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Thinking like a developer for designers


(3 ratings)


2 Weeks


Cohort-based Course

Level up your technical literacy to become a better communicator, collaborator, and designer without learning to code.

Hosted by

Nick Basile

Product designer & developer | 10+ years crafting digital products

Course overview

Skip learning to code, enjoy the benefits of technical literacy instead.

Learning to code takes months/years of sustained effort, bootcamps & courses that accelerate this process cost $$$, and the time we spend here is time not spent improving our core design skills.

Now, it's clear why we still do it – understanding technology helps us communicate & collaborate with developers, which is essential because our designs are always at least one degree removed from end users.

Think about it – no matter how user-friendly or documented or beautiful our designs are, they're ultimately implemented by a developer before they reach a user. So, our ability to improve a user experience is directly throttled by our communications & interactions with developers.

Clearly, there's tremendous ROI from getting better at technology, but we don't have to waste our efforts learning skills and syntax we'll never use. Instead, we can get the majority of the benefits by just understanding the technology behind the products we design, i.e. developing our technical literacy.

If you're ready to level up your technical literacy, we'd love to see you in class 👋

This course is for you if...


You want developers to implement your designs as you intended.


You want to understand and participate in technical discussions.


You want to improve your digital design skills and create practical solutions.

What will we be doing?

Developing our technical vocabularies

Deep diving technical concepts

Building useful mental models for how tech works
Exploring tools & techniques for better collaboration


(3 ratings)

What people are saying

        This course is very concise and straight to the point. There is no fluff, only the most important information. Nick's teaching style is great, and he was very open to our questions. 
Maja R.

Maja R.

Cohort 1
        Great presentation, storytelling, and breaking down of the content. Gradually build up to more complicated concepts, then connect everything in the end. It helped big time with “connecting the dots” for me.
Alice G.

Alice G.

Cohort 2
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The power of technical literacy for designers

Looking for a taste of what we'll cover in the course? Well, look no further – you've found it.

In this jam-packed video, Nick & Ridd take a sneak peek at what we'll cover in “Thinking like a developer for designers” including...

  • what technical literacy is,
  • why it's so important for designers,
  • a real-world example of how to think about data needs,
  • and more!

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Course schedule

2-4 hours per week
  • Orientation

    Monday, 12-1p Central

    Meet Nick, get the lay of the land, make some new friends – it's going to be a blast.

  • Self-paced Lessons

    1-2 hours per week

    Learn at your preferred pace with our video lessons.

  • Stretch Exercises

    Whenever you'd like

    Life's busy enough, so we're not going to give you a mountain of homework. Instead, practice on your own terms with our stretch exercises.

  • Tech Support Q&As

    Fridays, 12-1p Central

    Get answers to your burning questions, feedback on work in progress, and maybe even some help with that spotty internet.

Who's teaching this course?

Nick Basile

Nick Basile

Product designer & developer

After a decade of crafting digital products as a product designer & developer, I now run a digital agency, called Markham Square, where I bridge the gap between these disciplines.

But, it took a long time for me to get here. I started as a designer who struggled to understand the technical side of things. To level up my understanding, I spent years and thousands of dollars learning to code.

Along the way, I realized that designers don't need to spend all of this effort to learn to code. Instead, we just need a solid foundation in technical literacy.

I've packaged up all of my learnings into this course so you can avoid these costs and get right to the good stuff.

See you in class!


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