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By David Gassner | Monday, March 05, 2012

All about Branden Hall, interactive architect and digital maker

This week we celebrated the release of a new series entitled Branden Hall: Interactive Architect and Digital Maker. The series features an in-depth interview that lynda.com co-founder Lynda Weinman conducted with Branden last year, along with a tour of some of Branden’s most interesting work.

So who is Branden Hall, and why did we think it was important to talk with him?

     • Branden has been associated with lynda.com for a long time, having been a featured speaker at many of the early Flash Forward conferences. This photo is from the 2004 conference in San Francisco. Notice the exciting technological advance that Branden was describing: the transition from ActionScript 1 to ActionScript 2!

     • Branden has long been a thought leader in the use of digital technologies, including, and perhaps especially, Flash. Along with some other young developers and designers, he was responsible for exploring what Flash was able to do in its early years, beyond even what Macromedia originally envisioned.

     • Along with Joshua Davis, he was one of the guys who gave IBM’s Watson the animated “face” that “he” uses to celebrate “his” defeat of human Jeopardy! opponents. When Watson’s face moves and changes, it’s because of the team of programmers and designers who made it do that.

     • As the web has evolved, Branden’s work has evolved with it. His Endless Mural project shows how combining the web with new technologies like HTML5 can create crowd-sourced art collections that are available to all.

Over the years, Branden has led the way in showing how technologies like Flash and HTML5 can be used in innovative and exciting ways. In this mini-documentary, Branden gets to tell us a bit about how he comes to his ideas and how they’re realized. I could go on and tell you more, but this video series lets Branden tell you about it himself. We hope you enjoy it.


Interested in more?
• The full Branden Hall: Interactive Architect and Digital Maker segment
• All developer courses on lynda.com

Suggested courses to watch next:
Flash Professional CS5 Essential Training
Building Mobile Apps for Multiple Devices with Flash Professional
HTML5 First Look
HTML5: Messaging and Communications in Depth
Big Spaceship, Digital Creative Agency

By Jolie Miller | Wednesday, October 02, 2013

12 tips for your next job interview

12 tips for your next job interview

It’s said that luck favors the prepared. When it comes to job interviews, being well prepared is often what sets the best applicants apart from the rest. Here are 12 of my favorite job interview tips to make your next one go smoothly.

Before the job interview:

  1. When possible, know the names and faces of the team you’re interviewing with; consider researching them on the company’s website, or on LinkedIn. Identifying shared experiences and interests helps set the stage for an easy, casual conversation during the interview.

  2. Learn about the company’s products or services, and how they work. How does the company make money? How does it present itself by way of branding, marketing, and advertisement?

By Chelsea Adams | Tuesday, February 14, 2012

lynda.com welcomes a private interview with journalist Kathryn Schulz

This year lynda.com is the proud season sponsor of UCSB’s Arts & Lectures series, and we were privileged to have one of their lecturers, Kathryn Schulz, participate in a personal interview at our facility before her public appearance through the UCSB program.

Ms. Schulz is an award-winning journalist whose freelance magazine work has appeared in such publications as The New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, and The Nation. As an international journalist, Schulz has explored Japan, the Middle East, and both Central and South America, and was awarded a Pew Fellowship in International Journalism in 2004.

During her interview with lynda.com co-founder Lynda Weinman, Schulz discusses why humans are so obsessed with being right, the relationship between wrongness and the creative process, and what her goals were when she sat down to write her book, Being Wrong—Adventures in the Margin of Error.

For more information about Kathryn Schulz’s philosophy, or to purchase her book, please visit beingwrongbook.com.

Suggested courses to watch next:Ed Emberley, Children’s Book IllustratorRichard Koci Hernandez, Multimedia JournalistMark Mothersbaugh, Music ComposerBig Spaceship, Digital Creative AgencyTroika’s ABC Brand Campaign: Start to Finish

By Elinor Actipis | Sunday, February 05, 2012

Brian Lee White talks about NAMM 2012 and music industry trends

Brian Lee White chats with lynda.com

Brian Lee White chats with lynda.com

We recently held a live Q&A on Twitter with Oakland-based mixer, producer, and educator Brian Lee White (@brianleewhite). White is the author of several audio courses for lynda.com, most recently two Foundations of Audio courses: Compression and Dynamic Processing, and EQ and Filters. In this edited transcript, he shares his thoughts on NAMM 2012 and music industry trends.

lynda.com (@lyndadotcom): How many times have you been to NAMM? Why do you go?
Brian Lee White (@brianleewhite)
I’ve been going since ’95. In the ’90s, I used to go for my dad’s music store. Now I just go to network and see friends.

David Franz (@undergroundsun): What was the coolest piece of gear you saw at NAMM?
I am really stoked about the UA Apollo. I’m a long-time UAD user and really excited about the Thunderbolt technology.
Yeah, that definitely seemed to have the most buzz at the show. Super cool stuff.

