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By Mary Jane Begin | Thursday, May 14, 2015

How Shapes Affect Your Design

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A Rorschach test asks what people “see” when they look at a series of inkblots—then uses psychology to understand their individual perceptions.

As human beings, we read shapes in a highly personal way—but shapes can have a strangely universal affect on viewers, too.

Our instinctive response to both shape and color creates an immediate “read” of the message. As visual communicators, we need to pay attention to shapes in every composition to be sure the message we intend is the one that viewers receive.

How can we know for sure that our designs are … well, in good shape? Follow this advice.

By Mary Jane Begin | Sunday, April 5, 2015

Meet Our Doyenne of Design: Mary Jane Begin

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A professor at the Rhode Island School of Design for over 20 years, Mary Jane Begin is an award-winning illustrator and author known especially for her children’s picture books. She also works with advertising for Hasbro and Disney.

Here, Mary Jane talks about her newest course, Elements of Composition for Illustrators, tells us the most surprising feedback she’s heard from a lynda.com member—and shares what she learned from an 80-year-old in sensible shoes.

By Rose Meza | Saturday, July 12, 2014

Building Sets — On the Fly, and on Budget

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Do you ever notice the backgrounds in our live-action courses at lynda.com? Building sets is part of our production process. Our stellar team works with directors, producers, and builders to plan and assemble eye-catching sets in our soundproof, well-lit studios. But when the sandwich shop next door to our studios closed, leaving the space vacant for a few months, we saw an opportunity to create a new stage and build a fun new set in that space.

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