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By Lynda Weinman | Friday, October 07, 2011

Reflecting on my father and Steve Jobs

Lynda and her father, 1996.

My father and me, 1996.

My father passed in July 2011, and it was a time of great reflection for my family and me. Hearing of Steve Jobs‘ passing affected me intensely and has also spurred deep reflection—though of course different than that for a parent, but deeper than you might imagine for a person I have never met and only admired from afar. Like so many others who are writing their Steve Jobs stories, I feel compelled to share mine.

I know I’m not the first or last to write about Steve’s passing, but that’s not important. I had a similar experience with my father—I couldn’t stop thinking about his passing and what his influence had been on me and my family, but I needed to process it a bit before I could formalize my thoughts. Some of my reflections are personal, and some of them have to do with our company.

By Bryan Hillebrandt | Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Meet the lynda.com monsters, and the monster maker Stefan Bucher

Stefan G. Bucher and the lynda.com wall of monsters.

Stefan G. Bucher and the lynda.com wall of monsters.

The first time I walked the halls of our headquarters in Carpinteria, I was pleasantly surprised to come in contact with a pack of lynda.com monsters.

The monsters are the work of the amazing Stefan G. Bucher, the genius behind dailymonster.com and 344 Design in Los Angeles. lynda.com co-founder Bruce Heavin originally suggested that Stefan create four monsters to adorn the walls of our headquarters, but Stefan got inspired and created 13 for Bruce to pick from.

According to Stefan, once Bruce saw the selection of monsters, he decided to use them all. The monsters are displayed on a prominent wall at the office and lucky lynda.com folks get to see them every day. As you can see from the photo, Stefan’s installation is pretty cool, too.

Stefan has decided to let the lynda.com monsters out into the wild and posted each of them on his dailymonster.com blog. Go check them out:

Monster 01 | Monster 04 | Monster 07 | Monster 10 | Monster 13Monster 02Monster 05 | Monster 08 | Monster 11Monster 03 | Monster 06 | Monster 09 | Monster 12

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 Bruce Heavin | Monday, January 31, 2011

Christopher Nolan receives the Modern Master Award at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival

The marquee at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival.

The marquee at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival highlighting the Modern Master Award ceremony sponsored by lynda.com.

On Sunday, lynda.com was the presenting sponsor of the Modern Master Award to Christopher Nolan at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival in honor of his body of work. Leonardo DiCaprio, who starred in Christopher’s latest film Inception, presented the award. Christopher talked, among other things, about his upcoming Batman and Superman film projects (both films will be release in 2012). We couldn’t be more proud to get behind such a remarkable event.

As Lynda mentioned in her earlier post, we will also be hosting recordings of the director’s, producer’s, women’s, and writer’s panel discussions online at lynda.com, too, like we did last year. What’s so remarkable about these panels is that we get to see how films are made from a variety of perspectives from some of the best in the business.

Here are just a few photos from the Modern Master Award event:

Christopher Nolan being interviewed at the Modern Master Award event.

Christopher Nolan being interviewed at the Modern Master Award event.

Leonardo DeCaprio talks about working with Christopher Nolan.

Leonardo DeCaprio talks about working with Christopher Nolan.

Christopher Nolan and Leonardo DiCaprio with the Modern Masters Award.

Christopher Nolan and Leonardo DeCaprio with the Modern Masters Award.

Lynda Weinman, Christopher Nolan, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Bruce Heavin.

Lynda Weinman, Christopher Nolan, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Bruce Heavin.

By Michael Ninness | Thursday, October 28, 2010

Bert Monroy reveals his latest digital masterpiece, Times Square

lynda.com author and digital painter Bert Monroy with his latest work.

Today, lynda.com author and digital painter Bert Monroy publicly revealed his latest (and massive!) digital painting entitled Times Square at the PhotoPlus Expo conference in New York.

Bert Monroy's Time Square

Bert Monroy's Time Square.

Bert has been working on this hyper-realistic illustration for four years, and says he’s not quite done with it yet. It is the largest image he’s ever created, and it definitely pushed the boundaries of the software and hardware he had available to use. Every element has been meticulously created from scratch using Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. The 5 foot by 25 foot image is filled with the likenesses of Bert’s family, friends and scores of luminaries from the imaging and creative industry—including our very own Lynda Weinman, Bruce Heavin, Deke McClelland, David Blatner, Chris Murphy, and Colleen Wheeler.

Standing next to John Loiacono of Adobe are our own Bruce Heavin and Lynda Weinman.

A 25-foot light box was constructed to display the piece that has been printed on a new material being introduced by Epson called DisplayTrans Backlight Media that Bert helped develop. If you are in New York, you can get up close and the incredible detail for yourself by visiting the Epson booth at PhotoPlus Expo being held at the Javits Convention Center through Saturday, October 30, 2010. Alternatively, you can pan and zoom in on an online version of the piece.

Some interesting facts:

• The image size is 60 inches by 300 inches. • The flattened file weighs in at 6.52 gigabytes. • The painting is composed of almost 3,000 individual Photoshop and Illustrator files. • Taking a cumulative total of all the files, the overall image contains over 500,000 layers.

We are thrilled to also let you know that Bert will begin production on a Making of Time Square video course later this month, which is likely to be published early next year. Until then, you can find out more about the incredibly talented Bert by watching the Creative Inspirations documentary we published on him earlier this year.

By Crystal McCullough | Thursday, October 14, 2010

iPad art: ‘New Friends’ by lynda.com co-founder Bruce Heavin

Long before he was our cofounder and Chief Creative Officer, Bruce Heavin was an acclaimed painter and illustrator. With his busy schedule, he’s found the iPad to be an ideal companion to be able to conveniently create on the fly, using his finger to paint in his trademark style. Thanks to the Brushes Viewer application, we’re able to share both the end result and show recordings of Bruce’s progress so that you watch how he put each together. Here’s the third, New Friends.

New Friends – © Bruce Heavin 2010, All Rights Reserved

If you’re new to the iPad as a creative tool, check out iPad Tips and Tricks with Christopher Breen to learn the basics of using the iPad, including using gestures and syncing and moving documents. Brushes Viewer is a free Mac OS X application used to record each of your brush strokes for replaying and exporting paintings as QuickTime movies. If you have videos posted showing your creations, please share the link with us in comments, below. And check out a couple of Bruce’s previous iPad creations, Monkey Sports Car and Sad Robot.

By Crystal McCullough | Wednesday, September 29, 2010

iPad art: Monkey Sports Car by lynda.com co-founder Bruce Heavin

Long before he was our cofounder and Chief Creative Officer, Bruce Heavin was an acclaimed painter and illustrator. With his busy schedule, he’s found the iPad to be an ideal companion to be able to conveniently create on the fly, using his finger to paint in his trademark style. Thanks to the Brushes Viewer application, we’re able to share both the end result and show recordings of Bruce’s progress so that you watch how he put each together. Here’s the first, Monkey Sports Car.

Monkey Sports Car - Bruce Heavin  All Rights Reserved

Monkey Sports Car – © Bruce Heavin 2010 All Rights Reserved

If you’re new to the iPad as a creative tool, check out iPad Tips and Tricks with Christopher Breen to learn the basics of using the iPad, including using gestures and syncing and moving documents. Brushes Viewer is a free Mac OS X application used to record each of your brush strokes for replaying and exporting paintings as QuickTime movies. If you have videos posted showing your creations, please share the link with us in comments, below.

By Crystal McCullough | Thursday, August 19, 2010

Bruce & Lynda share why they love working here

Our Human Resources department spearheaded a series of behind-the-scenes videos that talk about what it’s like to work at lynda.com, what inspires us, and what we enjoy most about the area in which our company is located.

In this first video, lynda.com founders Bruce Heavin and Lynda Weinman tell us why they love to come to work here every day. From enabling members to make the most of their abilities, to striving to give more to members than expected, to reinventing education and putting the joy and curiosity back into the experience of learning, Bruce and Lynda explain the challenges and joys of being a part of lynda.com.

If you are interested in working at lynda.com, see all of our current postings on our Careers page.

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