Digital Design

Most of our students take these two part-time courses back-to-back to maximize their learning.

Intro to Design
Sep 19 – Oct 26

36 hours of learning over six weeks
Part-time, evenings from 6:30–9:30pm
Tues & Thurs

Join us for HackerYou’s Introduction to Design course. This course will focus on the principles of successful visual design, how to use design thinking, and help students develop practical skills through a series of hands-on, collaborative exercises. Learn more about typography, visual identities, and logo design while developing skills with Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.

This course has been engineered for beginners who want to develop visual sensitivities and convert their interest in design to practical skills. Whether you’re interested in career advancement, starting a new business, or complementing an existing ability in web development with visual design – this course is a perfect fit.

Please note that this program is offered in English
Course capacity: 30 students

$2300

plus HST

Earlybird Price

Apply before April 3

$2500

plus HST

Regular Price

apply now
Advanced Digital Design
Oct 31 – Dec 7

36 hours of learning over six weeks
Part-time, evenings from 6:30–9:30pm
Tues & Thurs

The world has gone digital - graphic design skills alone just won't cut it anymore. This course is all about taking the design fundamentals learned in the introductory course and applying them to the world of websites and apps. Through a series of exercises and projects, students will explore all aspects of digital design, from wireframing to web and application design to accessibility, user testing, and more.

In addition to dozens of hands-on in-class exercises, this course will feature two capstone projects designed to serve as portfolio pieces. Both are centred around native application design – students will create two iOS or Android application designs with our team of talented professionals guiding the process each step of the way.

Please note that this program is offered in English
Course capacity: 30 students

$1400

plus HST

Earlybird Price

Apply before April 3

$1600

plus HST

Regular Price

apply now
+$500

Supercharge your learning: Graduates of Intro to Design are eligible to take Advanced Digital Design for only $500.

Questions?
Email us anytime

Meet your Digital Design Instructor

Linda Nakanishi

Lead Instructor, Design

@lnakanishi

Linda Nakanishi is a design director, product designer, and illustrator who has had a lifetime of working in many disciplines of art and design. She is currently the design director for Nascent Digital. She considers herself a problem solver, whether it’s a user experience challenge, visual design consideration, or how to help others grow, she pulls on her creative and technology background to find a path in any situation.

All courses hosted at
HackerYou in Toronto
483 Queen Street West
Come say hello!

Have a question?
Email us info@hackeryou.com or tweet @hackeryou.

Student Stories
  • about
    gab

    Graphic Designer turned Freelance Designer and Developer at Gab White Art & Design

    I moved across the country a week earlier and immediately felt at home. HackerYou is like summer camp for people who are ready to start doing meaningful work and change the world. I made lifelong friends, learned an entirely new skill set and changed my life.

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    asaf

    Comedian turned Freelance Web Developer

    Honestly, there are plenty of ways you could learn to be a professional web developer. HackerYou teaches that really well, but they also work to build towards all the best parts of what the tech industry can be; exciting, diverse, and incredibly social and friendly.

  • about
    emily

    Former librarian, now realizing her dream at Rangle.io

    Facing a dead-end career, I decided to attend HackerYou. Now I have a rewarding job and a great career path. I've met friends I'll have forever, and had an experience I'll never forget. I finally know where my life is headed. And I'm psyched.

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  • about
    nancy

    Musician turned developer, now employed at Dynamo in Montreal

    HackerYou gets you ready for the industry. You leave not only equipped with fundamental skills and industry best practices but also the right attitude that coding is creative and fun. The diverse and inspiring community of people drives you to always challenge yourself.

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    wisam

    Backend developer turned full-stack developer, now working with cutting-edge tech at rangle.io

    Curious about front-end web development, I joined HackerYou. Nine weeks later, I left with many incredible memories both inside and outside the Lab, with and without a computer. Now I have vision and clarity, and I love what I do!

  • about
    frank

    Innkeeper turned web developer, now full-stack engineer at CircleCI

    I really love the alumni presence at HackerYou. As someone new to the tech industry, the mentorship and insight from alumni who have been in my shoes has been invaluable. I look forward to mentoring the next cohort and perpetuating this cycle of success!

  • about
    emilia

    Designer turned developer, now working at Facebook in Menlo Park

    The group that HackerYou brings together are intentionally diverse in their backgrounds: librarians, receptionists, journalists, freelancers, and of course, designers. But we all have one very important thing in common: we want to create beautiful, interactive web experiences.

  • about
    hamsa

    Graphic designer turned developer freelancing in Pune, India

    I got the feeling that there was something more than code I was going to learn at HackerYou. I had found a community passionate about learning and helping one another. I felt at home.

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  • about
    kevin

    Musician turned developer now working in the startup world at AdParlor

    At HackerYou, there’s a sense of community; everyone has a passion for what they’re doing, the teaching is infectious. I have a different outlook on work and life in general now. I feel a lot more positive.

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  • about
    jordan & trudy

    Economist and mainframe developer turned co-founders of Up at Five, a Toronto-based digital agency

    Everybody could be a programmer. People come to it from different backgrounds and bring different knowledge to it. Our success comes from our problem-solving nature, and willingness to be wrong. We didn’t plan to start an agency; we just followed our instincts.

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  • about
    Curtis

    From cups of java to JavaScript.

    After working in bars for 10 years, I decided to learn to code. HackerYou's part-time web development class inspired me to learn things I never thought I could do before. Now, I’m making JavaScript applications!

  • about
    Simone

    From Ladies Learning Code to life-long learner.

    Taking the part-time web development courses literally changed my life! It inspired me to take on client work in my spare time, and I've since grown those skills into a successful full-time business called Holder Web Design. My future looks so bright!

  • about
    Stephanie

    Architect turned globetrotter.

    I enrolled in a HackerYou course while working as an architect. I felt incredibly inspired and supported by the environment, and consider it one of the best learning experiences of my life. I recently moved to Rwanda to work remotely on the web!