class is now in session

I wish I was talking about my kids being in class, but no. They don’t go back to school until next week. It’s been a FANTASTIC summer and I’ve been holding on to it for as long as I can, but the weather is changing around here and the kids are getting antsy and this mama is ready for some routine back in her life.

What I am talking about, though, is the online graphic design class!

graphic design class registration is open / jones design company

The wait is over … you can now sign up and learn all about Adobe Illustrator and how to create graphics using the program (I think you’ll love it!).

simplified graphic design: illustrator for beginners / and online class from jones design company

This online class was created for the beginning graphic designer who wants to learn to use Adobe Illustrator. If you’ve never opened the program, this class is for you. If you’ve played around with it a little, it’s also for you! In the 12 video lessons, we get familiar with the workspace, tools, panels, common functions, tricks and commands and then jump in to designing using text, creating shapes and using clipping masks. By the end of the online class, you’ll be able to move comfortably around Illustrator and create confidently. LEARN MORE HERE >>


While I didn’t manage to do much work this summer, I did spend some verrrry late nights creating a follow-up class for all of you who have already taken the beginning class. And, hooray!, it opens today!

Simplified Graphic Design: Projects + Techniques / and online class from jones design company

In this second Simplified Graphic Design class (called Projects + Techniques), I walk you through all the ways I use Illustrator on a regular basis.


(just a sample of the things we will create in class)

From creating logos, to setting up custom color palettes, drawing and illustrating (even if you don’t have a ton of skills), creating a layered design board and much more. There are so many great projects + techniques (get it?!) that you can use to bring your design ideas to life. LEARN MORE HERE >>


  • Both classes take place online
  • Each consists of 12 HD videos + resources + printable keyboard shortcuts
  • You’ll have instant access and can begin right away
  • Work at your own pace
  • There is no start or end date (which means you have unlimited access!)

If you’d like to join both classes, save $20 when you purchase the bundle.


Bloggers will love these courses for creating original graphics for their online spaces. Business owners will love it for branding and creating products. Teachers will love it for making their classrooms and worksheets prettier. Most of all, you’ll love the spark of creativity you’ll find when you learn how to effectively use Adobe Illustrator.

I can’t wait to see you in class!



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DIY Bulletin Board

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50% off all art prints / jones design company

4TH Annual SUMMER Sale – save 50% on all art prints

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fun freebie / fruit note cards

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