An archive of blog posts from 2016

Dec 27

7 of the most important web design trends of 2017

Chat bots, micro-interactions, big, bold font and content-focused designs will be some of the most important web design trends of 2017.

So many exciting things design-wise happened in 2016. Video content and mobile-optimised websites came to the fore. Sites getting stretched out into long pages which encouraged lots of scrolling,...

Dec 27

3 surefire ways to help you keep your NY resolution


New Year’s resolutions have gotten a bad rap.

“Why wait for an arbitrary date to make changes to yourself?” your more cynical friends say. 

Then there’s those people who will make very enthusiastic, very idealistic resolutions… only to give them up a few days later.

Ok, so New Year’s...

Dec 19

How achieving 'flow' can maximize your productivity

Have you ever been working and felt as though the rest of the world had melted away? That instead of it feeling tedious and boring, work felt absorbing and invigorating?

Chances are you experienced a ‘flow state’, otherwise known as ‘being in the zone.’ This means you were fully engrossed...

Dec 15

10 CSS Tips that everyone should know

CSS (aka cascading stylesheets) is what controls the visual aspects of the web.

While parts of CSS can be tricky (we’re looking at you positioning!), the basics are pretty easy to understand. The basic css structure looks like this:

selector { property: value; }

Where we select the elements that...

Nov 27

5 tips to land your first paid web development job

One of the most common questions we get asked from students about web development is, “how do I make money off of it?” There’s always a perceived divide between pursuing an interest and earning money from it. Luckily there’s no shortage of people needing help with web development.

So...

Nov 18

The ultimate digital nomad's toolbox

The concept of always having to be shackled to one geographic location for work is slowly being torn down and replaced by the notion you could work from anywhere in the world. 

With advent of social media, team collaboration tools, and high-speed internet, working remotely has never been easier -so...

Oct 25

The 5 most common misconceptions about learning to code

A couple of ago if you asked most people if they should learn to code, the answer would be absolutely and unequivocally “no”.

This opinion has shifted somewhat since then. And many business owners, entrepreneurs, graphic designers and bloggers are starting to see the value of learning a digital...

Aug 24

How learning to code can benefit your business

When I first launched my business, the Media Institute, I pretty much had the web skills of a monkey. In fact a monkey probably had better web skills than me; my skills didn’t exist whatsoever. As a former journalist I’ve always been good with words, that’s my thing. Tech skills,...

Jul 22

Want a career in graphic design? Find out why graphic designers with coding skills are in high demand.

With so many graphic designers now working on digital products, it’s important to understand that digital media has become the canvas upon which you design.

Graphic designers who can code are a hot commodity, constantly being headhunted by agencies and recruiters alike. Colloquially, designers who can code are often referred...

Jul 09

Why I decided to learn to code in Bali with Institute of Code

Flashback to a year ago and you probably couldn’t pay me to learn to code. The task seemed overwhelming, impossible to tackle and frankly boring – especially when I envisioned my options: trying to go it alone with online courses or Youtube tutorials or signing up for a physical course...

Jul 08

Haley Unscripted - The Institute of Code

“Lifelong learning is extremely important to me. Attending The Institute of Code is a brilliant way of up-skilling while also being on holiday and enjoying every second.”

Haley is one of our past students who trekked all the way from United States to Bali to join us on our