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By Scott Erickson | Saturday, August 16, 2014

Photographing the Photographer: Douglas Kirkland

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Marilyn. Audrey. Elizabeth. Cher. Ringo. Leo. Last names aren’t required when you rattle off the people who’ve sat before Douglas Kirkland’s lens.

With a career spanning almost 60 years, he has photographed some of the most iconic figures of popular culture.

On today, his 80th birthday, I can’t help but think of the day Douglas sat in front of my camera, and of the simple panic-inducing question I asked myself:

How do you photograph one of your photographic heroes?

The answer is simple: Do as he does.

By Scott Erickson | Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Director's take: Introducing viewers to Beeple, Everyday Artist

Introducing Beeple

Remember the Star Destroyer blazing across the screen in the opening of Star Wars? Or Indiana Jones running from a giant rolling boulder in Raiders of the Lost Ark?

The opening moments of a film are crucial for capturing your viewers’ attention and getting them invested in your story from the start—especially on the Internet, where that “next thing” is just a click away. When planning our documentaries, we often put more time and resources into that opening scene than anything else.

As a director for the lynda.com Creative Spark documentary series, I’m lucky to profile designers, photographers, and other artists who have cool creative spaces or exciting creative processes and tools.

But Mike Winkelmann—better known online as Beeple—had none of those.

By David Niles White | Friday, September 23, 2011

Creative Inspirations bonus feature: Marian Bantjes, Graphic Artist

The recently released Marian Bantjes, Graphic Artist installment of our flagship documentary series, Creative Inspirations, had the documentary team racking up some serious mileage. We followed Marian to her one-woman show in Toronto, filmed her at her home on secluded Bowen Island (off the coast of Vancouver), and filmed segments in New York and Los Angeles. Marian is a delightful travel companion and always gave us her best whether the camera was on or off. This Creative Inspirations also features an original score written and produced by composer Reg Powell. We’re looking forward to a screening of the film at Phoenix Symphony Hall on October 14th as part of AIGA’s Pivot Conference. Marian will be in Phoenix and will be interviewed by design legend Michael Bierut after the screening—and of course, our cameras will be there.

The bonus feature release shows Marian’s presentation to a packed auditorium at the Ontario College of Art & Design in Toronto. She speaks extensively about her creative process, including why rest and relaxation plays an important part in generating new ideas.

By David Niles White | Friday, July 23, 2010

New Creative Inspirations documentary highlights the career of DEVO’s Mark Mothersbaugh

Put on your yellow hazmat suit, strap on your energy dome, and listen up, spuds!

OK, if the last sentence didn’t make any sense, then you missed being part of DEVO’s following. But it’s never too late.

Our latest Creative Inspirations documentary installment, Mark Mothersbaugh, Music Composer, tunes in to one of the founders of the alternative band DEVO. Mark is also a very talented music composer for film, television, and games. We hook up with Mark at Mutato Muzika, the round, bright green building on Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood, to talk about his life from the de-evolution days, to the 70 films he’s scored, to the new DEVO album—their first in over 20 years. Meet key members of the Mutato family that do everything from write orchestrations for 100-piece orchestras and manage the extensive collection of Mark’s art that is exhibited all over the world.

It’s a unique opportunity to go behind the scenes and meet one of Hollywood’s enduring artistic talents.

By David Niles White | Friday, July 02, 2010

New Creative Inspirations documentary features photographer Natalie Fobes

Award-winning photographer and author Natalie Fobes is the subject of lynda.com's latest Creative Inspirations documentary.

Interviewing in the middle of a spectacular old growth forest in the Olympic National Forest, our crew took a moment to appreciate what a privilege it is to bring the Natalie Fobes, Photographer documentary to lynda.com members. Natalie’s photographs take us from the (all too relevant) Exxon Valdez oil spill to the very personal moments of a bride’s special day.

We discovered that she is as special as her photographs. Natalie is always giving back, whether it’s through her work with the Blue Earth Alliance or teaching photographers how to make a living doing what they love—capturing unforgettable moments. The images in this installment are, in my opinion, some of the most striking our cameras have captured. It was just released today in the Online Training Library®. Enjoy!

By Crystal McCullough | Friday, June 25, 2010

From animation to presentations: (re)visit our Creative Inspirations documentaries

Watch (or rewatch) the very first Creative Inspirations documentary featuring tokidoki artist and designer Simone Legno.

Since January 2008, lynda.com has been publishing the Creative Inspirations series of documentaries about people and agencies that inspire us. With a current total of 20 of these documentaries in the Online Training Library®, it seems a fitting time to re-invite you to view these timeless and motivating behind-the-scenes visits with renowned creative agencies, artists, animators, photographers, musicians, performers, and illustrators. All are around an hour long, and are worth every minute. Let us know your favorite(s) and how they’ve inspired you. Enjoy!

Bert Monroy, Digital Painter and Illustrator Ze Frank, Comedic Digital Savant Kit Hinrichs, Graphic Designer New Deal Studios, Visual Effects Mexopolis, Animation Studio Trigger, Interactive Design Studio Renegade Animation, Animation Studio Duarte Design, Presentation Design Rick Smolan, Photographer Harry Marks, Broadcast Designer Dale Herigstad & Schematic, Interactive Design Agency Hot Studio, Experience Design Troika Design Group, Design and Branding Agency Jason Bentley, Radio DJ and Musician Ron Crabb, Digital Illustrator Margo Chase, Graphic Designer Big Spaceship, Digital Creative Agency Rick Morris, Motion Graphics Designer Douglas Kirkland, Photographer tokidoki, Character Illustrator

By David Niles White | Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Creative Inspirations features performance artist, humorist, composer, and speaker Ze Frank

If you’re not one of the millions who’ve seen Ze Frank’s How to Dance Properly, it’s time to finally take the plunge.

Ze Frank is one of the most creative and enigmatic people working in digital media. He’s also just plain funny. His work could arguably be among the most viewed and participated-in content ever created. He is known as a performance artist, humorist, composer, and speaker, including multiple appearances at the prestigious TED conferences. For millions of followers and fans who know him through his experiments in online interactivity, social media, and audience participation, this installment of Creative Inspirations reveals the man himself as he explains his unique point of view, his thought processes, and what spurs him on.

Ze sat down with us for three days of candid conversation. We touched on his ivy league education in neuroscience to his orchestrating a real-time, virtual game of Twitter Bingo for thousands of twitterers, and lots of stuff in between.

On a daily basis, Ze seeks to stretch the limits of social media, audience participation, and online experiences. He has boundless energy and I can’t figure out if he ever sleeps. Strap in, Sports Racers, and enjoy the ride.

By David Niles White | Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Creative Inspirations: Kit Hinrichs shares insights and wisdom

Kit Hinrichs is one of the most accomplished and respected graphic designers and illustrators of the last fifty years. A master of corporate communications and a consummate visual storyteller, he has been awarded the highest honor in his field: The AIGA Medal. Formerly a partner in the legendary design firm Pentagram, he is reinventing himself (again) with a new endeavor called Studio Hinrichs.

In the Kit Hinrichs: Creative Inspirations documentary, Kit shares highlights of recent projects, his renowned collection of American flags and American flag memorabilia, as well as the irrefutable wisdom of one who has stayed at the top of his game for five decades.

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