.
Although all of the content is great, his video Getting Started in Web Design is a perfect starting point. The real highlights of this channel include a series on How to Start Freelancing and Building a Design Portfolio are invaluable if you are trying to break into the industry.
Flux is also a very active channel, with more than 20 videos published in the past month.
You’ll find collections of videos on popular apps like Sketch, and others series of videos all with purpose of helping you to learn web design.
15. Quentin Watt Tutorials
Quentin Watt is a web developer based in South Africa and his channel provides design and development tutorials. His Build a Website series consists of 22 videos and is an excellent introduction that takes you through the entire process of creating and coding a website.
In addition to many other coding tutorials, Quentin has a large number of HTML5 and CSS3 tutorials that covers a bunch of aspects that will be very useful for beginners.
A series of Prestashop tutorials is great if you’re looking to build an ecommerce site.
As you can see, there are plenty of awesome design and development videos available on YouTube. The channels that are featured here could keep you busy for quite some time, and more importantly, get you started as a designer/developer.
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