A year ago Rik Lomas left Steer as co-founder to start SuperHi, an online coding platform that teaches beginners how to easily create professional websites.
But before this platform launches SuperHi is running a series of six free (yes, free!) coding lessons in central London. To tell us a little bit more about the SuperHi School we had a chat with Rik himself.
FFF: Tell us a bit about SuperHi
Rik Lomas: SuperHi is an online coding platform that teaches how to create websites. We’re not launched yet but we’re still working hard on the underlying code, making sure that everything is ready for when we go live. A lot of thought has gone into how to make it incredibly simple to learn to code and to create beautiful sites.
Why are you giving away free coding lessons?
I’d love to say it was because I’m a really generous guy but the real reason is that I want to test out SuperHi itself plus the material that we’ve made for SuperHi. We were going to beta test with our friends but we thought why not open it up to people who really want to learn instead.
What will people learn to do on the course?
We’ll be teaching HTML and CSS, the building blocks of design on the web. The material is looking great, we’ve got the amazing designers at Koto and Socket Studios working with us so we’ll be teaching how to build really beautiful websites. You don’t need any experience of coding, total beginners welcome!
There’s an on-going conversation in the design industry about the importance of coding. How do you convince the non-believers?
Coding has a bad reputation, especially in the design industry. Too many designers have worked with awful coders who don’t build things as designed. It’s important to remember that HTML and CSS are really design tools and that they’re easier to pick up than most people think. Understanding the medium you’re designing for is essential and the more you know about it, the more control you have.
SuperHi itself is an online code course but you’ve previously said on FFF that there’s inherent problems with learning online. How will SuperHi solve those problems?
Yes I still agree that there’s problems in how most online courses teach. Most tackle it from the wrong direction and come across like an academic textbook.
We’re not just making lessons to learn from but we’re also making incredibly powerful tools to make it easier to create websites. Personally, I can’t wait to show it off!
SuperHi School will start Wednesday evenings, 7–9pm, from the 12th of August to the 16th of September. Spaces will be very limited so make sure you sign up ASAP. Big thanks to Rik Lomas for chatting to us and we can’t wait to try out SuperHi!