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By Morten Rand-Hendriksen | Monday, May 18, 2015

Our WordPress Training Draws 100,000 Viewers!

WordPress training hits 100,000 viewers!

In the fall of 2010, shortly after the release of WordPress 3.0, I spent a week building a WordPress training course for lynda.com. The months prior were spent experimenting, testing, and planning out every detail with a simple goal: Make the course that I needed when I first started using WordPress.

This was my first lynda.com course, and I hoped my WordPress training would be watched by a few hundred subscribers. Five years, four course editions, and countless minor updates later, that goal has been reached this week—by a factor of 1,000!

As WordPress Essential Training was watched by its 100,000th viewer this week, I was working on its fifth revision—so this is a perfect time to reflect on where we were, where we are now, and where we’re headed in the world of WordPress.

By Jolie Miller | Monday, May 18, 2015

5 Tips for Landing Your First Job Out of College

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It’s unfair, really. Moments ago you were marching to “Pomp and Circumstance” and being lauded and applauded for your heroic achievement: graduating college.

But now you’re facing a brand new world of challenges—and starting at the bottom.

You need a job. And we can help.

By Justin Seeley | Sunday, May 17, 2015

11 Ways to Nail Your Next Presentation

Nail Your Presentation

Delivering a presentation in front of a room full of people can be a daunting task for a lot of us. There are some who appear to be naturals at it—but in truth, the people who do it well are the ones who work the hardest at it.

I started giving public presentations about 10 years ago, and in that time I’ve learned several things that may help you nail your next presentation:

By Richard Harrington | Saturday, May 16, 2015

Using a Shoulder Rig on Video Shoots

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When shooting with a handheld video cameras, it can be difficult to keep your camera steady. Using a shoulder rig is a great work-around.

In this week’s episode of Video Gear Weekly, Rich and Robbie show how shoulder rigs can add stability to a shot when you’re working with smaller DSLRs and micro four-thirds cameras.

By David Blatner | Friday, May 15, 2015

Make a Magazine-Style 'Image Sandwich' in InDesign

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Have you ever wanted to re-create the effect seen on covers of big magazines like Sports Illustrator and Vogue—the kind where the masthead appears to be behind one part of the cover image and in front of another part?

It used to take a million-dollar machine to create the effect. Today, you can achieve the same results with a few clicks in InDesign. I’ll show you how with this week’s InDesign Secrets.

By Starshine Roshell | Friday, May 15, 2015

Escaped from the Call Center—with our Excel Tutorials

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Lauren Kleist spent 11 years working in credit and collections for a Pittsburgh utility company.

“I’ve been trying to get out of the call center forever. Everybody wants out of the call center,” she says. “The noise—sometimes you go home and have such a headache.”

Then a job opened up in billing. Nice, quiet billing. But in order to get the job, she would have to pass an Excel test.

“I’m an artistic, creative person, so I let Excel get the best of me. I just couldn’t wrap my mind around it.”

But she really wanted this job, and that meant building an Excel spreadsheet in a timed exam—and scoring a 70% or better.

“I looked on YouTube for a couple of videos, but it didn’t help me,” she says.I thought, This job is mine if I pass the test …”

By Mary Jane Begin | Thursday, May 14, 2015

How Shapes Affect Your Design

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A Rorschach test asks what people “see” when they look at a series of inkblots—then uses psychology to understand their individual perceptions.

As human beings, we read shapes in a highly personal way—but shapes can have a strangely universal affect on viewers, too.

Our instinctive response to both shape and color creates an immediate “read” of the message. As visual communicators, we need to pay attention to shapes in every composition to be sure the message we intend is the one that viewers receive.

How can we know for sure that our designs are … well, in good shape? Follow this advice.

By Jolie Miller | Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Instructional Design at lynda.com: How We Do What We Do

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One of the most common questions we get here at lynda.com is: How do you do what you do?

While there’s a certain amount of magic that happens on our campus (it’s impressive, I’ll be honest), a lot of our process boils down to simple instructional design principles for teaching adult learners.

Whether you’re teaching a friend how to knit, creating online instruction, or just want to be able to better communicate—these strategies don’t disappoint.

Here are my 10 favorite tips:

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