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  • view course page for Story and Character Development for Animation

    Learn the secrets of developing great characters and telling stories for animation. Animators Andrew Gordon and Nate Stanton recreate the story process for us.

    15m 4s
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  • view course page for Prime Studio Product Design

    Prime Studio Product Design

    with Stuart Harvey Lee

    Meet the designers of Prime Studio, a product and brand consultancy, and learn about the process behind their new line of collapsible home products, Squish, in this short film.

    14m 2s
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  • view course page for Bob Nicoll: Training The Creative Professional

    Bob Nicoll, artist, professional educator, and leader of training programs at Electronic Arts and Blizzard, talks about talent, job seeking, and ongoing education in the film and gaming industries.

    24m 48s
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  • view course page for Artists and Their Work: Conversations about Mograph, VFX, and Digital Art

  • view course page for Flight Club: Drones and the Dawn of Personal Aerial Imaging

  • view course page for Nathan Shedroff on Design Strategy and the Merging of Business and Design

  • view course page for Eddie Opara on His Influences, Design Process, and Joining Pentagram

  • view course page for Diane Domeyer on Standing out in the Creative Job Market

  • view course page for Allan Haley on the Evolution of Typeface Design

    Allan Haley of Monotype fame talks to Kristin Ellison about typography: how the evolution from metal-set to digital type has impacted interest in type, how the Fonts.com library was developed, why certain types endure, and more.

    1h 38m
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  • view course page for Marshall Arisman on Education, Finding Inspiration, and the Root of His Art

  • view course page for Debbie Millman on Branding, Design Matters, and Personal Work

    An exclusive interview with Debbie Millman, author, brand strategist, and educator. Learn about Debbie's approach to branding; her award-winning podcast, Design Matters; and the inspiration behind her books.

    1h 31m
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  • view course page for Sebastien Deguy: Allegorithmic Changing the Art of Games

  • view course page for Embracing Change: Chris Do and the Work of Blind

  • view course page for Jason Seiler: Digital and Traditional Painter

    Jason Seiler, artist and illustrator for Rolling Stone, Billboard, Time, the New Yorker, and more, talks about his influences and career path in this short documentary.

    51m 58s
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  • view course page for Conversations in Video Editing

    Ashley Kennedy chats with veteran video editors about their latest projects and their unique approaches to editing and storytelling with video.

    5h 13m
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  • view course page for Real-World Design: Live Presentations from Creative Leaders

  • view course page for Becci Manson, Retouching and Restoring

    Watch a profile of Becci Manson, professional retoucher for photographers such as Annie Leibovitz, who also organized volunteers to restore photographs damaged in the 2011 Tōhoku tsunami.

    13m 3s
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  • view course page for Hanson Hsu with Bobby Owsinski: Radically Rethinking Room Acoustics

  • view course page for Richard Gibbs with Bobby Owsinski: Rocking Clubs to Writing Scores

  • view course page for Al Schmitt with Bobby Owsinski: Wrapping Cables to Winning Grammys

  • view course page for Mike Hathorn: 3D Printing in the Classroom

    Find out how teacher Mike Hathorn is helping students transform from tech consumers to tech creators with a curriculum based on 3D modeling and printing.

    10m 18s
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  • view course page for LP/w Design Studio, Interior and Graphic Design

    Learn how husband-and-wife team Libby and Patrick Castro use their different disciplines—architecture and graphic design—to drive designs for clients at LP/w.

    12m 43s
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  • view course page for 100 Courses and Counting: David Rivers on Elearning

    Get an inside look at what goes into a lynda.com course. We interview David Rivers, author of 100+ lynda.com titles, about his course-creation process and his career as an elearning expert.

    8m 22s
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  • view course page for Aaron Draplin Takes On a Logo Design Challenge

    Aaron Draplin, owner of Draplin Design Co., takes our logo design challenge. Watch as he sketches, tests, and tunes his ideas, and provides tips on freelancing and finding inspiration.

    17m 10s
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  • view course page for David Lesperance, Digital Environment Design

    CG artist and environmental designer David Lesperance explains how he creates the rich, lifelike backdrops for popular games like World of Warcraft, Halo, Diablo, and StarCraft.

    11m 1s
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  • view course page for Evan Cheng, Character Designer

    Evan Cheng, character designer for Sesame Workshop, explains how a daily drawing practice and an alter ego helped him evolve his artwork and his career.

