Advertising Education. Free. For Everyone.
You shouldn’t need to go to a fancy ad school or know someone who knows someone to get into advertising. Extra Grind is a free ad school offering classes, tips, and knowledge that makes advertising more accessible.
Find Your Passion. Fuel Your Work.
Our free classes let you explore anything from strategy to design to project management. As you find what inspires you, you’ll also be able to build a portfolio that will get you in the door.
Sharpen Your Mind
We have classes for a variety of advertising disciplines and more.
Strategists infuse everything in advertising with thoughtfulness and inventiveness. The most important skill to learn as a strategist is how to keep learning, and we’re happy to teach that.
From conceptual thinking to precise wordsmithing, writing in advertising takes a lot of practice. We can’t promise perfection, but we can promise great practice.
Whether you’re considering graphic design, art direction, or just want to know the difference, we have classes to hone your design eye and unleash your creativity.
Learn what it takes to shepherd projects from start to finish—and maybe even the fine art of interpreting clients’ vibes.
We offer classes on UX, UI, and whatever else is coming to a screen near you.
Not every class will neatly follow a particular discipline or be easy to categorize, just like most of the work in advertising. Expect career prep classes, media recaps, department combo classes, and beyond.
Creating Interdepartmental Harmony
In Creating Interdepartmental Harmony we will dive deeper into the project management role within an agency, highlighting how to best work with internal teams. This class will discuss how project managers can establish an effective and collaborative environment for creative teams, creating interdepartmental harmony. This will be a virtual class on Tuesday, January 31st from 5:30-6:30pm CST.
Decoding the Modern Brand Playbook
The world’s biggest brands have been shaped and activated through long-held, industry agreed-upon approaches. Today, the most exciting brands are throwing these rules aside and writing their own playbook. In this class, we’ll look at how classic brands like Coke, Crisco, and Colgate have done things. Then, we’ll juxtapose their approaches with examples of new dynamic brands like Away, Liquid Death, and Allbirds challenging convention to dethrone Goliaths and win our love.
Design Portfolio Dos and Don’ts
Developing your design portfolio is a lot. Deciding which projects to include, how to talk about your work, and how to show that you are totally job-worthy is no simple task. This class will help answer some of your burning questions and guide you towards building a design portfolio that you can be proud of.
Find Your Presentation Style
Giving a presentation is one of the biggest causes of anxiety in advertising, and causes many a great thinker to avoid the spotlight. The good news is almost everyone has presenting hangups—you’re not alone! And even better, you can only get better, not worse. This course helps you find your unique style, get over common challenges and become more comfortable presenting your work among the friends you’ll form in class.
Week One 10.13
Learn about unique presenting styles and identify yours.
Week Two 10.20
Share a few slides on why you identify with a presentation style.
Week Three 10.27
Practice presenting your way by creating and delivering a fun presentation.
Slots are limited to 10 students. Sign-ups after the class fills will go on a waitlist. Superhuman requires that all in-person attendees be vaccinated against COVID-19. If you are exposed to COVID-19 or have symptoms during the class, just let the teacher know and she’ll arrange for you to join remotely.
Intro to User Experience
What is User Experience? In this introductory session you’ll learn the origins of UX and why it’s become integral to modern product design. We’ll cover basic definitions, tactics, and methodologies, and take a look at a case study to see UX applied in real life. Then we’ll roll up our sleeves for a quick UX activity.
Project Management 101
Project management might seem vague, but we’re here to add clarity. We’ll run down what project management entails and what different positions you can find yourself working in, take you through our Superhuman secret sauce of project management processes, and leave plenty of time for any and all questions you may have at the end!
Project Management with Purpose
Project Management is so much more than making timelines and corralling creatives. In our upcoming Project Management with Purpose class, you’ll learn how Project Managers at Superhuman help facilitate creative work and bring projects to the finish line with intention and thoughtfulness.
Virtual Portfolio Reviews
What Writers Write
What in the world is a deliverable? Who is SEO? What is a concept?? This one-hour Extra Grind class offers a basic explanation of the kinds of work that advertising copywriters do. Attendees will leave with a better frame of reference for writing tasks and what media elements can work well in a copywriting portfolio.