Best Free Mobile App Design Courses

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Mobile App Design: From Sketches to Interactive Prototypes

Learn to turn UX Design sketches into an interactive prototype on your mobile in a quick and fun way using Marvel App

Created by Pablo Stanley - Product Designer

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Students: 89386, Price: Free

UPDATE: New Section! (Section 2)

  1. Just added a new section where we go over the most modern design and prototyping tools.
  2. We discuss design tools like Sketch 3, Photoshop, and Illustrator, so you can decide what to use.
  3. Overview of static prototyping tools like Marvel App and Invision
  4. Overview of granular animation prototyping tools like Pixate, Flinto, FramerJS
  5. We create a simple design flow using Sketch!
  6. We put our prototype on Marvel

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Overview

A quick and practical course on turning your whiteboard or paper sketches into mobile prototypes. Learn to use animations and transitions to convert your static designs into easy-to-understand user flows, products, or features.

You don't need design skills, software knowledge, or even know how to draw. All you need is some paper, a pen, and an idea—a story waiting to be told.

5 reasons you should take this course

  • Prototyping is powerful. It helps an idea explain itself by letting users play with it.
  • Drawing is quick and simple. Sometimes boxes, lines, and circles are all you need to describe a product.
  • You'll have fun taking it. This course is designed for you to finish it as fast as possible and enjoy the ride.
  • You'll impress your colleagues. We all want to express ourselves, this course will empower your communication skills.
  • It's free and it doesn't suck! Seriously, I took some effort to cut what you don't need and just keep the juicy stuff ;)

So, is this the right course for you?

  • The goal of this course is to teach you how to convert your sketches, either on a whiteboard or on paper into a quick and dirty prototype on your phone.
  • I built this course for engineers, designers, product managers, or anyone interested in expressing an idea.
  • This is for creators that are in the early stages of building an app or feature—teams that want to explore ideas quickly or try different approaches to the same problem
  • This is for people that want to test their concept and show it to potential users

Who am I?

I've worked as a designer for the last 15 years. Now I'm focused on designing web and mobile products, but even with all that experience, sometimes explaining a concept with simple wireframes can be a challenge. Prototyping has helped me bridge that communication gap.

What this course does NOT cover

This course does not go into detail about usability or other UX issues. I think it's obvious by now, but this course will not teach you how to code. Remember, this is for people that are in the early stages of building a product or feature.

If you want to know a bit more about mobile UX or if you want to design a high fidelity UI, then I recommend you take my other course "Design and prototype an iOS Mobile App on Illustrator"

What do you need?

  • For this course, you only need a marker and a whiteboard, or a pencil and paper
  • A smart phone. Either an Android device or an iPhone.
  • Downloading the free Marvel App

This course is quick and practical, and my goal is for you to have fun finishing it. Prototyping has made a huge impact in my work. It's powerful. I'm sure it will help you too.

So, are you ready to start? Let's do it!
HAPPY PROTOTYPING :)

Hands on Sketch Training-Mobile App Design (Preview Course)

Try the preview version of the course for a taste of using Sketch for mobile app design. Try the full version for more.

Created by Arend Pryor - Top Rated Instructor, Sketch, Web & Mobile Design, & Health

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Students: 19508, Price: Free

Welcome to the preview version of the Hands on Sketch training for learning mobile app design. In this version of the course, I’ll walk you step-by-step through the process of duplicating your first app screen, a few popular logos and a really cool metallic button, all using Sketch.  Upon completion, you'll have a good introduction to using Sketch. For an advanced understanding, I recommend enrolling in the full version of the course.  

What kind of App screens will I be duplicating in this course?:

  • Facebook mobile app

  • Basic versions of popular mobile app Icons

  • A really cool looking metallic button

Sketch 3 is an amazing product that's gaining in popularity as the top tool for designing mobile apps due to its very intuitive controls and ease of use. If you’re interested in designing your own mobile apps, this is a great course to get your feet wet.

Course Outline:

  • Start with the basics: We'll cover Artboards and Layers (get the full version for more)

  • Mobile App Screen: Follow along as we recreate a detailed facebook mobile app screen

  • Mobile App Icons: Duplicate some common beginner mobile app icons

  • Additional Content: Sharpen your skills by re-creating an awesome looking metallic button


Class Resources & Support:

  • You'll see the process I use when designing and where I get my resources

  • If you have a question, a comment, or need help, post it in the Q & A section

  • Once enrolled, you can join us on the Slack group chat to talk about the course and get feedback from myself and others who are also enrolled. Contact me to request an invitation.

Design and Prototype an iOS8 Mobile App on Illustrator

Create beautiful, high-fidelity iOS8 app prototypes with interactions and transitions. No coding skills required.

Created by Pablo Stanley - Product Designer

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Students: 16218, Price: Free

Are you ready to blow people's minds?

Go from amateur to "iPhone App Design Badass" by using the power of prototypes. Learn to take a blank page and transform it into a complete, high-fidelity, and interactive prototype on your phone.

