Meet Incipia: A Grand Circus Coworking Spotlight

December 16, 2015

Incipia is a more recent addition to the Grand Circus coworking community.Incipia is an emerging mobile tech firm that aims to help businesses stay relevant and accomplish their goals in the age of mobile by designing, developing and marketing mobile apps.. Metro-detroit natives, Gabe Kwakyi (Co-Founder/CEO) and Gregory (Co-Founder/CTO) were inspired to return to the Motor City and start Incipia. “We Read more →

Part 1: Using the Command Line for Beginners

December 8, 2015

We all love shortcuts. CTRL + C to copy some text. Brownie mix. You name it. We find workarounds in all aspects of our lives to save time. For programmers, using the Command Line is a shortcut that makes certain tasks, like creating files and directories, faster and easier. Are you new to coding and looking Read more →

What You Can Learn at Grand Circus: A Student Spotlight

December 7, 2015

Ever wonder what our students are able to create after taking an evening class at Grand Circus? Are you curious why someone with a full-time job would spend the evening learning how to code? Learn more about Devon, a student who learned HTML & CSS, as well as JavaScript and JQuery this summer. What keeps you Read more →

Why Teachers Make Good Developers

November 24, 2015

You’d be wrong to think teachers and programmers lie on opposite ends of the spectrum when it comes to careers. In fact, many of the characteristics that make a teacher successful are also qualities needed to become a great web or software developer. Just ask the four former educators in our current Front-End Bootcamp. Here Read more →

5 Reasons to Be Excited for the New Windows 10

November 23, 2015

After a long wait, Windows 10 came to save the day! The controversial Windows 8 design decision of eliminating the Start Menu made many long time Windows users unhappy. Windows 10 designers put it back along, with many more new exciting features. Wondering what all the hoopla is about and why you should download the Read more →

How to Craft Your Elevator Pitch

November 16, 2015

An elevator pitch is a brief and persuasive sales pitch, something you could start and close during the duration of an elevator ride. You can use elevator pitches for all sorts of things, like your flashy startup idea or your new dog walking business, but in our bootcamps, we focus on people’s personal elevator pitches. Read more →

Why I’ve Stopped Using Float in my CSS

October 26, 2015

Float is one of the most ubiquitous CSS properties that new students learn. As soon as the concept of using CSS for layout is introduced float becomes the standard option and is frequently one of the first taught. It has become so entrenched in web design as a tool for layout, that any curriculum that omits Read more →

Why Coding is an Important Skill for Digital Marketers

October 20, 2015

Let’s face it. Jobs are becoming more interdisciplinary, especially in the digital sphere. In the last year, there were over a quarter million jobs advertised seeking hybrid talent. For digital marketers, the breadth of knowledge required seems to grow every day. While some programming languages need to be left to the professionals, basic knowledge in Read more →

Coderetreat: A Day to Practice Clean Code

October 14, 2015

One of the ideals we strive for and try to impart to our students at Grand Circus is clean code. Clean code is a broad topic deserving it’s own series of posts, but in brief, code is clean if it exhibits all of the following characteristics: Passes all tests (you are writing tests right?) Is as Read more →

NewCo Detroit: Coming in October!

September 21, 2015

When you wake up to the sounds of Canadian geese flying south, you know Fall is upon us. Sad, yes, but it means that NewCo Detroit is around the corner! NewCo Detroit is “a mashup of an open studio tour and a business conference, with the vibe of a music festival.” You get to pick Read more →