One of my goals for this year has been to level up my design skills. I want to be able to put the same level of thought and craftsmanship into my design decisions as I do on the development side of things. One of the better resources for me so far has been Hack Design, a design course over weekly emails.

Last week, after signing up, I recieved Lesson 0. It was pretty light on meaty material, but introduced the weekly email format and suggested watching Objectified by Gary Hustwit. Since I had already seen it, along with the other two films in the Design Trilogy, I had mostly forgotten about the course until a new lesson showed up in my inbox this morning.

Lesson 1 contains five links to articles and resources covering the “What is Design?” topic. These hit the points you would expect for a first lesson, such as Dieter Rams Ten Principles for Good Design and an Indroduction to Interaction Design, but also a great article by P.J. Onori on how he transitioned from a developer to a designer. Each of the articles in the lesson has been a spring board for finding even more great content and design resources. One of my favorites so far has been the Creative Mornings website. It has a vast archive of short talks on a huge variety of topics. I’ll have more than enough content to keep me busy until next week’s lesson.

Hack Design has fifty lessons listed on their website, perfect for helping me hit my goal of becoming a better designer this year.