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Math for Creatives

$149
Intermediate
Short

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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Overview

What you'll learn

Course syllabus

Instructors

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.

Who is this course for?

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

While this course covers Javascript, you don't need any prior knowledge of Javascript at all to start.

What do I need?

A computer (Windows, Mac or Linux) with the latest version of Chrome installed and a broadband internet connection. That’s it!

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

Course syllabus

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

8+ hours of video lessons

Practical, go-at-your-own pace learning

Wall Ball

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.

Flower brush

In this project, we'll extend our drawing tools to make our own custom brushes that use trigonometry to move 'petals' around our brush.

Blobbo

We'll extend our sine wave knowledge to build up additive sines waves to create a generative blob with natural movement.

Nice colors

With any kind of randomness we add to a project, we want to make sure that we're making beautiful things. In this project we talk about randomness with boundaries using pure Javascript.

Pink noise

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.

Flying letters

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.

Snake

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.

Your instructors

Our instructors have decades of professional experience, have spoken at international conferences and have won countless web design awards.

Jake Brussel Faria

Jake is a New York-based freelance designer and coder who was previously a coder at multi-disciplinary agency Virtually Real and a content creator as part of the lovely SuperHi team.

Rik Lomas

Rik 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.

The SuperHi Editor

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Course FAQs

Yes, we do! All you'd need to do is send the links to your completed projects over to hi@superhi.com at the end of your course. We will review them, provide feedback if necessary, and then issue your certificate!

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.

Still not sure if learning to code is right for you? Take our free Plan, Design + Code Your First Website course or dive into our First Steps to Code guide.

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

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.

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.

Baker & Brown – If you struggle to make this website from scratch, don't worry! We recommend you start off with our Foundation, HTML, CSS + Javascript course.

Jenna Buchholz – If you struggle to make this website from scratch, it's all good! We recommend you start off with our Javascript for Designers course.

Super Shapes – If you struggle to make this website from scratch, have no fear! We recommend you start off with our Advanced CSS + Javascript course.

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.