How to Make an App

The Step-by-Step Beginner’s Course to Going from Idea to Launch.

Go from idea to launch in a single course.

Have an idea for an app but don’t know where to start? Feeling stuck, overwhelmed or unsure of the steps you need to take? This beginner’s course is for you.

After spending the last decade designing, building and launching a variety of apps from scratch, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to make a great app. For those who’ve never worked in tech, it can be an overwhelming process, but it doesn't have to be. I’ve packed everything I’ve learned into this course so you can finally start making progress on that amazing idea you’ve been thinking about.

In this course you’ll learn:

Process

Guide you on planning, visualizing, building and launching your app.

Terminology

Explain key terms and technologies as it relates to making apps.

Tools

Introduce tools and languages to build your app with or without code.

By the end of this course you will have:

  • Defined your app’s core features.

  • Created flow diagrams that illustrate how a user would progress through the app.

  • Start visualizing your app through pencil sketches and digital mockups.

  • Gained an understanding of what options there are to build an app with or without code.

  • Become familiar with the process for launching on the web or in the app store.

Hi! I’m Kim. I’m an award-winning product designer, developer, and chronic creator originally from Kingston, Jamaica.

Over the last decade I've designed, built, and launched multiple web and mobile apps from scratch. I taught myself how to code and grew as a designer because I enjoyed the end-to-end process of taking an idea from napkin to launch by myself.

Before making the leap to start my own studio, I worked with top creative agencies and product consultancies, such as RGA, Ogilvy, and thoughtbot, helping startups and established businesses build their digital presence. Now under my venture studio, Bourn, I create stuff I want to exist, and help others do the same.

Because of my work, I've spoken on the TEDx stage and at other events by Girlboss, AIGA and Girls who Code. My work has been featured in publications and podcasts such as Bustle, CodeNewbie, and Revision Path. I've served as a judge for creative awards such as The One Show, been a curator for NET Magazine and a front-end development teacher at General Assembly.

As your instructor, my goal is to empower you to bring your idea to life by providing you with a framework that gives you the confidence to move forward.

Who is this course for?

  • Beginners who are non-technical or new to creating apps.

  • People with an idea who don’t know where to start. If you’ve already done considerable work designing or building your app, you might not find this course useful.

  • People who want a detailed breakdown of the process of making apps.

  • People with a personal motivation for creating their app because this stuff ain’t easy.

  • People who are ready to dedicate their nights and weekends to making their idea come to life. You’ve got to be ready to follow through.

What you’ll get

Self-paced

Learn at your own pace with online access to the course.

Online Access

Learn from anywhere and anytime, no need to travel.

Exercises

Start working directly on your app idea with guided exercises.

Tutorials

Walk throughs of tools and examples to guide you along the way.

Office Hours

Weekly video Q&A sessions to get your burning questions answered.

Online Community

Join a supportive online community of beginners like you.

Ready to get started?

Choose a package based on your goals.

Explorer
$129

For those just getting their feet wet.

+ 3-month access to course
+ Online community

Opens August

Maker
$349

For makers who want extra live support.

+ 6-month access to course
+ Online community
+ 12 Examples & Tutorials
+ 10 Exercises
+ 4 Group office hours

Opens August

Payment Plan (monthly)

2 Payments of $175

Opens August

Founder
$849

For founders who want private one-on-one support.

+ Lifetime access to course
+ Online community
+ 12 Examples & Tutorials
+ 10 Exercises
+ 4 Group office hours
+ 3 Private consultations

Opens August

Payment Plan (monthly)

3 Payments of $285

Opens August

Payment Plan (monthly)

2 Payments of $175

Opens August

Payment Plan (monthly)

3 Payments of $285

Opens August
7-Day Money Back Guarantee

If for any reason you aren't happy with the course within 7 days of enrolling, shoot me an email for a full refund.

