18 web design YouTube channels you need to watch

11. LevelUp Tuts

The mission of this channel is to help you become a better web developer. It has a comprehensive collection of videos – over 800 – with new ones added regularly. So what languages and technologies are making the grade? If you’re keen to learn Vue and React then there is plenty populating the playlists. GraphQL, Gatsby, Apollo and Redux are all getting their own space. But the channel is not too dev heavy. It also includes HTML5 videos, Drupal, CSS, Sass, Sketch and WordPress among many. Check out the store to get yourself a neat geek t-shirt.

12. Google Chrome Developers

Every designer and developer knows who the Big G is, and unsurprisingly it has a lot to offer. Google’s reach on the web is pretty wide and this is reflected in what the channel brings to the table. Progressive web apps, Chrome DevTools, UX design, Polymer, speed and performance are all in there. Google is not shy and retiring when it comes to shows, conferences and talks, and these are all sitting among the more practical videos. The company runs its own developer shows where you can get the lowdown on all the latest developments and news. This channel is a must for any developer.

13. Ihatetomatoes

Ihatetomatoes is all about the front end and is brought to you by the enthusiastic and knowledgeable Petr Tichy. There are HTML and CSS videos but the bigger focus in on animation, with a playlist dedicated to GreenSock, along with parallax scrolling, ScrollMagic and skrollr. However, there’s still enough morsels for back end devs: a lot of the recent additions have been aimed at React, with additional Angular, VS Code and webpack videos completing the dev collection. One other playlist that’s well worth a look is Website Deconstructions. Here, Tichy takes a closer look at a specific design element and then works out how it is constructed.  

14. The Net Ninja

If you are looking to get a black belt in web development then this video dojo is a great place to learn. Regular (almost daily) updates are the order of the day. Typically, new videos come in series, meaning viewers get a complete course. So what courses are on offer? Vuetify, Vue CLI, D3, React, Redux, Firebase, Materialize, Firestore, object-oriented JavaScript, CSS variables and Django are the latest additions. Keeping this comprehensive channel company are playlists that take a closer look at WebSockets, Angular, Sass, Git and GitHub, Bootstrap, Node.js and much, much more. 

15. Kent C Dodds

Dodds is a man who likes to talk about JavaScript and other web issues. He posts on a weekly basis and covers a wide spectrum of JS-related content. With over 300 videos to choose from there is pretty much something for everyone. He presents in an easy to follow manner with the screen typically dedicated to live code. Recent additions take a look at React but there is also content on how to improve a11y and usability, effective unit testing, designing an API for extensibility and installing Gatsby. To help work through the videos there are some useful playlists.

16. JSConf

JSConf is a series of JavaScript conferences from around the world and the channel releases many of its conference talks for free after every event it holds. JavaScript is the common denominator here but it’s not solely dedicated to the subject. Recent additions to the channel include SPA at Scale, Lessons in WebAssembly, Augmenting the Internet with Browser Extensions and RxJS: A Better Way To Write Front-end Applications. If you like to do your learning via talks there’s plenty of current content to enjoy.

17. Zac Gordon

This channel is centred around JavaScript and how it is used in WordPress. There’s a wide variety of topics covered within the scope of the subject. For example, a comprehensive selection of videos demonstrates how to use the Atom editor. Meanwhile, the Learning JavaScript course is broken down into all the essential components that a user needs to get up to speed with JS – one example being Statements, Expressions and Keywords in JavaScript. Plus there’s also a host of talks from the 2018 JavaScript for WordPress Conference, a look at WordPress’s Gutenberg and various case studies on WP API and JS.

18. Codedamn

Started back in 2015, this channel offers a huge library of videos across a range of JavaScript-related content. New videos are added every week and are typically part of a specific course. While each course is easy to find thanks to branded start screens, they are also all neatly packaged into playlists for quick access. So what’s on offer? There are basic JavaScript tutorials, plus tutorials on Angular 6 (and other versions), Babel, React Native, Vue.js, Ionic, ReactJS, TypeScript, MongoDB, Node.js, Bootstrap, PHP, Chrome extension and RequireJS to name a few. It even has over 30 jQuery tutorials if that’s your bag.  

This article originally appeared issue 315 of net, the world's leading magazine for web designers and developers. Buy issue 314 or subscribe here.

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