What is this course?
My name is Derek Wood.
I will be your instructor for Perpetual Education’s first-course: “Design for The Web.” It’s so exciting!
I started out designing graphics in photoshop 5 back in 1998 and built animated websites in a program called Macromedia flash. I worked as an intern as the dot-com bubble collapsed in 2000, and I made sites for my friends while at school for printmaking and painting.
Over the last ten years, I’ve worked as a freelancer, as a Jr. developer, as a visual designer, as a contractor, and a consultant – and I learned how to wear many hats at a small web design agency and in a start-up environment. I’ve been a Senior Product Designer, Senior Developer, and invited to audit design teams and large codebases. I’ve tutored people around the world, helped nonprofits, local businesses, and worked in fast-paced marketing cycles, and on corporate groups.
Throughout all of those very different experiences – the core design principles were the same.
Goal-drive teams with excellent communication, creative problem-solving, confidence, humility, shared foundational knowledge: built great products and experiences – made lots of money – and had fun.
Teams full of ego, fear, disconnected talent, distorted expectations, and little shared foundation: sold design that didn’t work, blamed each other, hide in their headphones, and were generally stressed out and unhappy.
Somewhere in the shuffle as the internet developed – and marketing and shareholders and buzzwords became king – “Web design” forgot what it is. It’s Design.
It might be confusing – But this course is called Design for The Web because that’s what it is. It’s a design course for people who want to build a comprehensive foundation for designing and building things specifically for The Web. It’s a holistic curriculum for people who want to be more than a ‘creative’ or a ‘coder.’ This course is for designers.
I’m a real person. Can you tell??? This course isn’t built by a 48 million dollar venture capital-funded business… The Web is history’s most powerful communication platform. The goal here isn’t to make the investors happy — it’s to produce confident designers – and hopefully / save the world.
When we started building out this platform – we didn’t foresee this pandemic. For many of you, this is the perfect time to get involved. Learn design – and get ready for the future. We’re offering special pricing for the first few rounds of beta students.
Do you want to learn all about planning projects, building prototypes, seeing how people react, iterating, and working on a modern design team?
Design for The Web is the only online school that teaches the entire web design and development process from idea to completion: in just a few focused hours per day.
Visit our home page to learn all about it: https://perpetual.education