Professional development courses for designers

Welcome to a curated list of professional development resources for designers. Whether you have a professional development budget through your job or you’re simply looking to improve in a particular area, use this list to browse courses and find something you like. While there are many places online to find classes, I’ve attempted to round up the best ones and point to various sites that are worth a browse, where you might find something else you like. Do you have suggestions for additions to this list? Feel free to message me.

Leadership, coaching & management

Demystifying Management Program

Wherewithall / Lara hogan
The one-stop shop to hone the broad range of skills you need to lead a successful team.

The Courageous Leadership Program

Active voice
Step out of self-doubt and into your power as a tech and design leader—no matter your job title.

Design Leaders Studio

Design leaders studio
Design leaders studio was created for designers who are considering or have recently transitioned from a practising designer into a manager role. Many of the reference points are from the product design practice, however the majority of the content is transferable to other design disciplines.

Strategic Design Leadership

second wave dive
Learn to talk about design differently to make things–influence, impact, value–happen. Practice the business, communication, and analytical skills you need to be seen and heard–at any level.

Design Org Strategy

second wave dive
Define how Design creates, delivers, and capture value better or differently than other functional units. Learn the proven frameworks, skills, tools and judgement needed to gain trust and increase influence at the executive level.

Group Executive Coaching for Experienced Design Leaders

Leading design
A three month group executive coaching programme for mid-to-senior design leaders.

Creative Leader Roundtable

Creative Leader Roundtable
Creative Leader Roundtable is a one of a kind coaching community. Discover practical ways to lead your team more effectively and to discuss issues you’re facing with fellow leaders.

Developing Confidence to Influence and Lead

An impactful leadership program with 2 workshops to help you understand how to navigate roadblocks and challenges in your career, and how to build confidence and influence as a senior - lead product designer.

Leadership Development Program

An impactful leadership program with 2 workshops to help you assess your growth areas and grow your capacity, building trust with your team, shifting the mood of a team to get commitments that drive the outcomes you want.

Navigating Difficult Conversations

As a manager, learning to communicate more effectively with your team requires up-leveling your skills. We're creating a safe space for you to work on your skills, reflect on the key components of developing effective communication skills to influence change within your organization and beyond.

Level up Your Career as a Lead Product Designer

In this two-part workshop series we will provide frameworks and methods to help you understand your skills, areas of improvement, and superpowers. We will break down the design leadership hierarchy, and teach methods and best practices to help you get clarity for the next steps in your career.

Leading for Creativity

Learn how to lead with vision, through culture, and alongside your team. Gain techniques to guide others through uncertainty using the process of experimentation and shift the culture by tapping into beliefs and behaviors that support creativity.