Designing a Wall of Code

At the end of September 2020 my sister Jennifer Pearce who is a Deputy Headteacher at Cooks Spinney Primary Academy and Nursery in the UK, reached out to me about designing a wall of code for the school’s computer centre. What they envisioned was a piece of code printed onto the walls of the computer centre, but that the code had some meaning behind it.

After thinking about it I realized that I could apply some core code concepts into the educational arena pretty easily. Schools have classes….Object Oriented code has classes….that’s a pretty good start!

Interestingly enough, one of the ideas that they put forth was the Code is Poetry example that permeates the WordPress project 🙂 pretty cool to see how widespread that idea is now!

I fired up VS Code and put together a Github gist for the school to review. Once they were happy with it, I finalized it in VS Code with my editor styles in place – I’m using one of the default themes, dark+ (default dark) – and ported it into Figma.

Ultimately I think it came out fantastic! My sister was kind enough to take some photos and video for me of the finished product – hopefully one day I can go visit the school in person 🙂 and I hope the children find it inspiring!

If anyone would like to use it, I’d appreciate that you give proper attribution and follow the GPL v2 principles if you fork/copy it.

I’d love to see what you come up with 🙂 send me a link in the comments, twitter, or instagram!

The final JPG’s and PNG’s at 1x and 2x are below.

PDF download if that’s your preference 🙂