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25 May, 2020

Polish These 4 Mobile App-making Skills

Pick up or improve these 4 skills to design and build better apps

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Never stop learning is always sage advice, especially when it comes to the break-neck speed of the mobile app world. Acquire a new skill or hone an existing one with these free, high-quality courses applicable to all steps of mobile app design and development.

Prototyping & Design

It doesn’t matter what your job title is — understanding the fundamentals and philosophy of designing a mobile app is important for everyone. In just three weeks, Google’s Rapid Prototyping course will allow you to spend ten minutes — instead of ten hours — finding an amazing design for your product. Feeling creatively stuck? There’s a class for that, too.

UX Writing

The emerging field of UX writing is an exciting one because it’s another way to put your personality and understanding of your users on display. Sharp copy can make a major difference in your audience's understanding, navigating, and ultimately using your product. Empathetic, user-oriented language leaves a lasting impression in a world flooded with sloppy microcopy.

Yuval Ketscher’s UX writing Hub provides a free and incredibly comprehensive course for aspirants and veterans alike.

They also offer an entire UX Writing Academy option if you’re the go big or go home type. It’s a paid course and you should expect to put in 10–12 hours a week, but the well-structured modules cover a wide range of topics in-depth so you’ll graduate ready to take on the field.

Flutter

We’ve said it once and we’ll say it again, Flutter is the future of write-once deploy-everywhere apps. With such an active community excited to help you learn, you’ll feel supported throughout the entire process.

The App Brewery offers a 10-hour Introduction to Flutter Development Using Dart course. They teach you to beautiful, fast, native-quality iOS and Android apps, even if you have zero programming experience.

Bonus: If you sign up by July 2020, it’s completely free!

If you haven’t dipped your toes into the world of app development yet, we recommend starting with BuildFire’s How to Become a Mobile App Developer (A Complete Newbie Guide).

Supernova

You knew it was coming! But really, why continue to struggle through prototyping, coding animations, and painful handoffs when you could automate nearly the entire process? We’ve opened up Supernova’s complete functionality for free in response to the Coronavirus pandemic and always have a free version available, so there’s no risk in trying it out.

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What skills are you learning or improving right now? Inspire us by sharing in the comments! 🤓

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