Simon Allardice (@allardice): Anything (software, hardware, or company) you were hoping to see appear at NAMM that didn’t show?
Good question. The lack of noise about the next generation of Logic worries me a little. It’s been a while since a major release.

David: Do you use an iPad in your workflow? If so, which apps do you recommend?
I do. I use the Neyrinck apps to remotely control my Pro Tools rig, and I have a mic stand mount so I can reach it easily. I also use the GarageBand app on my iPad for song writing. It’s really fun.

David: Seems most iOS i/o devices use the power from the iPad/iPhone connector—possible power problems? Thoughts?
I’ve yet to see any kind of pass-through connector on the peripherals, but the battery on my iPad is really decent.
Yeah, the only ones I’ve seen that have separate power are from IK Multimedia—great gear and apps!

Simon: Any area (compressor? Guitar sim?) where software still has a long way to go before it reaches hardware quality?
I now mix entirely in the box; for me, we’ve arrived. The speed/efficiency of the workflow makes up for any subtle differences. But don’t get me wrong, hardware still has its uses. I would be hard pressed to work without speakers/mics/pres/etc.

David: What is your deserted-island piece of music gear?
I have everything in my laptop, a whole studio with instruments and effects…I can produce a song from start to finish.

lynda Audio (@lyndaaudio): There’s a lot of gloom & doom about the music industry. What do you see as a bright spot?
There are tons of small companies doing cool things with software and iOS. Web distribution lets them reach the right users.
lynda Audio:
Who specifically comes to mind?
Well, little outfits like Cytomic and Valhalla DSP make plug-ins that, for me, are best in class and a great value.

lynda.com: You just released a course on EQ/Filters. Why did you decide to tackle this topic?
In my course, I try to get away from the formulaic approach and teach people why and when to use EQ, not just how. EQ is one of the basic tools people think they mostly understand, yet often miss the big-picture thought process.

David: Get In the Mix is a new feature of your Foundations of Audio courses. Can you tell me how they work?
Get In the Mix interactive exercise files (or GITMs) are an entirely new way to learn how to use and “hear” how the tools are working, right inside your DAW. Here’s a more detailed explanation of how they work.

lynda.com: Any advice for those looking to break into the music industry?
Learn how to—and get used to—wearing many different hats. The old paradigm of getting hired at a studio is gone now.
Yes, we can all take our learning and careers into our own hands these days.

David: What are you working on now, music and mix-wise—if you can talk about it?
I’m not really at liberty to say right now, but be on the lookout for a major release in the next month or so.
That’s the way—preserve a little of the mystery!


Interested in more?
• All audio courses on lynda.com
• All courses from Brian Lee White on lynda.com
• All Logic Pro courses on lynda.com
• All Pro Tools courses on lynda.com

Suggested courses to watch next:
Audio for Film and Video with Pro Tools 9
Foundations of Audio: Compression and Dynamic Processing [with Get in the Mix exercise files]
• Audio Mixing Bootcamp
Digital Audio Principles
Pro Tools 10 Essential Training

By Lynda Weinman | Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Lynda interviews poet and scholar Noah benShea

When I first heard Noah benShea speak at our locally organized TEDx in Santa Barbara, I didn’t meet him in person. Rather, he was projected on the large screen, captured in a series of thought-provoking video monologues that worked as interstitials between the live conference sessions:

Most of the attendees and I found these videos riveting, so I was happy to meet Noah in person many months later. He agreed to come in to our studios for an interview. I recommend you check out the TEDx video first, and then if you enjoyed them, watch our interview to get to know a bit about the man behind the poetry.

By Megan O. Read | Sunday, May 24, 2009

lynda.com author newsworthiness


Hi, I’m Megan, the Author Relations Manager here at lynda.com. From time to time, I’ll be sharing author news, interviews, and articles that our awesome authors have contributed to. Here’s the first batch of goodies!

Jen Kramer McKibben, author of “Joomla! Advanced CSS” and “Joomla! Creating and Editing Custom Templates”, is highlighted as a Joomla! instructor and community leader who does it all! Check it out here:


The Joomla! Community Portal recognizes the recent Joe LeBlanc and Jen Kramer McKibben courses on lynda.com:


Below is a really interesting interview with Maria Langer, author of “Twitter Essential Training”, “WordPress.com 2.7 Essential Training”, “Self-Hosting a WordPress Site”, and “WordPress2.5 Essential Training” who discusses the Twitter experience, and suggests ways to not become annoying online! Ha Awesome!


Derrick Story, (author of MANY iPhoto & other digital photography courses) interviews printing professional Joseph Stefanchik on his site the Digital Story, and gets some cool insight on making really cool prints!


Hope you enjoy!!


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