What is art without an audience? For designers and hands-on business managers, it’s not enough to create a fully-functional website or app with all the latest bells and whistles. Your real goal is to make something the users will enjoy and respond to. If you’re not quite sure how to accomplish the latter, you may be interested in some UX/UI design tutorials.
You have to start somewhere, whether you’re entering a new career in UX/UI design or you’re looking to build your own site or app without a design background. To help you break into the world of UX and UI design, we’ve collected a list of the 10 best UX/UI design tutorials and online courses to teach you everything you need to know, and in some cases even get you certified.
The classes and tutorials below range from YouTube channels to blog libraries to accredited online courses, with some free and some paid, so you can find the learning style and budget best for you!
Where to find the best UX and UI design tutorials:
- Envato Tuts+
- Laith Wallace
- Caler Edwards
- Interaction Design Foundation
- The Futur
UX vs. UI: What’s the difference?
UX stands for “user experience,” which refers to the user’s behavior or “journey” using a website, app, game, etc. Specifically, UX design deals with areas like what the user sees first, screen layouts that encourage certain actions and how intuitive the controls are.
UI stands for “user interface,” which refers to how users interact with the design—controls, buttons, gestures, speech input. UI design focuses on areas like how the buttons look, hiding controls to save screen space, or translating hand gesture controls from mobile devices to desktop versions. There’s also a lot of design elements involved in perfecting functionality; for example, using typography that’s clearly legible or choosing colors that don’t clash.
Because the user experience relies heavily on the interface and vice-versa, these two fields are often lumped together. They’re different disciplines to be sure, but as you’ll find there’s plenty of overlap.
Let’s start with the NNgroup, the YouTube channel of the Nielsen Norman Group. The NNGroup has been defining and advancing UX design since the beginning—including extensive UI design coverage—and as a result their team is one of the most trusted sources on all things related to user experience.
Their YouTube channel is the perfect source for bite-sized UX/UI design tutorials. Most clips are just a few minutes long and deal with individual topics like “Fitt’s Law” or “empathy maps,” but with hundreds of videos this channel covers everything you need to know, for free. Use their helpful playlists to find the particular topics you’re looking for.
- Principles of Human-Centered Design (from co-founder Don Norman himself!)
- Customer Journey Mapping 101
- When to Use Which UX Research Method
Udemy is a big name in online courses, and both their user interface and user experience design courses are generally well-received. They offer over 300 courses just in the UX design category, with a few dozen of those for free. Course lengths vary and can contain a mixture of videos and articles.
The course selection of Udemy is excellent, with a range of UX/UI design tutorials covering not just techniques, but also how to use design tools like Adobe XD, finding jobs as a UX professional and the theory behind UX and UI reasoning. The downside is the price per course, which tends to hover around $100, but occasionally you can find them on sale for under $20.
- free to around $200 max, depending on the course
- User Experience (UX): The Ultimate Guide to Usability and UX
- Design Thinking in 3 Steps
- UX & Web Design Master Course: Strategy, Design, Development
LearnUX focuses solely on UX/UI design tutorials and courses, so that streamlines your choices a bit. One of their specialties is how-tos for design tools: they offer separate courses for Sketch, Adobe XD, Figma, InVision Studio and others, including an HTML & CSS workshop.
LearnUX runs on a subscription system, where members get access to all the videos. Considering the wealth of device tutorials, it’s a great resource if you’re deciding which tool to use and want to see each in action.
- $15/month or $144/year
4. Envato Tuts+
Tired of video guides and long for some old-school schooling? Famous for their tech tutorials, Envato Tuts+ offers an amazing selection of UX tutorials and UI tutorials in the written word—ebooks and blog-style articles—as well as video courses.
One of the great perks of Envato Tuts+ is they have an excellent selection of free UX/UI design tutorials, in particular blog guides and how-tos. It’s an ideal way to jump-start your education on a budget, or supplement other courses for a little extra. If you want a fuller treatment, subscriptions get you access to the paid courses and ebooks, plus students get a 30% discount.
- from $16.50/month
- free tutorials available
- What is Digital Accessibility in Multimedia
- Everyday Information Architecture (ebook)
- UI Design: A Practical Guide to Tabs (course)
5. Laith Wallace
The YouTube channel of Laith Wallace outshines all other UX/UI design tutorials when it comes to giving career advice. Although he does touch on design techniques and theory, Wallace is at his best when disclosing insider knowledge about getting UX/UI jobs, maintaining a freelance career and how to conduct yourself in interviews.
