First, a quick introduction. I've been working on electronic monitoring of my honey bee hives from my house north of the Twin Cities, but a couple young children make it difficult for me to constructively travel to the Hack Factory (although I did manage to visit once). I've been picking up circuit board design to support a hive scale, but also to help improve the bee counter first described by Hydronics here: http://www.instructables.com/id/Honey-Bee-Counter/
I also have a blog at http://hackerbee.com
if you happen to be interested in the intersection of bees and electronics.
Anyway, I've been regularly listening to The Amp Hour podcast ( http://www.theamphour.com/
) and Chris Gammell, one of the hosts, is working on an online course in circuit board design. He's focusing on the Open Source KiCad program, and he'll focus on analog electronics as it's his specialty. Chris is taking an informational email sign-up herehttp://contextualelectronics.com/welcome-page
I strongly suggest that anybody interested in circuit design follow along! While it looks like the the course will not be free (although I expect it to be reasonable as it's aimed toward hobbyists) I expect many of his videos (possibly including a KiCad tutorial series) will be published freely on YouTube, so it might be worth following even if you don't join the actual course.
I'm really excited to get some direction from a professional hardware designer in a format that emphasizes learning what you need as you need it and building up some circuits along the way. It will also be nice to have a reason to get some hand-holding toward jumping to the open-source KiCad.
I don't know how much circuit design is actually practiced at the Hack Factory, but while this isn't geared toward absolute beginners, this looks incredible to me -- someone who's messing with rough electronics toward specific goals!
[EDIT]Wow, I didn't realize that this was actually my first post! I've been lurking for a bit, and I didn't realize that I'd never actually posted anything. I guess I feel uncomfortable that this looks so spammy -- sorry! (at least it's not a new account, right?).[/EDIT]