Where to Learn New Skills Online: The Futur's Finds

New, creative skills are just a couple clicks away.

This week, we thought we might spice things up and show you where to learn some new skills. If spending all this time at home is pushing you to find new hobbies, or pick up some new tricks, this week's list has you covered. If you missed our last email, click here to fish through our finds from last Friday.

Check out this week's finds:

Sharpen is a random design prompt generator meant to help you improve your design skills.

This week’s assignment

Keep working and flexing those design skills. This week, check out Sharpen for randomly generated design prompts that will help you improve your craft. Design challenges include different categories like UX, branding, and product design.

Book of the week

Embrace Your Weird by Felicia Day - Learn to express yourself fully, and authentically, and rediscover the things that bring out your creativity. This New York Times bestseller will show you how to tap into your quirks and weird side to unlock the power of self-expression.

Stream free photography classes from Nikon School Online.

Take an online class

  • Nikon School Online is offering free photography courses. Learn the fundamentals of photography, tips for shooting video content, macro photography, and much more.
  • The world-renowned Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) is offering a variety of free art classes through Coursera. Learn contemporary art, abstract painting, and more.
  • Sharpen your cooking skills with video courses from The Kitchn. The Kitchn Cooking School is a curated series of 20 free videos walking you through the basics to become top-chef material.

Productivity tips

  • Noisli lets you mix and create your perfect sound environment to work and relax. Stay focused without getting overwhelmed.
  • Feeling bogged down by stress? Check out this article to learn how to manage and reframe your stress and turn it into energy-boosting fuel.

What to watch

  • Every video on Mike Boyd's YouTube channel is dedicated to teaching you a new skill. But if you want to learn some new, useful tricks that you might not have thought to learn, watch this video on the 5 skills you should learn during lockdown.
  • Learn to solder to mend and splice wires, make jewelry, or build circuits. Even if you don't give soldering a try for yourself, this video is still insanely cool to watch.

Turn your kitchen spices into herbs with gardening lessons from Garden Up.

DIY projects and more

  • Grab some spices from your kitchen, and grow your own herbs! This YouTube series with Dr. Ekta Chaudhary is for novice and experienced gardeners alike.
  • Why keep standing on your feet when you can stand on your hands? In this YouTube video from Geek Climber, he'll show you how you, too, can master the handstand in 156 days with a bit of training, persistence, and a few fumbles.
  • If you've ever wanted to learn to paint, this article will walk you through some simple tips to get started. No need to be a natural-born artist - anyone can paint!


Listen while you work

  • Check out The Futur's Finds playlist on Spotify! This week, our editor and cinematographer, Jona, hand-picked and organized this week's selection of music. Pro tip: this playlist goes best with a 5 second crossfade between the songs.
  • Stuff You Should Know is the podcast that will teach you about pretty much anything and everything. Hosts Josh and Chuck discuss everyday things you don't think twice about, historical events you've never heard of, and why chopsticks might be better than forks.

Food to try this week

Challenge yourself to make or bake something new this week!

  • This simple sourdough starter recipe will show you how to make delicious, freshly baked bread at home.
  • Kimchi, a Korean staple, is the perfect addition to fried rice, noodles, or dumpling dishes. Check out this recipe to make your own from scratch! Heads up: kimchi is a spicy, pungent fermented cabbage, so if you're not a fan of spicy foods, you might not dig this recipe.

And finally, a quote to keep in mind throughout the week

"Be brave enough to suck at something new."