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Be Your Own Designer

Where entrepreneurs learn to design their own graphics in just 30 days


You have SO MUCH design and brand envy from looking at your competition’s website, but you're so frustrated because you have no idea how to create professional looking graphics like their's.


Where do I start? What program do I use? How do I make sure my graphics don’t look cheap and DIYed?

I know how crazy overwhelming it can be to just to open a design program let alone teach yourself how to use it. And on top of that, you have to figure how where the heck to begin!

(For real, WHY are there so many buttons, tools and control panels?!)

If you’ve ever felt till this, I’ve got just what you’re looking for.


 

But first, let’s imagine how good it would feel...


To finally be proud to show off your website.


Or feel confident handing a potential client your business card.


How freaking amazing would it feel to have designed your own graphics that you’re ACTUALLY fully in love with?!
On top of that, you no longer have to compromise your designs because of the limitations placed on you by simplified design programs. No more giving up on what you’ve envisioned just because you don’t know how to physically execute your ideas on the computer.

The overwhelm is completely gone and the world is your oyster!
(A really well-designed oyste
r, that is).

This all sounds pretty dang perfect, right?!


I want you to get rid of your design envy (it’s not good for the soul) and instead become a design guru yourself!

All it takes is four weeks of my newest online course, Be Your Own Designer.

Be Your Own Designer is a step-by-step course teaching you the basic skills and tools you need to know in order to design graphics for your blog or business within my favorite design program, Adobe Illustrator.



 
Adobe Illustrator is the project that I use to design literally everything for both mine and my client's businesses.

It can be used to design everything from print products like business cards and brochures to web graphics like social media templates and banners. It's also the one program you should always use to design a logo.


So really it does it all.

(There’s a reason it’s the first program I learned in design school!)


But, just like any Adobe program, Illustrator does have an overwhelming amount of tools. But don’t worry because I’m here to cut the overwhelm! (Just think of me as a graphic design superhero, here to save you from your own frustration).


I’ve compiled a list of the tools and functions I use the most and am teaching you how to use them too
– holding your hand the whole way, of course.


Each week after you’ve mastered a new set of tools, we’ll put your new design skills to use to create a new graphic for your business. Double score – new skills and new graphics all at once?! Sign me up.

Be Your Own Designer is essentially a spark notes version of a semester at design school

(with WAY less stress and WAY less tuition – although feel free to eat plenty of Ramen while we work to feel like you’re getting the full college experience).


The course is separated into four different modules which will be released weekly so you can easily digest the new information a little bit at a time.


Here’s what we’ll work on in each module:



Goal: Get a simplified crash course in basic design principles, concepts and knowledge. This week alone will put you leaps and bounds ahead of untrained DIY designers.

Lessons:

  • Gain a better grasp on Adobe Illustrator as a program and how it differs from the other Adobe products (like Photoshop and InDesign)

  • Understand one of the most fundamental design concepts – Raster vs. Vector graphics – in order to ensure your images will never be blurry or pixelated again

  • Find out what you need to do differently when designing for print as opposed to designing for the web

  • Learn the essential design principles that will seriously up level your eye for design (and therefore make your graphics look profesh)


Goal: Design your own business cards using the most basic tools in Illustrator

Lessons:

  • Learn how to set up a new document for both print and web design projects

  • Lay a foundation for maneuvering the workspace by learning the setup and layout

  • Learn to create basic shapes and lines, change colors and use the type tools

  • Add images to your design files and find out how to ensure they’re a high enough resolution for your project (never have a blurry image again!)


Goal: Design your own social media or blog post template to create cohesive web graphics for your brand


Lessons:

  • Learn how to crop images into any shape you want

  • Separate your work into layers in order to better organize your files

  • Add effects to your artwork like transparency and drop shadows

  • Go over what you should include in your social media graphics

  • Learn how to set up a template in Illustrator


Goal: Create your own branded, custom icons using the pen tool

Lessons:

  • How to use the pen tool (the BEST tool in all of Illustrator)

  • How to edit individual sections of shapes and lines

  • How to combine and subtract shapes from one another to create new shapes entirely

  • How to vectorize raster images (don’t worry if you have no idea what this means yet, just know it's going to be SUPER useful).


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PRE-RECORDED VIDEOS

These lessons will all be taught by pre-recorded videos that you’ll have lifetime access to.
This means you can re-watch or pause them as many times as you need in order to go at your own pace! It also means that if you’re busy the week a module comes out, you can watch it the next week (or even after the course is over) without any hassle.


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DOWNLOADABLE WORKSHEETS

The course will also come with a multitude of worksheets, cheat sheets and guides to serve as resources to reference while designing throughout the course and after it's over. I want you to learn this program as easily as possible so I’m including everything you could possibly need to get there!



