React Native course for designers, anyone?

5 months ago from , Founder at jimu Labs

Hey Designers,

Are you interested in a React Native course tailored for you?

My name is Linton and I’m a developer. I know that “should designers code” is a heavily debated question here. IMHO designer should know some coding (but don’t necessarily “have to” code), and developers should learn some design.

As a developer who’s benefited from learning design, I’m considering to create a course to help designers. I’d really appreciate your feedback which will be invaluable to help me create something truly useful for the design community.

Here's a tentative writeup about the course:

I always believe that learning to code will help a designer become better at design. Armed with a better understanding of how things work, you will find the communication with developers much more efficient. Your design ideas would be more convincing and more respected. With no doubt, new skills you learn will open new doors.

React Native is a good starting point -- it's popular (hot), easier to learn and you can build great, real user interfaces with it. I'll try to integrate the learning of basic programming concepts (loops, functions etc.) into realistic examples that you'll build with your own hands. The course would include layouts, animations, and popular components -- everything necessary to create a modern UI.

Upon finishing the course, you should come away with hands-on experience in how to convert your comps and motion mockups into working code that runs on your iOS or Android devices. Perhaps you can even directly create unique experiences with code that are otherwise difficult to achieve. I hope you could integrate coding into your design workflow which pumps out a lot more creative good!

BTW: If you haven't heard of React Native, it's like HTML+CSS+JS but for building iOS and Android apps with native look and feel.

Let me know what you think in the comments!

It’d be super awesome if you are willing to jump on a quick call with me where I could ask your background and opinions. You can schedule the call here. I can also show you a little demo if you have your phone handy.

Really appreciate it!

Update 05/07/2017: A course page is ready:

Update: I've written a report of the 10+ interviews I've done so far: