Designcode – React Native for Designers Free Download

Designcode – React Native for Designers Free Download

React Native for Designers
Build an iOS and Android app from scratch

React Native is a popular Javascript framework that builds on top of React by using native components to create a real mobile app indistinguishable from one made using Xcode or Android Studio. The main difference with native development is that you get to use CSS, hot-reload, Javascript and other familiar techniques that the Web grown over the past decades. Most importantly, you’re building for both iOS and Android using the same codebase.

About this Course

This is a course made for designers, by a designer, focused on UI, animations and a workflow that starts with the design tool. The code and pace was made to be easy to follow. Every step is visual and can be followed with ease. You can take this course without any programming experience, but having some CSS and HTML knowledge definitely helps you to navigate the complexity of some concepts. The design file in InVision Studio (free), project assets and React Native source code are shared so that you can compare against your own progress.

Why Learn React Native?

React Native is widely considered the best way to create cross-platform apps. If you’ve taken my React course, you’ll feel right at home because the code is extremely similar. Today, most designers know HTML and CSS for Web. I firmly believe that they should pick up equivalent skills for mobile. Owning the visual aspect, the animations and the adaptiveness of your app can save a tremendous amount of time for your team, avoiding unnecessary communications or make poor design decisions. In turn, it increases collaboration between designers and developers. Ultimately your product will ship faster, at a higher quality and with better iterations.

Workflow

We’re going to use Expo to set up our development environment so that it’s easy to test our app in iOS and Android simulators, and on your physical device. For styling, we’re going to use Styled Components because of its similarity to the syntax in CSS. Icon assets are going to be vector-based in SVG. For content and CMS (content management system), we’ll use Contentful and Apollo/GraphQL, which allows you to store your images and texts independently and query them like a database. Like this, when you update your content, you don’t need to send an app update.

We’re going to use Redux for communicating between components so that one action can influence multiple components at the same time. This is especially useful for persistent states and data. Apart from that, we’re going to use as many built-in libraries in the React Native/Expo toolbox as possible, like Animated, Gestures, Icons and Navigation.

Designcode – React Native for Designers Free Download

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