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FACEBOOK COMMUNITY

And what good would a course be without a group of friends to go along with it?! Asking questions and getting design feedback is going to be a huge part of this course, which can all be done in our exclusive Facebook group just for students enrolled in the course!




PLUS, for a limited time, I’m offering some sweet bonuses to hold your hand a little further into your design journey!


This training will teach you how to use a function in Illustrator that will speed up your design process and keep all of your branding materials in one spot, no matter what computer you’re using!
This has saved me TONS of time over the last few years and I know you’ll find it useful too!


This bonus is for anyone with an online presence (so, everyone). Together we’ll make social media banners (and make sure they’re the correct size, not pixelated, and integrated for mobile and desktop view), as well as talk through designing your own infographics and a custom email signature.




Be Your Own Designer will begin on October 1st.

Module one will be released on October 1st, and modules 2-4 will be released the next three consecutive weeks.

 

The next time I'm opening this class, it's going up in price by at least $100

Enroll today to get LIFETIME access to the course!

This course is not open for enrollment.

"Mariah taught me literally everything I know about Adobe Illustrator. She took the time to answer all my dumb questions and was completely real about what I needed to know as a designer. She makes it so easy to follow along and is such a nice person in general. I highly recommend taking her course!"

- Alyssa Pearson, Pearson Design

Mariah is very upbeat, energetic and has the industry experience that made it very easy to feel very comfortable around new Adobe programs. She was able to easily explain the ins and outs I needed to learn in order to get the job done."

- Brittany Long, BNL Design & Photo


Money Back Guarantee
30 Day Money Back Guarantee

Although I really think you’re going to kick major butt in this program and am certain you’re going to love the course, I also completely understand that it may initially be a scary investment, so rest assured I have a return policy.


If for whatever reason you’re not satisfied with the course material, you may request a refund within 30 days of the course release date (which ahem, is enough time to get through then entire course). All you have to do is email me in the first 30 days of the course, let me know why you’re not satisfied with the program, and send proof that you've done work towards the course material. I value your feelings and our relationship more than a couple hundred bucks, so if you’re not happy with the program, I’ll issue a refund, no problem!



 

Hold it right there!

I want you to know a few more things about Be Your Own Designer before you press that buy button:


You 100% can be a designer. Graphic design relies just as much on formulas and rules as it does on creativity. In the first module we go over all of the important design principles that once implemented, I swear, will make your designs go from ammeter to amazing. Before I learned these principles in college, my graphics were ugly too – so don’t worry, you’re not alone! This course is about more than just learning the technical side of design. You’re getting the whole shebang so you can become a real, live, professional designer!

Adobe Illustrator IS a paid-for program, so you will need to purchase a subscription from Adobe. However, you can get Illustrator for as little as $20 a month AND you can get a free 1-month trial (which is also why I kept this course to only four weeks long – you don't even have to pay for the program until the course is over). Illustrator is only a few more dollars a month than Canva for Work and is still WAY cheaper than hiring a graphic designer (Ahem... $100/hr for a designer vs. paying for this course is kind of a no brainer).


You DON’T need to have any drawing skills to be a graphic designer. I’ll teach you how to essentially trace your own graphics. All you need is some practice with the pen tool (which is super different than drawing by hand) and you’ll be good to go! (I have some sweet worksheets to teach you this step too, so don’t be worried!)


 

Is this course right for you? Let’s find out!



This course is perfect if…

  1. You’re a blogger or business owner wanting to learn how to create your own graphics


  2. You’re a marketing manager or virtual assistant looking to add graphic design to your list of skill sets


  3. You’re an aspiring graphic designer yourself and want to learn the most fundamental program in the field


  4. You’re just really tired of trying to teach yourself design programs and are so annoyed by the limitations of free online tools


This course is not open for enrollment.

 

Worried this course won’t work for you? I bet I can prove you wrong!


For those of you who are thinking
“I’m not artistic enough"

Before I went to college, I had no idea I had any artistic ability. Literally none. I took a Photoshop class once in 9th grade, but otherwise, I had zero experience. After I learned I had a knack for drawing, I thought I’d try to get into the design program after teaching myself Illustrator. Guys – I didn’t even get accepted into the program on the first try because my stuff was that bad. Once I properly learned about design rules and the correct ways to use the program, my design skills became infinitely better and I was accepted the second time I applied!

The point is, just because you’re not naturally good at something doesn’t mean you can’t learn. I wasn’t naturally a good designer either, and look how far I’ve come!



