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.
By Starshine Roshell | Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Do you have the skills that hiring managers are looking for?
Last month, Forbes named “The 10 Skills Employers Most Want in 2015 Graduates.”
The list is based on a survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, which asked hiring managers at big companies like IBM and Chevron which skills and qualities they most value in potential hires.
Turns out they’re all things you can learn—and in fact master—right here at lynda.com. For just $25 a month.
Do you have the top skills employers want for 2015? Which do you need to brush up on? We’ve got you covered:
By Starshine Roshell | Friday, December 26, 2014
At a time of year when many of us are filling our homes and our bellies with an abundance of delicious treats, Jules Rugwiro is fighting hunger in Rwanda.
Jules is a database manager with the UN’s World Food Programme (WFP), the largest humanitarian agency that addresses hunger.
“The work that we do includes providing food and/or cash for refugees, responding to emergencies, feeding school children, and connecting farmers to markets,” says Jules, a Rwandan who lives and works in Kigali, the nation’s capitol. “I collect information on whether food is available and accessible, and how it’s utilized by people in different parts of the country. Once we have this information, we identify who the vulnerable people are (i.e. those who are ‘food insecure’), where they live, how insecure they are, and why they are insecure. WFP bases its interventions on these results.
“If my job is not done properly, the most vulnerable people would not be identified and thus not assisted.”
How does he make sure his job is done properly?
“I learned most of my programming and database management skills through self-study and the material available on lynda.com,” says Jules, who studied information technology in school.
By Starshine Roshell | Friday, December 05, 2014
“I’m doing it. Next semester, I’m going all in with lynda.com.”
So begins a recent blog post by John Drake, a web development professor at East Carolina University.
“I plan on chucking my existing textbook and instead requiring students to use the training videos to learn HTML, CSS, and PHP. … I am done lecturing in the classroom for this course.”
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