This channel can complement any other design course you’re taking, especially since it’s free. Most of the other tutorials in this list can cover UX theory and application, but not all of them dive this deeply into the career and professional aspects of life as a freelance designer.
- Getting Started in UX Design
- The Ultimate UX & UI Design Portfolio That Gets You Hired and Gets You Clients
- UX Design Interview Tips for Success
Skillshare has a similar setup to Udemy, and the two even share some courses and instructors. However, Skillshare tends to be a little cheaper—they offer subscriptions with unlimited access instead of Udemy’s per-course fee, plus some free classes for non-subscribers—and their UI/UX Design Classes delve into some topics Udemy doesn’t cover.
Courses at Skillshare vary in length, with some under and hour while others stretching over 10 hours. On the bright side, lessons are usually broken up into digestible 5- or 10-minute clips, making it easy to stop and start again at your own pace.
- $8/month ($2.49/month if billed annually)
- free courses available
- Intro to UX: Designing with a User-Centered Approach
- User Experience Design college course…
- Move from Graphic Designer to UX Designer
7. Caler Edwards
Caler Edwards is a popular designer who shares trade insights on his YouTube channel. His videos cover a variety of topics, from “speed art” showing his design process in time-lapse, to Adobe XD product news. But if you’re looking specifically for UX/UI tutorials, his Design.Build.Launch. playlist is like a course on its own, spanning over two hours in 8 videos and covering topics like wireframing (in Adobe XD), site design (in Webflow), responsive design and launch.
Edwards keeps the focus on what’s on his screen, making his channel ideal if you’re rather watch design in action over a talking head. That’s a huge help for new designers who are still figuring out their design editors, but he exclusively uses Adobe XD.
If you want more than just UX design, he also did a Daily UI series where he featured a new UI element every day for 60 days.
- Designing a Website in Adobe XD – Design. Build. Launch. Episode 3
- Adobe XD Auto Animate App Design
- How to Create a Button Hover in 2 Minutes
8. Interaction Design Foundation
Interaction design is a field that’s very closely related to UX, often used interchangeably. So you can consider the Interaction Design Foundation something of an user experience foundation. All of their classes revolve around UX, and offer something for beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. On top of that, they offer periodic webinars on UX topics and post blogs and ebooks regularly.
Despite the title, their courses cover a wide variety of web design instructionals, including becoming a great UI designer with 10 courses in 4 parts. It is perfect for beginners who want to learn everything all at once. With a paid membership you can access all the classes, but each one has limited enrollment so try to book early.
- from $10/month (billed annually)
- Become a UX Designer from Scratch
- The Practical Guide to Usability
- UI Design Patterns for Successful Software
9. The Futur
The Futur is a YouTube channel dedicated to teaching people “how to make a living doing what they love,” specifically in design careers. They cover a broad range of design-related topics, including an ample selection of UX and UI design tutorials.
This channel is great for its wide range of topics and the personalities of the hosts. It’s very personable and casual, with vibes like a friend giving professional advice. But don’t let that informality fool you—they get plenty technical and delve into advanced techniques when they need to.
- When Client Says “Your Price Is Too High” – How to Respond Role Play
- Typography Tutorial – 10 rules to help you rule type
- What is UX Design? Defining User Experience Design & Explaining the Process
An industry leader in online learning, Coursera partners with over 200 universities to offer college-level classes to the general public, sometimes with certification or accredited degrees upon completion. Although they cater to virtually every discipline, there’s more than a few courses for UX and UI design.
Users can pay per course or subscribe for a monthly fee, or else join Coursera Plus for unlimited access. If that seems too steep, there are some free classes available as well. Learners can take individual classes based on their interests, or choose a Specialization that involves a series of related classes.
- per course: usually $29 – $100
- subscription: $39 – $89/month
- Coursera Plus: $399/year
- free courses available
- Introduction to User Experience Design (Georgia Tech)
- User Interface Design Specialization (University of Minnesota)
- User Experience Research and Design Specialization (University of Michigan)
Get a head-start on your UX / UI journey
Whether you’re looking for a specific topic or all-inclusive lessons on everything related to UX/UI, the tutorials above should cover what you need. We included a variety of options to suit learners of different levels, budgets and prefered education style to get your started. And if you ever need a hand from a professional UX/UI designer, we have plenty of freelance designers who specialize in just that.