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.
By Starshine Roshell | Thursday, February 19, 2015
For two decades, Photoshop has been an essential part of lynda.com training.
To celebrate the tool’s 25th anniversary, we’ve created lots of brand new Photoshop tutorials and documentaries for you. Visit our Photoshop tribute page for tons of new tricks and artist interviews.
But first—we asked our Photography and Design authors, “What’s the coolest thing you ever made with Photoshop?”
Here’s what they showed us.
By Starshine Roshell | Tuesday, February 17, 2015
The author of our brand new course Getting Started in 3D and Animation, George Maestri has been using 3D and animation tools for more than 20 years—starting with pencil and paper and learning the software as it developed.
He rides bikes, plays music, and … um, takes welding classes in his free time, but his professional life has led him to writing, directing, and producing gigs on projects from Rocko’s Modern Life to South Park.
“Each job taught me more about the process, and I got to invent new ways of doing things,” he says. “Everything was evolving so quickly, you always had to invent and learn.”
Find out why 3D and animation are important skills for anyone working in creative fields today—and how a lynda.com course once saved his hide!
By Starshine Roshell | Thursday, February 05, 2015
Get to know the art director, designer, writer, photographer, and professor who teaches our Foundations of Typography series.
A former design director at Time Magazine, Ina Saltz authored the Body Type books on typographic tattoos and co-authored the award-winning book Typography Referenced: A Comprehensive Visual Guide to the Language, History and Practice of Typography.
Her favorite typefaces are Requiem, Bickham Script, and Franklin Gothic No. 2, and her favorite characters are &, Q, Z, and R.
In this Q&A, Ina tells us about her favorite teachers (she worked with Hermann Zapf!), and why typography matters.
By Starshine Roshell | Sunday, February 01, 2015
In 2006, Anthony Recendez was unemployed, playing in a band, and living in California’s Central Valley.
“There was no creative around me,” he said of the farm town he called home. “I was trying to move to L.A. I wanted to be around music and videos.”
Then he discovered lynda.com.
“I changed my online resumé from a static HTML to a dynamic WordPress layout, all with the help of lynda.com. And within a few weeks I was working with Disney on contract.”
In fact, he’s been living in Los Angeles and happily working in the entertainment industry for eight years now.
“lynda.com is the reason I’m in L.A.,” he says.
By Starshine Roshell | Saturday, January 31, 2015
Yesterday Microsoft released Office for Android Tablets, which allows users to perform basic functions in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for free while requiring an Office 365 subscription for more advanced functionality.
They also released the long-awaited Outlook for iOS, rounding out the Office for iPad suite of individual apps. Available for free, this elegant app gives users the flexible email, calendar, and schedule workhorse on their iPads and iPhones.
An Android version is also available, though currently in Preview only. A final release for Android is most likely coming in the next few months.
Here’s what impressed us about these new apps.
By Starshine Roshell | Sunday, January 11, 2015
There’s prolific and then there’s prolific. Beloved lynda.com author David Rivers just published his 100th course with us!
Beginning a dozen years ago with Word 2003 Essential Training, David has taught everything from Excel and PowerPoint to Captivate and Evernote.
Our new eight-minute video 100 Courses and Counting: David Rivers on Elearning gives you a glimpse into his recording process and reveals his passion both for teaching—and for the subjects he teaches. Plus you get to see him Rollerblading with his dog, and who’d want to miss that?
We know lynda.com fans have learned a lot from David. In the following Q&A, he tells us what he’s learned in his years of teaching.
By Starshine Roshell | Sunday, January 04, 2015
It’s a fact. New year’s resolutions fall into two categories: want to and have to.
We want to do fun things like create stuff, tackle projects, pursue our interests, and master new toys. But we have to make time for the basics—like exercise.
The clever lynda.com fans you’re about to meet have all found a way to combine those two things: to check off the unavoidable have to of exercise while indulging in the gratifying want to of learning.
And some of them have even lost weight doing it.
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