    9m 10s
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  • view course page for F2 Design: Letterpress Printing and Poster Design

    Watch Dirk Fowler, founder of F2 Design, design and print one of his evocative music posters, and explain the importance of making something by hand every day.

    10m 45s
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  • view course page for Women in STEM

    Women in STEM

    with Jess Stratton

    Find out what it takes to break into STEM. Meet three inspiring women with successful careers in science, technology, engineering, and math.

    13m 27s
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  • view course page for Project-Based Learning: STEM to STEAM

    Project-Based Learning: STEM to STEAM

    with Dos Pueblos Engineering Academy

    Find out why the Dos Pueblos Engineering Academy (DPEA) might be a model for a new kind of public education, via project-based learning in science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics (STEAM).

    2h 48m
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  • view course page for Visual Thinking Strategies

    Visual Thinking Strategies

    with Philip Yenawine

    Find out how Visual Thinking Strategies, the "look and think" teaching methodology, can help educators bridge the gap between teaching and learning in the classroom.

    21m 19s
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  • view course page for Jeffrey Zeldman: 20 years of Web Design and Community

    The influential web designer and founder of A List Apart talks about developing the web standards that shaped the Internet we know today, fostering community, and educating the next generation of designers.

    1h 18m
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  • view course page for Spaces and Places by Kevin Sloan Studio

    Landscape architect Kevin Sloan explains the design decisions and inspiration behind three of his groundbreaking landscaping and building projects.

    21m 15s
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  • view course page for Creative Insights: Lauren Bacon on Web Design

  • view course page for Urbanized

    Urbanized

    with Gary Hustwit

    Urbanized, a documentary about the design of cities, looks at the issues and strategies behind urban design and features some of the world's foremost architects, planners, policy makers, builders, and thinkers.

    2h 18m
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  • view course page for Objectified

    Objectified

    with Gary Hustwit

    In this acclaimed documentary from the maker of Helvetica, renowned designers such as Dieter Rams and Marc Newson talk about the significance of the objects we surround ourselves with, and the people who make them.

    2h 9m
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  • view course page for Super Fans: The Future of the Music Industry

    In this short film, Benji Rogers, founder of PledgeMusic, heads to SXSW to talk to music insiders about the ways artists can connect with super fans—the fans who want deeper relationships with their favorite musicians, and are willing to pay for it.

    15m 38s
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  • view course page for Helvetica

    Helvetica

    with Gary Hustwit

    An acclaimed documentary exploring typography, graphic design, and global visual culture through the history of a single typeface—now with an hour of online-exclusive bonus features.

    2h 54m
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  • view course page for Yo Santosa, Branding Expert

    Yo Santosa, Branding Expert

    with Yolanda Santosa

    Yo Santosa's design firm, Ferroconcrete, creates campaigns and branding for nationally and internationally recognized companies. See how they have evolved brands like Pinkberry, TNT, and TBS.

    24m 4s
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  • view course page for frog's FEMA Disaster Relief Innovation

    Find out how the design firm frog helped FEMA create a plan for a community-run disaster relief program in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

    24m 53s
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  • view course page for NAB 2014: A First Look at Panasonic's GH4

    Watch a demo of the 4K video-capable Panasonic GH4, straight from the showroom floor at NAB 2014, the world's largest digital media conference.

    13m 42s
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  • view course page for Creative Insights: Ayah Bdeir and littleBits

    Ayah Bdeir explains how she created littleBits, the toy designed to inspire the next generation of programmers and engineers, and how littleBits evolved into a full-fledged company.

    26m 59s
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  • view course page for Creative Spark: Grammar Girl, Changing Writing One Word at a Time

  • view course page for Motion Graphic Music Videos: The Work of Scott Pagano

  • view course page for Dan Roarty's Realistic 3D Portraits: Start to Finish

  • view course page for The Creative Spark: Between Two Worlds, The Hybrid Animation of Tiny Inventions

  • view course page for The Creative Spark: Alberto Scirocco and the Motion Graphics of leftchannel

  • view course page for The Creative Spark: Larry Crane, Recording Engineer and Music Producer

  • view course page for Creative Insights: Local Projects, Interactive Media Designers

  • view course page for Pop Chart Lab's Infographic Poster Design: Start to Finish

  • view course page for The Creative Spark: Tom Durham, Indie Filmmaker

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