The world of design has changed from what it was even a decade ago. Graphic designers looking to take on clients are finding web skills at the fore-front of expectations. It’s no longer sufficient to build a logo or brand identity, clients also expect you to understand SEO and frontend web development. For small businesses and content-heavy organizations, WordPress is a popular platform of choice. Because it is database-driven it works for everything from ecommerce websites to personal blogs. Something like 23% of the web is built on WordPress and as a designer, your clients need you to know it.
You’re not a computer scientist, so what do you do? Enter Simple Labs.
Nate Cooper has been building sites on the WordPress platform for over a decade. Through his company, Simple Labs, he works with small and medium-sized businesses to advise, construct, and build WordPress sites. As a teacher Nate has taught web basics at the School of Visual Arts and Fashion Institute of Technology in New York (both accredited Universities) as well as at General Assembly campuses in New York, San Francisco, Austin, and Los Angeles. He regularly teaches WordPress basics bootcamps and longer-format Frontend Web development classes to beginners.
As an author, Nate has written a comic book Build Your Own Website: A Comic Guide to HTML, CSS and WordPress (No Starch 2014). The comic follows the adventures of Kim and her dog Tofu as they learn the basics of Web Development and find themselves in WordPress city, a fantasy land that works as both metaphor and training tool. Nate has presented on his book at Amazon in SF and NYC, Google Madrid and at the SXSW Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas.
Not sure where to start or if the Simple Labs: WordPress Code School is for you? Check out or blog for free lessons on WordPress basics. You can also sign up for our mailing list to learn about in-person meetups and classes as well as online. There’s no better time to start than right now.
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