Curriculum breakdown

Introductions
  • Welcome to How to Make an App
  • Getting started
  • Intro to Apps
  • Example App: Itinerary
Phase 1: Idea
  • Intro to Idea
  • Research
  • Idea Outline
  • Exercise: Create your Idea Outline (Makers & Founders only)
Phase 2: Scope
  • Intro to Scope
  • Feature List
  • Exercise: Create your feature list (Makers & Founders only)
  • Version One Features
  • Exercise: Create your version one feature list (Makers & Founders only)
Phase 3: Validate
  • Intro to Validation
  • Waitlist
  • User Interviews
  • Prototypes
  • MVPs
  • Exercise: Conduct 5 user interviews (Makers & Founders only)
Phase 4: Design
  • Intro to Design
  • Intro to User Experience Design
  • Intro to User Interface Design
  • Flow Diagrams
  • App Flow Diagrams
  • Example: How I approached the App Flow Diagram for Itinerary (Makers & Founders only)
  • Tutorial: Intro to Figma (Makers & Founders only)
  • Tutorial: Creating screens and arrows for an App Flow Diagram in Figma (Makers & Founders only)
  • Exercise: Create your App Flow Diagram (Makers & Founders only)
  • User Flow Diagrams
  • Example: How I approached the Sign Up User Flow Diagram for Itinerary (Makers & Founders only)
  • Tutorial: Creating different shapes for a User Flow Diagram in Figma (Makers & Founders only)
  • Exercise: Create your first User Flow Diagram (Makers & Founders only)
  • Wireframes
  • Example: How I approached the wireframes for the Sign Up screen for Itinerary (Makers & Founders only)
  • Tutorial: Digitizing a wireframe in Figma (Makers & Founders only)
  • Exercise: Create your first wireframe (Makers & Founders only)
  • Mockups
  • Example: How I selected colors and fonts to create mockups for Itinerary (Makers & Founders only)
  • Tutorial: Creating a mockup in Figma (Makers & Founders only)
  • Exercise: Explore colors and fonts to create your first mockup (Makers & Founders only)
Phase 5: Build
  • Intro to Build
  • How do web apps work?
  • Building Web Apps with Code
  • Building Web Apps without Code
  • Testing Your Web App
  • How do mobile apps work?
  • Building Mobile Apps with Code
  • Building Mobile Apps without Code
  • Testing Your Mobile App
  • Example: How I approached the data structure for Itinerary (Makers & Founders only)
  • Exercise: Define the data structure for your app (Makers & Founders only)
  • Tutorial: Intro to Adalo (Makers & Founders only)
  • Tutorial: Building the Itinerary mobile app with Adalo (Makers & Founders only)
  • Exercise: Build your first screen in Adalo (Makers & Founders only)
Phase 6: Launch
  • Intro to Launch
  • Launching a Web App
  • Launching a Mobile App
Wrap Up
  • Course Feedback

This course was inspired by my one-day workshop. Here are reviews from past attendees.

"I recommend this workshop to any new founder. I feel more confident in moving forward to developing a no code app for my business. Kim did an amazing job providing great material and overview to building your own app. Kim was very knowledgeable, friendly, and patient. Kim did a great job leading and coaching us through."

~ Emma

"Kim walked us through the phases of planning, creating, and launching an app. I came in with no idea on how to start the process and left with the many options that I could implement immediately. I highly recommend."

~ Doreen

"Kim was fantastic. She was very thorough and was able to explain everything so that everyone with no coding or app experience could comprehend. I left the workshop excited about the process of app-building!"

~ Dez

"Great introduction for someone with little to no idea of how to build an app. It gives you a great starting point to know what to do in the future."

~ Nastasia

"If you've been sitting on an app idea and don't know where to start, this course is great to help you focus and get you going in the right direction."

~ Martine

FAQs

Have another question? Shoot me an email at kim@howtomakeanapp.co.

Is this course applicable for any type of app?

Yes! This course is meant to set the foundation for any type of app. When it comes time to build your app, that’s where things will start to diverge but we won’t be building your app in the course. We will cover the terminology, technologies and platforms you can use to do so.

That said, apps that include AR/VR, Mobile games, Algorithmic feeds, AI, Complex computations, data analysis or tracking are more complex. The information related to building or launching your app may not be applicable.

Will I get to build the app?

We will be covering the options you have to build your app with or without code. When you choose the Maker or Founder package, you will also get in-depth tutorials on the no-code platform, Adalo, so you can be ready to build your app after the course.

Do I need to know how to code?

Nope! This course is geared towards those who aren’t technical, don’t know how to code, or don’t understand the end-to-end process of making an app. The goal is that by the end, you’ll have more technical knowledge than when you started. You’ll be able to decide if you want to use no-code tools, learn to code or hire someone to do it for you.

Will I have access to you to ask questions?

Yes! When you choose the Maker or Founder packages, you'll have an opportunity to ask me questions live via office hours. You can also ask questions through the community and I'll get back to you as soon as I can.

Is this a live course?

This course is completely self-paced. The only parts that are live are the office hours and private, one-on-one consultations which will start after enrollment and run for 4 weeks.

How long is the course?

The content itself can be consumed in one day, but to complete the exercises and tutorials, it should take you about 1-4 weeks depending on how much of your app you decide to tackle.

What if I buy the course and realize it’s not for me?

Every purchase comes with a 7-day money back guarantee. If you realize this course isn’t for you, you can shoot me an email for a full refund within 7 days of enrolling.