1. Charli Marie —
Charli Marie is a London-based graphic designer and YouTuber who covers a variety of topics in her videos that are incredibly valuable to freelance designers: from creating mockups to making sure you get paid on time to frank discussions on burnout. To balance out the design and career advice-focused videos she creates, Charli Marie gives glimpses into her personal and professional life, like her series of videos on how and why she learned to code. On her channel, expect a first-person look into the freelance graphic designer life delivered in an easy, conversational narration style.
2. Yes I’m a Designer —
Yes I’m a Designer is a design tutorial channel created by Martin Perhiniak, a graphic designer based in the United Kingdom. Instead of narrating his videos, he provides instructions and insight via text in the corner of the screen on each video. Each tutorial covers a specific technique that he explains through these text blurbs as he demonstrates the technique. Elsewhere on the channel, Yes I’m a Designer covers Photoshop updates, working with Illustrator, working with InDesign, product reviews and basic lessons in learning Photoshop.
Specific videos you’ll find on Yes I’m a Designer include:
- Creating animal hybrids in Photoshop
- New brushes in Photoshop for 2018
- Shading and coloring vector illustrations in Illustrator
- Symmetrical composition in InDesign
- Learn how to draw anything in Illustrator
3. Gigantic —
Gigantic, whose real name is Marco, is a graphic artist based in Montenegro who creates flat character designs in Adobe Illustrator. His videos primarily focus on specific aspects of character design, like drawing superheroes or dragons. One thing you’ll notice about his videos is that he uses the word “easy” in many of their titles. He’s not underselling himself, he’s making his work look easy to viewers. Click on any one of them to watch him walk you through creating a type of character or going over an aspect of designing characters in Adobe Illustrator, step by step.
4. The Simple Designers —
Like their name implies, The Simple Designers keep it simple. You won’t hear human voices at all in their videos, just beat-heavy music as you watch them turn basic shapes into cute 2D images in Adobe Illustrator. Their tutorials get super specific, so expect to learn how to make images like medical icons, calendar icons and beach scenes when you watch this YouTube design channel.
5. Dan Gartman —
From his videos, you might think Dan Gartman is just a tattooed pair of hands that can rip through a pencil drawing at a breakneck speed. And although he does do that, that’s not all. Dan also has a few tutorials on his channel, including one about using a grid as an illustration aid and one on making line art look great. But the bulk of his videos are his speed drawing videos. His fast-moving hands will mesmerize you as you watch him create quirky, video game-y characters and scenes. Prepare to feel inspired.
6. Will Paterson —
If you want to know what’s wrong with certain famous logos, like the Google and Starbucks logos, look no further than Will Paterson’s YouTube design channel. Will Paterson’s not just a critic, he’s a graphic designer who does product reviews and provides valuable logo design tips that you can use to improve your own logo design skills. He also critiques his subscribers’ logos, giving a thorough “why” with every review.
7. Every Tuesday —
If you’re wondering when Teela Cunningham posts new videos, take a look at her YouTube design channel name. Every Tuesday features typography and watercolor effects. Her channel is mostly tutorials that show how to create certain effects in your work, like:
- Seamless patterns in Illustrator
- Paint streak typography in Photoshop
- Confetti brush in Photoshop
- Drop shadow effects in Illustrator
- Watercolor textures for typography in Photoshop
- Blending with metallic watercolor paints
Every Tuesday’s style is painterly. It’s flowy, streaky and fabulous whether she’s working on paper or on screen.
8. Matt Borchert —
Matt Borchert, a designer based in Minneapolis, MN, is a designer who creates tutorials. His videos are technical, but don’t feel intimidated—his instructions are easy to follow and he walks the viewer through every step of each process he explains. A few examples of the kinds of design tutorials he publishes are:
- Creating sliced text in Photoshop
- Loading brushes in Illustrator
- Exporting layers in Photoshop
- Scaling patterns in Illustrator
Although most of his videos are tutorials, he also has videos that cover broader skills designers should develop, like improving UX with Nielsen’s 10 usability heuristics and handling negative feedback on their work. He also gives advice about products designers use and helps viewers choose the right products for themselves. He’s covered buying the right hard drive, choosing between a PC or a Mac laptop and various part considerations for designers who want to build their own PCs.
9. The Futur —
The Futur isn’t one person, but a group of guys based in Santa Monica, California who make videos on a variety of entrepreneurship and lifestyle topics, covering everything from how to supercharge your personal brand to duplicating likes and comments on Facebook ads to really determining what you’re good at. The Futur aims to prepare and pump up new and aspiring entrepreneurs who need confidence boosts and tactical advice to pursue their goals.
10. Pixel & Bracket —
Pixel & Bracket is headed by Spencer, a designer from Indianapolis, Indiana. His videos fall into a few categories: Adobe Illustrator tutorials, spotlights on free goods available on Creative Market (an online marketplace for design assets) and discussions on topics that are relevant to creative entrepreneurs, like setting goals and developing ideas. This third video category also includes discussions about Spencer’s personal experience, like why he chose to quit his previous job and why he spends his time creating relatively basic Illustrator tutorials for his YouTube channel. All of his discussions are delivered in a conversational, easy-to-follow manner that makes Pixel & Bracket’s videos feel more like a conversation with a friend than an instructional channel.