  • Design iOS assets from scratch using flat design (so trendy).
  • Create complete flows and pixel-perfect screens (so sharp!).
  • Prototype your creation on any smartphone (so smooth).
  • Reproduce amazing transitions and interactions with no coding at all (so smart).

(Warning: High Risk of Mind Explosions)

I'll walk you through the entire process, while skipping the boring theoretical knowledge. You will go straight to the juicy stuff, and start building the app of your dreams right away. For the prototype, we'll be using the free tool Marvel App (coming soon: InVision) and the design will be build on Adobe Illustrator (free trial available).

So, why did I create this course?

Working as a designer, documentation is often the main deliverable for clients. The problem is that when dealing with complicated interactions, documents get bulky and hard to read (google search: boring). Nobody wants to see an app on paper, they want to play with it on their phone; tap, swipe, scroll, and do a little dance. That’s why I found that creating quick mock-ups and prototypes were a more powerful way of telling a story. People are amazed to see the idea in action and you end up looking like a total champ.

Who is this course for?

This course was made for beginner to advanced designers who want to improve their skill set and want to show how their creations actually feel on a phone. Or for anyone that wants to mock-up their ideas in a realistic way.

Entrepreneurs will find this course useful to bring their dreams to the real world in an easy way. Pitching a prototype to investors will have them writing checks in no time.

This course will also prove valuable for UX and user testing. Upon completion, your designs will be transformed into interactive, high-fidelity products - without the use of expensive programmer$$$.

What you’ll learn

In this course we’ll start from a blank screen until we have a complete iPhone 6 app. You will follow along through the entire process.

We'll build a fashion shopping app following common iOS 8 patterns in navigation, animations, layouts, icons and graphics, buttons, interactivity and even color and typography. We’ll prototype a signup flow, an onboarding screen, discovery flow, search screens, and user settings. We’ll create product detail screens, brand pages, a selection menu, a tabbed menu, an image slideshow, and you'll even be able to put your smiling mugshot as a profile pic. Sweet, right?

Prototyping is powerful

Creating a prototype as a mock-up or final delivery allows for greater interaction with the product and a better understanding of how it works. It's an impactful way to present an experience or tell a story. People know how to interact with products.

Stop documenting. Start prototyping.

Take a look at the introductory video and take my free preview. I look forward to seeing you inside.

Hands-On Sketch 6 Masterclass – Preview: Web & Mobile Design

Get a preview of the Full Version with this FREE class for Mastering Sketch 6 for Mobile, Website and Logo design.

Created by Arend Pryor - Top Rated Instructor, Sketch, Web & Mobile Design, & Health

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Students: 8481, Price: Free

Welcome to the preview version of Hands-on Sketch 6 Masterclass. In this version of the course, I’ll give you a look at what you can expect to get with the full version of this course. This will give you a good introduction to using Sketch. For an advanced understanding, I recommend enrolling in the full version of the course.  

Sketch is an amazing product that's gained popularity as one of the top tools for designing mobile apps due to its very intuitive controls and ease of use. If you’re interested in designing your own mobile apps, this is a great course to get your feet wet.

Course Outline:

  • Start with the basics: We'll cover Artboards and Layers and working with Shapes

  • Magazine Cover Project: In this section, you'll get to see one of the most popular assignments for this course

  • Mobile App Screen: Follow along as I take you through adding backgrounds and applying affects

  • Logo Design: Here we'll duplicate some really cool logos, step-by-step

  • Website Design: Last but not least, I'll give you a look at using Sketch for Website design with this preview of what you'll get in the full version of the course

Class Resources & Support:

  • You'll see the process I use when designing and where I get my resources

  • If you have a question, a comment, or need help, post it in the Q & A section

Learn The Secrets of Web Design With Invision Studio

Learn The Secrets of Web Design and How Professional Designers Create Elegant Websites and Mobile Apps.

Created by Ivan Lourenço Gomes - Programmer & Front End Web Developer

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Students: 2478, Price: Free

In this course you will have an immersive experience in the web design world and learn how professional web designers create stunning websites and mobile apps using InVision Studio.

We are going to cover important topics like design principles and web design fundamentals that will teach you how to create great pieces of web design that look elegant and modern.

You'll also learn many tips for productivity and best practices to save you time and keep your web design process fast and organized.

If you want to learn the secret of web design and how professionals create great looking web pages and apps, you cannot miss this course. Enroll now and start learning immediately.

Lighting Fundamentals

Introduction to general lighting principles. Become confident setting up your studio lighting setup.

Created by Mansur Omar - Video Producer/Visual Effects Artist

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Students: 2003, Price: Free

This short course is here to lay the groundwork for you to have a solid understanding of lighting and the effect it has on your scene. I tried to deliver the content without leaving much room for fluff. The course format is pretty consistent and fast paced. Understanding lighting even at a basic level will build and improve your overall production quality. I've experienced this bump myself a couple years ago.

Learn Lighting Fundamentals in This Comprehensive Course.

  • Master the lighting essentials

  • Change the game once you learn how small adjustments have big impacts on your scenes

  • Use tricks to illuminate your subject and scene

  • Walk away with a strong understand of the lighting basics in just 30-40 minutes