Improve your design skills and knowledge, one step at a time

Bite-sized tips on visual and usability design principles, for makers and creators.

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A collection of 50 bite-sized, actionable design tips, including links to further resources.

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Keeping it simple

I want to show that effective design is accessible to all, and can be achieved with regular, small steps and basic knowledge.

For that reason I'm aiming to do two things: Not rely heavily on pro design tools, which most people don’t have access to; and keep my own designs simple, not fancy.

Building in public

I’m also aiming to build in public as much as possible. This is for a number of reasons.

Mostly, it's an opportunity to share my product-building journey and learnings with others. It's also a way to demonstrate first-hand some of my design tips, and to build support along the way.


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About Mark Bowley


I’ve been in design for more than two decades, covering brand and digital. I’m a no-code maker myself and active across various communities.

I’ve also built deckof.carrd.co, extrasfor.carrd.co and makerdesign.tools

Improve the design of your online projects one step at a time

A collection of bite-sized, actionable design tips for makers and creators.

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The Tiny Design Lessons ebook contains 50 simple tips on visual and usability design principles. The tips have been heavily distilled and simplified, to give you just enough knowledge to take action without draining your time. Many of the lessons also come with links to further resources, such as examples, templates and worksheets.

Do you struggle with design?

Many makers and creators I’ve spoken to are frustrated with the design side of their work. Of the many hats they have to wear building solo projects, design stands out as a problem and is often ignored. They don’t know enough basic design to make their work look better or easier to use.

To make matters worse, most design guidance is too generic, jargon-filled, or overly detailed. This means makers like you aren’t able to use design to add more value. You need design advice that's simple and clear, so you can keep on creating without getting over-stretched.

With my background in design I saw this as a chance to help whilst doing something I enjoy – empowering non-designers with basic design skills. I believe just knowing a tiny amount can make your work infinitely more valuable. It’s all about the marginal gains, right?

Improve your knowledge without much effort

With this book, I want to teach you simple steps to make a big difference. I hope it gives you more confidence in using design every day, or gives you a better idea of how design principles can apply to almost anything you create. I just want to help you build better things, using the power of design.

Who is this for?

The ebook is for you if:

  • you want your work to look as good as it can, and cover usability basics.

  • you find most design guidance too generic, jargon-filled, or too detailed.

  • you want clear and simple answers your design questions.

What you’ll learn

The ebook will show you how to:

  • improve the visual design of your projects one step at a time.

  • make sure you’ve covered usability basics before you ship something.

  • launch projects that are visually better and more delightful to use.


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Chris Strobl
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It’s really a good product and the price is fair. I enrolled in multiple online courses on design, but it wasn’t easy applying it to my workflow.
Your book, I can open on my second screen and go through all 50 lessons while building and before deploying a product. Well done

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Matt @makermattevans

Not even looked inside and already know this is going to be worth many times the purchase price. Great effort Mark!

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Lundy @WmLundy

Purchased! Book is loaded with quick insights and best practices. Exactly what I was hoping for.

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Kieran @nocodelife

This is absolutely brilliant. I genuinely learned loads just from three pages.

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Marc @IndustrialMarc

I’ve been reading @markbowley’s Tiny Design lessons book and highly recommend it to anyone who’s building a No-Code project. Or any project actually! 🙌

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About Mark Bowley


I’ve been in design for more than two decades. I’ve worked on marketing design, brand design, and app design but I’m not an expert in any particular area like UI, UX, or web. I actually consider that a strength, as I have strong designer instincts which enable me to see many different areas where small gains can be made, to add value.

I’m also a no-code maker myself. Over the years I’ve frequently needed to use no-code solutions in my consulting work, so I understand the principles. In late 2019 I became much more active in this, shipping small experiments and useful tools to learn new skills. I’ve become involved in various no-code communities in 2020.

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  • 50 actionable, bite-sized lessons

  • Covers Visual and UX design

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Questions

Who is this book for exactly?

Tiny Design Lessons is for digital makers, creators and builders of all kinds. I created it with no-code makers in mind, but really it's for anyone who’s creating tools, products, marketing materials or anything else of value.

What if I just want design resources, not lessons?

No problem, everyone has different needs. I’ve created makerdesign.tools for you – a database of 200+ design resources and tools.

Why should I care about learning? I think my designs are good already.

Design principles are important to get right. What you think is good isn’t always what users think is good, and what seems usable to you, isn’t always usable by them.

How is this different to other design courses and books?

My goal with this book is to lower the barrier to using design to achieve your goals. I’m aiming for clear and unthreatening design advice, without jargon or long-winded explanations.

Will buying this book guarantee I’ll be able to create great designs?

No it doesn’t. Tiny Design Lessons is a guide. Applying the lessons requires individual effort and the results are dependant on your circumstances amongst other external factors.

Can I become an affiliate for your ebook?

Yes you can if you have a website, newsletter, blog, podcast or anything like it for an audience of indie and no-code makers. Find out more here.

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I’ve been reading @markbowley’s Tiny Design lessons book and highly recommend it to anyone who’s building a No-Code project. Or any project actually! 🙌
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Not even looked inside and already know this is going to be worth many times the purchase price. Great effort Mark!

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