I'm amazed how often people discount YouTube for in-app tutorial content. We see one of these kinds of sites launched each month seemingly. Another subscription plan...great.
But there are already likely 9 guys on YouTube willing to show you how to do the same stuff...for free.
Do you think that all courses should be free then?
A lot of the courses on designers.how are free, I guess that they're similar to the stuff you find on YouTube, but the Pro stuff is a little harder to come by? Thats how they get you as you want all you stuff in one place I guess? Or you've become familiar with the platform?
That's all well and good, but is it dependable? We've been running this small business for a number of years now, and we have no plans to stop. No need to dismiss our efforts or belittle. We're all a part of the same community and we love what we do.
You could argue all calculus teachers teach the same subject, but all do so with a different point of view, set of experiences, and ability to convey the material.
To further the analogy, a senior/skilled student might have time to donate for mentoring and tutoring, but they're not necessarily of the skill level or ability to create a whole curriculum.
There are some nice guides out there that teach you specific stuff, but it seems short sighted to discount a holistic approach to learning that requires dedicated staff, structure, strategy, and ultimately, a revenue model. There's also plenty of room in the market for different ways of doing this, as different teachers, models, and strategies will appeal to different mindsets.
DESIGN SKILLS ARE NOT ABOUT TOOLS
design skills are not just about tools.