For those of you who are thinking
“I don’t have the time to learn a new program right now”

I get it guys. As a business owner, I have very little time to do “self-improvement” things like taking a course. But, I’ve kept this in the forefront of my mind while creating the course in order to cut down on time. Because of this you only need to set aside a few hours a week to complete the course. This course gets straight to the point and only gives you what you need to know to save you time and avoid headaches from any information overload. So if you can find a few hours over the weekend to spend learning graphic design, you’ll save yourself tons of time (and money) designing in the future!

Plus, you get lifetime access to the course, so you can go at your own pace. Even just an hour a week will do!



For those of you thinking
“this is too expensive for me”

I completely understand where you’re coming from, which is exactly why I’m offering payment plans to make it more affordable! I’ve so been in your shoes and know how conflicting decisions like this can be. In fact, the first course I ever took I paid for by cashing in savings bonds I had from when I was a kid. Since then, every course I’ve invested in I’ve chosen the payment plan option and it’s been so helpful to my business. I honestly don’t even notice making the monthly payments – so I wanted to make sure you had the same option!

Plus, I want to point out that this course is SO much more affordable than hiring a designer. To put things into perspective, I typically charge $300 for 2-3 social media graphics. This course, however, will give you the ability to an unlimited supply of professionally designed social media graphics (along with any other graphic you need), so really you’re SAVING money with this course, rather than spending it. 😉



 

Here are ALL THE THINGS you'll get out of this course


Once you’ve finished Be Your Own Designer you’ll have the confidence and the skill set to design your own graphics without having to piece together random online tutorials or hiring the work out to someone else.

Here are a few of the main takeaways you’ll leave with after this course:

  • An understanding of the basic design principles that only professional designers know.

  • Learn the rules and science behind graphic design that will make you stand out from your competition and amateur designers.

  • The ability to use all of the basic Illustrator tools proficiently in order to execute your own custom designs.

  • Walk away with finished designed graphics like business cards, custom icons, and social media templates.

  • Know how to properly set up and save a design file for both print and web graphics (this is actually SO important!).

  • Worksheets, guides and cheat sheets that you can save and reference any time as you continue to work towards becoming a graphic design wizard.

  • A Facebook community of other Be Your Own Designer students that you can share your designs with for feedback and opinions.



"Mariah taught me the in's and out's of multiple Adobe programs – namely Illustrator – and I wouldn’t be where I am without her."

- Madi Gies, MadisonGiesDesign.com

 

Who teaches this course, anyways?!


Mariah Althoff – Course Teacher


For those of you who don’t know me, I’m Mariah and Illustrator is my JAM. I’ve used it probably every day for the last seven years – in fact, I probably spend more time with it than my boyfriend. I’m a graphic designer and branding extraordinaire and although I work with some huge companies (by huge I mean Walmart), my real passion is working with small business owners, entrepreneurs, and bloggers. As a small business owner myself, I totally understand the need for being low budget and DIYing everything possible, especially when you're first starting out. I also totally understand wanting to learn new skills for yourself.


Although I went to school for graphic design, I also was thrown into a leadership role at a design firm almost immediately after college and had to learn a TON of things on my own. (Seriously, a degree is not nearly as practical as one would think it is. Go figure).

But it was from that experience that Be Your Own Designer became an idea. I realized I wanted to teach others what you actually needed to know in order to become a graphic designer. No need for the overwhelm or trying to piece together internet tutorials like I did. Instead, I want to go straight to the tools, skills, and functions you actually need to know in order to be successful and cut the rest of the BS out of the curriculum.

Essentially I’m taking my overpriced $80k degree in graphic design and giving you the cliff notes version of what you actually need to know to design like a pro.

Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts on October first when the first module is released. Module 2 will be released that following Sunday, October 8th, Module 3 on October 15th, Module 4 on the 22nd, and the bonus modules on the 29th. Once each module is released, you'll have lifetime access to it!
How long do I have access to the course?
After all four modules have been released you’ll have lifetime access to the course (including future updates!). That means you can take a long as you need to complete the course and you can come back to it as many times as you need to while you continue to perfect your design skills.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact me in the first 30 days (by October 30th) and we will give you a full refund.
Do I need to already own Adobe Illustrator in order to take the course?
Nope! You don’t need to own it already but you will need to get a subscription to the software before you start the course. You can get a free month trial of Adobe Illustrator, though, so you won’t even need to start paying for it until after the course is over!
What if I have no drawing abilities? Can I still be a graphic designer?
Yes! You actually don’t need to have any drawing talent because I’m going to teach you how to trace other images and how to combine existing shapes to create more complex graphics. No actual drawing skill required. 😃
How long will it take me to complete this course and the projects that go along with it?
That is completely up to you! Because you’ll have lifetime access to the course, you can go as quickly or as slowly as you want. It is, however, set up for you to complete in four weeks with around 2-4 hours of course material and design projects each week.

This course is not open for enrollment.