React Course for Designers Update: The Course Page

over 6 years ago from , Founder at jimu Labs

Hey Designers,

Several weeks ago, I asked DN about a React course tailored for you and interviewed 10+ designers who have generously contributed their time. The responses blew me away.

As a quick update, I have put together a course page here: http://learnreact.design. Hopefully it captures the essence of the conversations and sets out to be a solid starting point.

This course page is important because it's a seed. It highlights the common interest of the 10+ designers and hopefully yours as well. It consists of the goals and guiding principles that I'll review all the time in the process of the course creation.

I want to build a resource that brings meaningful changes to your daily work, not something that I think would be useful. With these goals in front of your eyes, I put myself in check. I'll ask myself before creating anything: is this really relevant to design? You are encouraged to question me too!

It's super important to keep the conversation going between you and me. That's why I want to make the process of creating the course as transparent as possible. I'll try to post updates every week or two no matter if things go smoothly or not.

You are witnessing the birth of a brand new course. You can be part of it as well! So, please join my journey! Upvote this post, subscribe to the updates, and tell your friends!

I really appreciate your interest!

BTW: In the spirit of transparency, I must share that I'll use the number of subscribers to gauge the potential of the idea. I'd really like to work on this full-time, but I need to be sure that my time is well spent -- I want to create enough value that you are willing to pay for.

Cheers, Linton


  • Andrew C, over 6 years ago

    "Understand the constraints of React, design accordingly"

    This statement in itself is why design and developers are fundamentally different roles.

    2 points
    • Yannik Schweinzer, over 6 years ago

      I disagree. We're usually designing for a goal or a certain outcome. If the goal is to put together a product with React and making use of it's benefits, it makes sense to keep the strengths & constraints of the system you're building with in mind and design accordingly.

      1 point
      • Andrew C, over 6 years ago

        I see your point — but the role of user experience is to advocate for the user and decide what the best way to do something is (through user testing we can hopefully prove ourselves wrong quickly). The understanding phase of a project is, at its core, about a divergence in thought. Telling design not to do something because it doesn't adhere to React methodologies is already compromising that.

        If the right solution (in theory) doesn't adhere to React method standards then, by logic, you've just missed the best possible outcome for the end user and degraded your user experience.

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        • Yannik Schweinzer, over 6 years ago

          Totally agree – if we're solely designing for the user I don't think we should limit ourselves to a certain set of technologies. But sometimes we also got to keep business, existing infrastructure etc... in mind.

          Just noticed, "contraints" might be also not quite the right wording in this case. While React gives you a way for doing things, possibilities for building solutions are close to endless.

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  • John PJohn P, over 6 years ago

    Daily reminder to demand more money from your employer if you learn to code.

    1 point
  • Toby Silverman, over 6 years ago

    This is exact course I've been looking for!

    1 point
  • Shekhar Gurav, over 6 years ago

    Count me in.

    0 points
  • Daniel S, over 6 years ago

    Yes ! Please make this! a few topics off hand: how to best hook CSS classes and design tokens/mappings (colors, margins, padding), create components that can derive from each other, ability to change state with hard coded data for prototyping (also reading in json files, or tsv/csv for data tables), and animation

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  • leanne mclaughlinleanne mclaughlin, over 6 years ago

    I hope this comes to fruition I've been wanting to learn react and teaching it from a designer angle comforts me more so than just picking up a udemy course or skillshare course. Massive plus the module on Airbnb’s React Sketch.app

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  • Louielyn Mata, over 6 years ago

    Subscribed! I look forward to your updates.

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