By Starshine Roshell | Sunday, April 12, 2015
It all started with a Tweet:
Suckers for a sweet father-son story, we checked in to see just what this coder kid is working on.
By Starshine Roshell | Tuesday, April 07, 2015
The creative director at a Kansas City ad agency, Stefan Mumaw has written several books on creativity and authored lots of short, inspiring courses for lynda.com on brainstorming and creativity.
He knows you think that creativity is a talent that can’t be learned. But he thinks you’re wrong.
Find out how you can generate better ideas—and why neither houseflies nor mailmen can thwart a lynda.com video shoot:
By Starshine Roshell | Thursday, March 26, 2015
Peggy Fisher doesn’t mind being a woman in a male-dominated profession. It didn’t bother her as an undergrad studying computer science 35 years ago. It didn’t even bother her as the only woman in a class of 100 volunteer firefighters in Ambler, Pennsylvania.
“It didn’t matter,” she says. “I was there to learn.”
What does bother Peggy—whose lynda.com courses cover Java, C++, and Arduino—is that girls and women aren’t taking full advantage of the wide-open professional possibilities in STEM fields: science, technology, engineering, and math. As one of the few female programming teachers at Penn State, she mentors incoming freshmen towards careers as women coders.
Find out how female programming students may be better than their male peers, according to Peggy—and why her job includes manicures (yep, you heard me).
By Starshine Roshell | Sunday, March 22, 2015
Joyce Wells loves to learn. She earned as associate’s degree in her 20s, a bachelor’s degree in her 40s, and a master’s in nursing at age 60.
But there was one thing she didn’t care to learn: digital photography.
“I’ve been interested in photography for 35 years,” says Joyce, a former Cub Scout leader who taught her scouts photography. “But around 2000, I got so disgusted because everything was going digital. I like the darkroom. I like my black and whites. I just thought, this is fake photography.
“I put away my cameras and didn’t pick them up for four or five years.”
It was her grown son who changed her mind:
“He said, ‘Mom, your darkroom is just … inside your camera.’ So I went and got a digital camera.”
Actually, she got two—and a membership to lynda.com. Now she loves her Nikons, uses Photoshop, and takes photography trips with her son and friends from Panama to Nova Scotia.
By Starshine Roshell | Sunday, March 08, 2015
How does a Minnesota girl wind up living “on a rock” in the Caribbean?
With help from lynda.com, of course.
“I was doing the corporate thing in Minneapolis,” says Ashley Ladlie, “and I got bit by the ‘tropical-crazy’ bug.”
Now she lives in an indoor/outdoor bungalow surrounded by orchids on St. John in the Virgin Islands and supports her beachside lifestyle by doing freelance web design.
“People say I’m lucky but it really has nothing to do with luck,” she says. “Anybody has the opportunity to do what I did.”
Here’s how she made it work.
By Starshine Roshell | Friday, March 06, 2015
A music producer based in California’s Bay Area, Brian Lee White does sound design for film, TV, and games—including Halo.
He’s taught more than a dozen courses at lynda.com, from the beginner-level Up and Running with Autotune 8 to the intermediate Producing Music for Advertisements to the advanced Mixing a Rock Song in Pro Tools.
By Starshine Roshell | Wednesday, March 04, 2015
Meet your favorite lynda.com Video authors in person in April at Post Production World, the world’s leading training event for editors, producers, directors, graphic artists, motion graphics designers, and new media specialists.
By Starshine Roshell | Sunday, February 22, 2015
Matt Hillebrand had almost everything he needed to create a killer cocktail recipe app.
First, he knew a thing or two about cocktails.
“I’ve been a big fan since college,” says the 37-year-old Seattle resident.
Second, he knew how to build a phone app.
“My dad got me into computers and mobile technology from childhood,” he says. “I’d been working on mobile phone apps even before the iPhone came out.”
But what he didn’t know was how to take great pictures. So he signed up for lynda.com, taught himself photography, and shot the hundreds of stunning images that illustrate his popular Mixology app —which Time Magazine called one of the 50 best iPhone apps.
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