I <3 Codecademy.
My job is… expansive. Just to design a mockup of a page, or even just a slight redesign, it requires that I:
- Research best design practices
- Research user requirements
- Write/edit copy
- Design multiple iterations
- Mockup for Desktop, iPad, iPhone 5, and iPhone 6
- Mockup with iPad, iPhone 5, and iPhone 6 templates so we can see how it will actually look.
- Spec out the design for pixel perfect development
- Prep web images
And that’s just for the web pages. So when my project manager suggested that I should learn code so that I could better communicate with the dev team, I was feeling somewhat… exasperated.
But then I found Codecademy. I have to hand it to them, they have brilliant UX. I used to code back in the day, so I know how much I have to refresh/learn, but they break it down into tiny little bite-sized pieces so I feel like I’m making consistent progress, even if I just spend 5 minutes a day on it. And they have these nice little encouraging messages when you accomplish anything to keep the warm fuzzies coming.
I was concerned at first because the interface felt a little confusing, but they have those helpful little boxes that pop up to explain everything and make it impossible to get lost.
Seriously, check it out. I’m gonna go become a code master now. Peace out.