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By Crystal McCullough | Wednesday, August 24, 2011

lynda.com again ranked among fastest growing private companies

We’re very proud that lynda.com has again been ranked as one of the fastest growing private companies in the U.S. in 2011, according to Inc. magazine’s 500|5000 company listing.

Inc. 5000Ranked as number 1181 out of 5,000, lynda.com is also number 13 in the Inc. 5000 Top Education Companies category. Like all companies included in the Inc. 500|5000 listing, lynda.com’s position was based on the percentage growth of annual revenue over a three-year period. lynda.com is among the 5,000 companies individually profiled by Inc. in this year’s roundup of entrepreneurial leaders.

We’re really proud that this distinguishes lynda.com among both educators and entrepreneurs. Our continued growth is really based on how well we have continually adapted to our members’ needs by creating the highest quality training that we can. We strive to develop compelling content that all of you can count on as software and the market changes, and we do our best to give you even more than you expect.

Want to be a part of lynda.com? Check out our current career opportunities at lynda.jobs.

By Crystal McCullough | Friday, June 17, 2011

lynda.com featured on Wired.com today

lynda.com on wired.com

lynda.com is featured on wired.com today.

An interview with our founder, Lynda, was featured on the front page of wired.com this morning. Read about the motivation behind our company, our growth, and our courses: A Paywall That Pays Off: Lynda.com’s Quality Content Farm is Educational

By Crystal McCullough | Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Marking the 1,000-course milestone and revisiting the first 24 courses

No Pixels Harmed!

No Pixels Harmed! is among the first 24 courses in the lynda.com Online Training Library®. Of the first 24 courses, seven were with co-founder Bruce Heavin, and four were with co-founder Lynda Weinman. They taught one of them together; Learning Photoshop 6 and ImageReady 3 for the Web.

Late last week, we quietly marked a milestone in the Online Training Library®. For the first time ever, our library surpassed the 1,000-course mark.

Time Management Fundamentalsis the course that took us into four figures, and perhaps fittingly so. It represents the second of a very new kind of course for lynda.com. While we’ve been known for our software training since 2002, soft skills represent a new direction that we’re exploring to support personal and professional development in and out of the workplace. Both Time Management Fundamentals and Pitching Projects and Products to Executives have been met with high acclaim from our members, and more soft-skills courses are on the way.

By the way, we’d already passed the 1,000 mark for courses published, but have retired a few courses from the library over the years. This is the first time 1,000 courses have been available to members at the same time. Amazingly, our first 24 courses are still in the Online Training Library®. Even though most of the software versions in our first 24 courses have long been superseded by newer versions (or the software shown doesn’t exist any more), it’s astonishing how basic web and graphic design principles never die, no matter what the software or medium. Animation Principles is still a hearty primer for those interested in getting started in animation, and No Pixels Harmed! still has valid lessons on maintaining image integrity. Typographic Principles is just as effective today as a basic introduction to the art of type and letterforms.

Curious about the first courses in our library in 2002? Do you remember watching them way back then? Here’s the list:

Learning Amorphium Pro
Learning After Effects 5
Animation Principles
Learning Mac OS X
Advanced Photoshop 6
Learning Illustrator 9
Learning Photoshop 6
Typographic Principles
Learning Illustrator 10
No Pixels Harmed!
Learning UltraDev 4
Learning Photoshop Elements
Learning QuickTime 5 Pro
Learning Flash 5
Learning Dreamweaver 4
Intermediate Dreamweaver 4
Intermediate Flash 5
Optimizing Flash 5 Content
Learning Fireworks 4
Advanced Flash 5
Learning Photoshop 6 and ImageReady 3 for the Web
Learning Fireworks 3
Learning Dreamweaver 3
Learning Director 8.5
Animation Principles

Animation Principles still maintains basic principles for those interested in animation or motion graphics.

By Crystal McCullough | Thursday, February 24, 2011

Announcing the new lynda.com and new How to use lynda.com course

How to use lynda.com

The new lynda.com is here! Whether you want a full overview of our new navigation and design, or if you just have a few questions about the new site, check out our new course, How to use lynda.com with Garrick Chow. For a peek at the course, watch the movie trailer by clicking on the how to use lynda.com image on the right. Here’s a sample of one of the nearly 50 movies in the course, from chapter 1. Besides showing you how to subscribe to the library’s latest releases, it explains how to subscribe to this blog:

How to use lynda.com | Subscribing to the Latest Releases RSS feed

View this entire course in the lynda.com Online Training Library®.

By Crystal McCullough | Friday, February 11, 2011

Lynda interviews Mad Men creator, Matthew Weiner, February 13

If you are in the Santa Barbara area, join us on Sunday February 13, 2010 at the Granada Theater to attend an interview with Lynda Weinman and Matthew Weiner, creator of the hit TV show Mad Men. Since its debut in 2007, Mad Men has not only reinvigorated 1960’s retro with its uncanny historical accuracy and flawless visual style, but has also garnered three consecutive Emmy Awards for Outstanding Drama Series, three Golden Globe Awards for Best Television Drama Series, and a myriad of other honors. Culture-watchers love its complex storylines that reveal American life on the cusp of enormous social change. Strike a pose for our fashion photographers and show off your glamorous 1950s -1960s cocktail attire, and enjoy a dynamic discussion with one of the maddest men in television.

Location: The Granada, 1214 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101Date: Sunday, February 13, 2011Time: 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.Cost: $28 for the general public; $16 for UCSB students. Tickets available through the University of California, Santa Barbara Arts & Lectures site, and benefits UCSB Arts and Lectures.

By Crystal McCullough | Monday, February 07, 2011

SBMS Teen Press interviews Lynda and Bruce

The Santa Barbara Middle School (SBMS) Teen Press visited our offices, and did a great job interviewing Lynda and Bruce recently about what inspires them, why they sponsor the festival, their history, and more. Watch the entire series:

P.S. If you don’t get the See’s Candy reference, watch The logo story.

By Crystal McCullough | Tuesday, February 01, 2011

lynda.com documentaries screening this week at SBIFF; tickets still available

Doyald at his drafting table.

A scene from Doyald Young, Logotype Designer. The film is one of the lynda.com documentaries selected for screening at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival.

We are incredibly honored that two of our own documentary films have been selected for screening at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, and we hope you’ll be able to attend one of the showings. Ticket packages are still available on the Santa Barbara International Film Festival site.

The films we will be screening were produced by lynda.com as part of our Creative Inspirations series of documentaries. The first is Doyald Young, Logotype Designer, directed by lynda.com senior live action director Scott Erickson. In this film, we look at the incredible life of and work by this legendary typographer, logotype desinger, author, and teacher who has inspired thousands of artists and students throughout his career.

Next will be our film Richard Koci Hernandez, Multimedia Journalist, also directed by Scott Erickson. The film explores Koci’s journey of discovery from a wide-eyed kid at the Ansel Adams Gallery to photojournalist and teacher of multimedia storytelling at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.

The films will be shown on:

  • February 3 — 7:00 p.m.
  • February 4 — 10:00 a.m.
  • February 6 — 4:00 p.m.

All screenings will be at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, and each will be followed by Q&A sessions with members of the lynda.com documentary production team.

We hope you’ll be able to join us at a screening and take some time to catch some of the other films and events taking place.

By Crystal McCullough | Friday, December 31, 2010

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