I challenge you to go write some playful code right this very minute. Especially if you don’t know how to code. Stop reading this article and go find a playground to explore and some documentation to peruse.

Not convinced?

Coding doesn’t have to be complex. It doesn’t have to be some crazy set of algorithms scrawled across a whiteboard while you go into a possessed hacker frenzy. Coding can be simple. It can be delightful. You don’t need to learn much to make some pixels do something on a screen. Make something goofy or just a few words on a screen. Have fun with it!

I started out with good ol’ HTML and CSS. You don’t have to! Try Javascript! Try Python! There are so many good options!

If you are having trouble getting started, I recommend taking Codecademy for a spin. It has some pretty solid introductory courses. Once you start getting the hang of things, hop on over to something like CodePen or Glitch. CodePen is great for messing with HTML, CSS, and Javascript. Glitch is great for spinning up neato applications. Both have super supportive communities that are happy to help you along.

Here is a collection of some of my goofier CodePens for inspiration. Happy coding!

Posted by Michael Arestad

I design at Automattic.