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By David Niles White | Thursday, March 04, 2010

The lynda.com story: Starting the business

After two years of extensive traveling to promote her books and teach classes, Bruce suggested to Lynda that they consider starting a school. Together they founded the Ojai Digital Arts Center, and promoted its services on lynda.com. An astonishing response to the class caused rapid growth in the school, which in turn inspired conferences and more web design and graphics books. The 2001 dotcom crash precipitated yet another revolutionary teaching methodology: Training on video. First on VHS, then on CD, then on the web.

We invite you to view the entire lynda.com story on lynda.com.

By Crystal McCullough | Thursday, January 21, 2010

Ten years ago at lynda.com

The lynda.com web site back in February 2000.

Do you remember what you were doing ten years ago?

Ten years ago at lynda.com, we released our new Learning Flash 4 series on three VHS tapes. That made a total of six courses in our store.

The latest discussions on the message board were about After Effects and Illustrator 9.

One of our more popular polls asked web designers what size browser they were designing for (43% said 800 x 600; 1% said Palm Pilot).

Our lab at the Ojai Digital Arts Center sported 20 400mhz iMacs and 10 PCs running Windows 98, with 16 GB and 6 GB hard drives, respectively.

lynda.com had just launched a job board to help companies fill the ever-growing need for web design professionals.

By Crystal McCullough | Thursday, October 29, 2009

Contribute to our history: How has lynda.com impacted your life?

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Top left: lynda.com circa 1996. Top right: lynda.com in 2000. The lynda.com logo first hit the site in late 1997. Lower left: lynda.com in 2005. Lower right: The web site for Lynda and Bruce's school, The Ojai Digital Arts Center, circa 1998.

The lynda.com URL is going on 15 years old, and we’ve been through a lot of iterations and adventures. We’re putting together a history section on lynda.com that documents our path from our humble beginnings to where we are today. Do you have a story about how lynda.com has impacted your life? Pictures of you with past books, classes with Lynda or Bruce, events, Flashforward, etc? Were you a member of Lynda’s early web designer mailing list? Send your stories and pictures to history@lynda.com if you want to share!

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