Design principles for developers taught in a non-pretentious, non-bullshitty way

Enroll now to get early access to the course and get a free 5-part crash course in design principles you can apply today.


Learn the design basics that you can apply in every project


Easy to implement strategies even if you aren’t ‘creative’


Make your websites & apps look like they were made by a designer

"Laura this course is absolute gold dust! I learnt so much great new stuff, there seems very little point in me pointing out the specifics because I'd just end up writing a list of everything you've covered."
Angus Knights, Speechmatics
“I know good design when I see it. I start every project thinking ‘this is going to look so slick & awesome’... and the results are just completely underwhelming

Sound familiar?

Maybe you can see the difference between good design and bad but you have no idea how to replicate it. Or maybe you think design is only meant for those elusive ‘creative types’—something you’re not.

If that sounds like you, I want you to know…

I know it feels to have these struggles with design

I know the frustration of just not being able to make something look half decent. I battled with this for many years, throughout my degree and working in an agency.

I felt like I was just missing some quality. And when I asked for help, I got nothing but vague “you just have to feel it” answers.

I almost gave up.

But I’m so glad I didn’t because it wasn’t until after that moment I realised design isn’t something you can either do or you can’t. If you know a few basic principles (and a few tricks that many designers don’t want to admit to) you can make anything look pretty darn great.

With a solid grasp of design you won’t have to worry when a client comes to you to design and implement a new feature. If you have an idea for a side project, you’ll be able to design, code and ship it without having to pay anyone to make it look good.

You can have a great looking website or app without having to rely on Bootstrap or spend days scouring Dribbble taking your focus away from the important stuff.

With Design Academy, I’m working really hard to provide a systematic approach to design that you can follow to achieve a solid, user-friendly design every time.

What you’ll learn
Essential design principles for web developers
You’ll overcome some of the most common (and easily rectifiable) mistakes that web developers make.
Learn some colour theory... without the theory
Learn a super simple workflow that you can use on any project to get a perfect colour palette every time.
Choosing fonts and using them like a pro
Find out how to select good fonts from the masses and how to apply them to make your web typography awesome
Eliminate the blank canvas: coming up with ideas
Design doesn’t have to be hard or time consuming. Learn ways to come up with unique solutions on the fly.
Graphics & image treatments for those who can’t draw
Just because you can’t draw a straight line it doesn’t mean you have to eliminate imagery from your website.
A complete developer-friendly workflow for your projects
I’ve compiled the design process into something you can follow to get you from a blank screen to a great design.

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