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Jerry & Maggie

This Is Not Photography

Husband-and-wife artists Jerry Uelsmann and Maggie Taylor broke free of traditional notions of photography to create haunting, layered dreamscapes that challenge the medium's possibilities. Don't miss almost an hour of in-depth and unlocked Bonus Features!

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  • view course page for Real-World Design: Live Presentations from Creative Leaders

    Get a front-row seat to Art Center College of Design's lecture series, where top designers from around the country share lessons from the real world of design.

    1h 27m
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  • view course page for Artists and Their Work: Conversations about Mograph, VFX, and Digital Art

    Rob Garrott interviews storyboard artists, animators, VFX artists, and other film-industry pros in this series of creative conversations.

    9h 24m
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  • view course page for Women in STEM

    Women in STEM with Jess Stratton

    Find out what it takes to break into STEM. Meet three inspiring women with successful careers in science, technology, engineering, and math.

    13m 27s
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  • view course page for Project-Based Learning: STEM to STEAM

    Project-Based Learning: STEM to STEAM with Dos Pueblos Engineering Academy

    Find out why the Dos Pueblos Engineering Academy (DPEA) might be a model for a new kind of public education, via project-based learning in science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics (STEAM).

    2h 48m
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  • view course page for Jeffrey Zeldman: 20 years of Web Design and Community

    The influential web designer and founder of A List Apart talks about developing the web standards that shaped the Internet we know today, fostering community, and educating the next generation of designers.

    1h 18m
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  • view course page for Spaces and Places by Kevin Sloan Studio

    Landscape architect Kevin Sloan explains the design decisions and inspiration behind three of his groundbreaking landscaping and building projects.

    21m 15s
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  • view course page for Creative Insights: Lauren Bacon on Web Design

    Business coach Lauren Bacon tells us what it takes to be successful in the web design world.

    24m 4s
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  • view course page for Urbanized

    Urbanized with Gary Hustwit

    Urbanized, a documentary about the design of cities, looks at the issues and strategies behind urban design and features some of the world's foremost architects, planners, policy makers, builders, and thinkers.

    2h 18m
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  • view course page for Objectified

    Objectified with Gary Hustwit

    In this acclaimed documentary from the maker of Helvetica, renowned designers such as Dieter Rams and Marc Newson talk about the significance of the objects we surround ourselves with, and the people who make them.

    2h 9m
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  • view course page for Helvetica

    Helvetica with Gary Hustwit

    An acclaimed documentary exploring typography, graphic design, and global visual culture through the history of a single typeface—now with an hour of online-exclusive bonus features.

    2h 54m
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  • view course page for Super Fans: The Future of the Music Industry

    In this short film, Benji Rogers, founder of PledgeMusic, heads to SXSW to talk to music insiders about the ways artists can connect with super fans—the fans who want deeper relationships with their favorite musicians, and are willing to pay for it.

    15m 38s
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  • view course page for Yo Santosa, Branding Expert

    Yo Santosa, Branding Expert with Yolanda Santosa

    Yo Santosa's design firm, Ferroconcrete, creates campaigns and branding for nationally and internationally recognized companies. See how they have evolved brands like Pinkberry, TNT, and TBS.

    24m 4s
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  • view course page for frog's FEMA Disaster Relief Innovation

    Find out how the design firm frog helped FEMA create a plan for a community-run disaster relief program in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

    24m 53s
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  • view course page for NAB 2014: A First Look at Panasonic's GH4

    Watch a demo of the 4K video-capable Panasonic GH4, straight from the showroom floor at NAB 2014, the world's largest digital media conference.

    13m 44s
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  • view course page for Creative Insights: Ayah Bdeir and littleBits

    Ayah Bdeir explains how she created littleBits, the toy designed to inspire the next generation of programmers and engineers, and how littleBits evolved into a full-fledged company.

    26m 59s
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  • view course page for Creative Spark: Grammar Girl, Changing Writing One Word at a Time

    Learn how Grammar Girl makes learning fun and reaches millions of word lovers through her podcast network, books, website, and games.

