Design by numbers is an online school for developers and UX designers who want to get better at web design. It teaches you design from a professionals point of view, with an emphasis on learning by doing. Most importantly it focuses on the fundamentals, one step at a time.

The program isn’t for everyone, and it’s difficult to say if it will be a good fit for you. But the following may help:

Who our program is NOT built for

Before we get into our teaching philosophy or who can benefit from our program, let’s talk about who our program is NOT for. Our program won’t be a good fit if you:

You don’t have time to practice

This is the most important factor that will determine if you get good at design. Most students set aside an hour a day to practice or several hours on the weekend. Can you do that? Practice is essential because it will connect the concepts you’re learning to your muscle memory.

You are new to Photoshop

The majority of your work will be done in Photoshop. If you haven’t spent any time with the program we recommend you take some classes on Skillshare or Treehouse and practice for a few months. In this course you’ll be learning visual design. If you aren’t familiar with Photoshop you’ll be in a situation where you’re trying to learn software while learning design. And that’s tough to do. (If you’re a big Sketch fan we can work with you, but Photoshop is preferred).

You want to get good in 6 weeks

As with most worthwhile things in life, getting good at design takes time. If you’re looking for a quick fix to get good at design you may be better served elsewhere. While you should see improvements in your design skills quickly, we recommend you give yourself at least a few months of practice.

Our program IS for people who:

  • Work on the web, like developers and UX designers
  • Don’t have time to go back to school
  • Are willing to put in at least 4-6 months of work to improve their design skills
  • Have tried to hack together their own design education
  • Want to learn design fundamentals – not just surface level trends
  • Don’t know where to start
  • Are self starters but just need a little guidance

Our Philosophy

Beginners often think that design and style are the same thing. It’s an easy mistake to make because style is so easy to see and describe. On the web, there’s an overemphasis on style, often at the expense of other design principles.

We think a better approach is to focus on the basics. For that we use something called the Design by Numbers framework. It a nutshell, the framework says that if you learn 10 things ( Research, Concept, Brand, Style, Composition, Alignment, Typography, Hierarchy, Color, and Proximity,) then you can get pretty good at web design.

All of this is designed to help you escape that feeling of staring at a blank screen, not knowing where to begin. With the framework to follow, you’ll always know where you are and what you can work on next.

If you’re ready to get started, reserve your seat for the next available session here. If you’re on the fence about it, we recommend you take our free Mastering Web Design course to get a sense of our teaching style.