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By Garrick Chow | Monday, June 23, 2014

Consider the Dingbat

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Most people have dozens if not hundreds of fonts installed on their computers in the form of serif, sans-serif, mono-spaced, and script fonts. But an often overlooked font type is the dingbat font.

On the computer you’re using right now, especially if you have a version of Microsoft Office installed, you probably have at least a handful of dingbat fonts available, such Webdings, Wingdings, or Zapf Dingbats.

Unlike other types of fonts, which are collections of letters, special characters, and punctuation marks, dingbat fonts are collections of unique non-letter ornaments, symbols, or shapes. You’ve most likely checked out the dingbat fonts while trying to format a document, only to quickly dismiss them when you found there were no letters in those fonts.

By Lauren Harmon | Thursday, October 10, 2013

Easy figure numbering with paragraph styles: InDesign Secrets

Easy figure numbering with paragraph styles.

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When you’re getting to the final stages in a long layout and find you need to add or remove a numbered figure or illustration, the prospect of renumbering them all can be very disheartening. But InDesign’s paragraph styles can make figure numbering a breeze. Learn how to create a figure style that auto-numbers your captions by following along with David Blatner in today’s free InDesign tutorial video. David also shows you how to cross-reference the number in the text, and update the figure number and text reference when you need to reorder your illustrations.

By Kristin Ellison | Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Creating a great design: No image, no problem!

No image? No problem!

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What do you do when you’re faced with creating a great design—but have no images to bring variation and interest to the piece? John McWade’s answer to this common challenge is to use more white space, also known as negative space. This is the portion of a page left unmarked, such as margins, gutters, and space between columns, lines of type, and graphics. It may sound like a simplistic solution, but it’s a great way to make your design more dynamic, and attract your viewer’s attention.

By James Fritz | Monday, February 27, 2012

Meet the new content manager for Design, James Fritz

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As the new content manager for Design, I would like to say hello to all of our members!

I began my relationship with lynda.com many years ago as a member. With an appreciation for  learning as much as possible, my lynda.com membership helped me gain the skills that I needed to succeed in my career as a designer. Over time I became an Adobe Certified Instructor, and eventually an author at lynda.com. If you are interested in learning more about me, please check out my lynda.com courses, or you can follow me @jamesfritz on Twitter where I post design-related tips, news, and inspiration.

Here at lynda.com my job is to help envision future course development for the design segment, and work with authors to produce the best content that we can for you, the members. While we have lots of great things planned for 2012, I would love to hear what you would like to learn next.

In the comments below, please let me know if there are any techniques, technologies, or concepts related to design that you would like to see at lynda.com.

Thank you and I look forward to hearing your suggestions.

Interested in more? • Courses by James Fritz on lynda.com • All Design courses on lynda.com

Suggested courses to watch next:• Muse Beta Preview• InDesign CS5.5 New FeaturesInDesign CS5: Interactive Documents and Presentations• Design Projects: Restaurant MenuPhotoshop for Designers: Color

By David Niles White | Sunday, May 23, 2010

lynda.com presents: AIGA

Last fall, we pulled out our tuxedos and followed Lynda to New York City for AIGA’s Design Legends Gala at the Waldorf-Astoria. Before the big event, we donned our running shoes and cameras to tag along with Lynda as she explored the organization, its mission, and some of its most influential members.

Our trek took us from AIGA’s National Design Center on Fifth Avenue, over to the School of Visual Arts and on to Sterling Brands, located in the Empire State Building, home to AIGA President Debbie Millman.

Lynda also had the opportunity to meet with all three of this year’s recipients of the AIGA Medal: Pablo Ferro, Carin Goldberg and Doyald Young. I found it pretty amazing being in the room with these legends—and our cameras were there. The result is our latest documentary, lynda.com presents: AIGA. Let us know what you think.

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