    10m 8s
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  • view course page for Motion Graphic Music Videos: The Work of Scott Pagano

    Scott Pagano, head of LA design studio Neither-Field, walks us through the motion-based, viral music videos he designed for the electronic music trio the M Machine.

    36m 53s
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  • view course page for Dan Roarty's Realistic 3D Portraits: Start to Finish

    Learn how character artist Dan Roarty creates his hyperrealistic 3D portraits with tools like Maya, Mudbox, Knald, and Photoshop.

    35m 8s
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  • view course page for The Creative Spark: Between Two Worlds, The Hybrid Animation of Tiny Inventions

    The founders of Tiny Inventions explain how their (tiny) two-person animation studio evolved and share the process behind their film Between Times.

    26m 1s
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  • view course page for The Creative Spark: Alberto Scirocco and the Motion Graphics of leftchannel

    The head of the innovative motion design firm leftchannel explains the importance of versatility and experimentation in the design process.

    8m 34s
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  • view course page for The Creative Spark: Larry Crane, Recording Engineer and Music Producer

    Larry Crane, critically acclaimed record producer and founder of Tape Op magazine, describes his self-taught, largely trial-and-error path to success in the music industry.

    15m 13s
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  • view course page for Creative Insights: Local Projects, Interactive Media Designers

    The team behind Local Projects, a multimedia design firm, explains the development process behind some of their most high-profile projects, including an installation for the 9/11 Memorial Museum.

    27m 1s
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  • view course page for Pop Chart Lab's Infographic Poster Design: Start to Finish

    The founders of Pop Chart Lab describe the design process for one of their poster-sized infographic prints, "The Nebula of NES Games."

    8m 40s
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  • view course page for The Creative Spark: Tom Durham, Indie Filmmaker

    How do you produce an epic sci-fi film on an indie budget? Tom Durham talks about the six-year journey of making his first feature film, 95ers.

    18m 27s
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  • view course page for James White's Character Illustrations: Start to Finish

    James White, the one-man powerhouse behind Signalnoise design studio, gives us a peek at one of his projects: illustrating the wrestlers of the WWE in its heyday in the eighties and early nineties.

    31m 29s
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  • view course page for The Creative Spark: James White, Visual Artist and Designer

    Designer James White describes the evolution of his neo-pop style, why he decided to break out on his own, and how he dealt with the setbacks and found new opportunities for his studio, Signalnoise, along the way.

    24m 31s
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  • view course page for The Creative Spark: Michael Langan, Experimental Filmmaker

    A filmmaker looks back on the evolution of his live-action-meets-animation style, explains how he has adapted his experimental work for commercial use, and reflects on his future.

    15m 51s
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  • view course page for Douglas Kirkland on Photography: A Life in Pictures

    This documentary follows legendary photographer Douglas Kirkland as he assembles his first career retrospective, A Life in Pictures, and recalls pivotal moments in his career.

    51m 36s
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  • view course page for GMUNK's 3D-Rendered Geometric Art Series: Start to Finish

    Bradley G Munkowitz, aka GMUNK, explains how he makes his op-art-inspired geometric prints by using 3D tools in entirely new ways.

    12m 58s
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  • view course page for Chris Korn's Digital Character Design: Start to Finish

    Chris Korn, character designer at FUSE Animation, explains how he brings his creatures to life with CINEMA 4D and Zbrush.

    33m 52s
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  • view course page for The Creative Spark: Krista Donaldson, Social Innovation Designer

    Krista Donaldson, CEO of the nonprofit organization D-Rev, talks about improving health and prosperity in the developing world by combining great design and great technology.

    24m 22s
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  • view course page for Michelle Kaufmann's Platinum LEED Home Remodel: Start to Finish

    Watch Michelle Kaufman remodel a home in San Francisco to meet a growing family's needs while earning the US Green Building Council's rigorous LEED Platinum certification.

    13m 53s
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  • view course page for Dustin Farrell's Time-Lapse Photography: Start to Finish

    Landscape photographer Dustin Farrell visits the Utah desert to shoot one of his amazing time-lapse sequences.

