Math for Creatives
Break down concepts such as trigonometry, algebra, randomness and noise in a visual way to add layers of interactivity into your projects.
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Math… for creatives? Isn't that like mixing cheese and chocolate? Maybe in the past but as part of a modern creative's workflow, mathematics can be an invaluable tool to add layers of interactivity into your work.
This isn't your traditional math class. This is targeted towards people who think visually and want to understand how to mould math to their advantage.
If you work in design, motion or animation you will learn how to break down concepts such as trigonometry, algebra, randomness and noise in a visual, easy-to-understand way that you can add to your own projects.
What you’ll learn
What tools are available to creatives and how we would pick the right tool for the right job
Using trigonometry to draw shapes and waves, calculate distances and point at things
The math behind color and how we can use randomess to create constantly changing sites
What is organic noise and how can we use it to create natural randomness
How to think about easings, timings and speeds
How to use physics within math to create gravity and accelerations
Real world projects – Projects and code that you can alter and remix to add to your own sites and portfolio
Access the community – Join our Slack and connect with thousands of SuperHi students and alumni
Continued help – Help from our expert teachers and educators with years of experience in the industry
Resources – Resources to get you started and going post-course
7 hours of video lessons – Practical, go-at-your-own pace learning
Anyone who wants to learn how to get comfortable with math in a visual-thinking way.
This is a beginner course with no requirements apart from being comfortable using a computer. If you use programs like Microsoft Word or Photoshop without trouble, you're good to go.
A computer (Windows, Mac or Linux) with the latest version of Chrome installed and a broadband internet connection. That’s it!
In our very first project, we talk about how to draw on web pages using P5.js and how to use vectors to control movement of a ball with boundaries.
In this project, we'll extend our drawing tools to make our own custom brushes that use trigonometry to move 'petals' around our brush.
We'll extend our sine wave knowledge to build up additive sines waves to create a generative blob with natural movement.
When is random too random? In this project, we talk about an alternative to randomness, Perlin noise, a way to make an interconnected but randomly generated pattern.
We jump back to physics in a project all about simulating real world gravity, acceleration and friction to make a site where our words literally jump out of the page.
In our final project, we'll use vectors to work out rotations and distance thresholds to make a snake-style page that draws text and lines on mouse movement.
Our instructors have decades of professional experience, have spoken at international conferences and have won countless web design awards.
Rik (he/him) is a Mancunian coder, teacher and CEO of SuperHi. He was the co-founder of Steer (a code school in London) and has taught several thousand people to code. He is a bit too old to be posting memes on our social media and recently featured as a Sour Patch Kid in the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade.
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If you're comfortable working with a computer, then yes!
Learning new and improving your existing skills is about being patient with yourself, building up your knowledge, developing confidence through practice, and with time. We've seen our students around the world do it, and so can you.
Our beginner courses are designed for people new to the subjects. They grow your understanding so you grasp everything you need to start applying your new skills and will also give you a path to dig deeper if you want.
Our teaching style is practical and straightforward and you'll have support from our expert instructors and community for as long as you need.
We have quite a lot of students that join us and have done some coding before but want to build up confidence and techniques.
In order to help get you where you'd like to be, have a look at the sites below to see which course you can make from scratch, without any help at all.
All of our courses are unlocked and available for students to start their learning and go at their own pace. We do have a suggested weekly structure for some courses, which helps some students stay on track. However, you're definitely free to jump ahead or take as long as you need!
As soon as you checkout and pay, you'll have all the courses you paid for, in your student dashboard available to you immediately. If you're busy and can't start right away - no worries, you can pick it back up later.
At SuperHi, we provide online courses designed for creatives and made for everyone. Take a course on Code, Design, or Project Management 😊
The proof is in the pudding! Our students go on to make their own beautiful sites and some of their stunning work have won digital design awards. Take a look at our Hall of Fame to see some of the sites our students have built, many of which had only taken our Foundation course!
If you're a SuperHi student or alumni and would like to submit your project to be included in our Hall of Fame, please feel free to submit it here.
Yes, we do! All you'd need to do is send the links to your completed projects over to email@example.com at the end of your course. We will review them, provide feedback if necessary, and then issue your certificate!
All our course videos are taught using the SuperHi Editor, but you'll be able to apply everything you'll learn to a code editor of your choice. Many students go on to use other code editors, for example, if their workplace has an existing standard.
Our SuperHi Editor is designed with many smart features to help avoid wasted time looking for things like a typo or missing bracket (which is why we made it!), but the same code concepts apply to any editor.
Yes! You can use your own custom third-party domains and connect them to your sites built with our SuperHi Editor. Additionally, all SuperHi sites come with free SSL Certificates for added protection.
Here's more information on how to connect a third-party domain