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the work you do

The world is digital and design isn’t going anywhere. Learn a transferable skill that you can apply to work, business or personal projects.
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Gain a valuable skill

Graphic design is visual problem solving for a particular audience. It's used across almost every industry, utilized in most of the products/brands you use, and it is a key tool in branding, business, marketing and many other fields.

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Learning a new skill isn’t always easy. We teach in a way that caters to early-stage learners like you. That means that concepts are broken down into bite-size pieces and spoken in a language that you can understand, using scenarios that you can relate to.

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Your design goals may be large or small. Either way, we want you to be competent and confident in implementing the skills you’ve learned. Apply design skills in your job or business, learn quickly, and only retain what you need.

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Hey, I'm Shannel

I want to see you win with design

My mission is to empower learners with graphic design and branding knowledge to create a vehicle toward personal and professional development. When you understand how to use design to solve visual problems and can apply it to your own life—that’s powerful!

As a graphic designer, 2X author, professor, creative strategist, and founder of Awesome Design Academy,  my passion and purpose in design stem from my love for art as a child.  It developed from a myriad of experiences in Corporate America, startups, nonprofits, and my own business ventures over the last 15+ years. Now I want to transfer my knowledge to you because I believe you can gain awesome opportunities with design, just like I did.

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What our awesome learners are saying

I loved the content and format utilized for this training course. Prior to taking this course, I felt that Illustrator was a bit intimidating. The lessons taught during this course built upon one another and were easy to follow.
Rochelle Wheeler
Marketing manager and entrepreneur
I had the privilege of working with Shannel for over a year. Her knowledge of the graphic design industry is impressive; her patience with me even more! I was out of the field of design for ten years and needed to get back into it to change up my journey. Her understanding, guidance and lessons are exactly what I needed. I know am able to design again with the confidence that I can do this.
Kent Sanford
Art studio manger
Thank you again for this class. It was very informative and helpful. It confirms that this is something I want to do.
Etosha Manning
Graphic design student
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Latest Courses

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Graphic Design Fundamentals

Get a comprehensive introduction to graphic design, from careers to fundamental principles to software

Project Pact: Learn and Execute the Design Process from Start to Finish

A six-week live virtual course to create a real project for your portfolio. The pact only works if you do!

1-1 Online Graphic Design Sessions

Tackle your design challenges with a more personalized touch. We'll evaluate your specific design needs, create a learning plan and execute.
How it works

Choose the course that's right for you

Whether you’re a beginner, developing in your design journey or just looking for some help to boost your professional or personal skills, there’s help for you. For the designer or the non-designer, you understand that design is a desired skillset that is utilized across many professions and industries. So let’s level up!

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Looking for more insight about where to start? Schedule a one-on-one discovery session.

Choose the course level that's right for your needs.
Partake in awesome learning that will help you level up professionally or personally, utilizing design and/or branding principles.
Put what you've learned into action through practice. Create realistic goals and complete them!
Continue to level up through execution, additional classes/courses or deeper consulting.

Keep your designs on track

Get the Graphic Design Checklist

Should my images be high resolution? Do I need to include a bleed? What color mode should be used, RGB or CMYK? Is the messaging clear? No matter if your creative project is for work, school, business, organizational, or personal— it's always a great practice to make sure what you work on meets the minimum requirements needed for a successful design.

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