    36m 25s
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  • view course page for Brooke Shaden's Conceptual Photography: Start to Finish

    Follow photographer Brooke Shaden as she creates one of her painterly, otherworldly images and explains her process, from initial sketch to final Photoshop composite.

    17m 41s
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  • view course page for The Creative Spark: Brian Kaufman, Visual Journalist

    Wander around the Packard Plant with Brian Kaufman, a visual journalist for the Detroit Free Press, as he documents the plant's deterioration and explains how his multimedia projects boost newspapers' relevance in a digital age.

    48m 21s
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  • view course page for The Creative Spark: Von Glitschka, Illustrative Designer

    Von Glitschka shows us how to take our brains offline to find design inspiration through sketching and exploring the world around us.

    18m 5s
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  • view course page for Tony Cruz's iPhone Surf Photography: Start to Finish

    Paddle into the Pacific with surfer and Instagram star Tony Cruz, as he describes his editing process using tools like Snapseed, Blender, and Mextures.

    7m 22s
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  • view course page for The Creative Spark: Iyeoka, Recording Artist and Poet

    Recording artist Iyeoka explores her roots in Boston and her evolution from a pharmacist who dreamed of being an artist to a successful songwriter and poet.

    9m 16s
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  • view course page for The Creative Spark: Grant Skinner, Interactive Developer

    Join Grant Skinner at work and at play, designing cutting-edge interactive experiences, games, applications, and frameworks with technologies like HTML5 and Flash.

    31m 35s
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  • view course page for The Creative Spark: Beeple, Everyday Artist

    Follow Beeple, a motion graphics artist, whose Everyday Project drives him to learn new software, adopt fresh techniques, and create art for himself and others.

    43m 45s
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  • view course page for The Creative Spark: Stacey Williams-Ng, Interactive Book Designer

    Join Stacey Williams-Ng, an interactive book designer, at her home studio in Milwaukee where she's animating her latest book, A Troop Is a Group of Monkeys, destined for the iPad.

    28m 31s
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  • view course page for The Creative Spark: Nick Onken, Travel and Lifestyle Photographer

    Do some trekking—photo trekking—with travel and lifestyle photographer Nick Onken.

    33m 6s
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  • view course page for The Creative Spark: Brian Taylor, Handmade Photography

    Follow photographer Brian Taylor as he combines Photoshop and other modern imaging tools with photographic processes that were invented in the 1800s.

    30m 29s
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  • view course page for The Creative Spark: Title Case, Typographic Artisans

    Follow the founders of Title Case, a business and workshop dedicated to the love of the letterform, as they put pencil to paper and ink to brush in pursuit of the letter that's uniquely their own.

    28m 31s
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  • view course page for The Creative Spark: Lauren Lemon, Creative Portrait Photographer

    Follow Lauren Lemon, the online persona for Lauren Randolph, a photographer based in Los Angeles, as she plans and choreographs a photo shoot and talks about the importance of social networks and personal projects in establishing a photography career.

    17m 24s
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  • view course page for The lynda.com Story

    The lynda.com Story with Bruce Heavin

    The lynda.com Story: Founders and key executives share accounts of learning, teaching, and building their company.

    59m 53s
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  • view course page for Jerry Uelsmann & Maggie Taylor: This is not photography

    In the darkroom and on the desktop, two artists are inspired to push the boundaries of photography.

    3h 56m
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  • view course page for Branden Hall: Interactive Architect and Digital Maker

    Introduces Automata Studios cofounder and CEO Branden Hall, a software architect and programmer who pushes the limits of the web, and teaches others how to do the same.

    44m 43s
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  • view course page for Creative Inspirations: Ed Emberley, Children's Book Illustrator

    A generation of children have learned to draw using Ed's drawing books and we watch as a new generation puts crayon to paper. At 80 years young, Ed is pushing ahead and we meet with his team as he works on his newest iPad app—with graphic artists that, as

    51m 45s
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  • view course page for Creative Inspirations: Marian Bantjes, Graphic Artist

    Visit the home and workspace of graphic designer Marian Bantjes, as she shares her views on design and designers, and tour her distinctive one-woman show at the Ontario College of Art & Design.

    2h 18m
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