Archive for May, 2009

Wild about Harry

Published by | Friday, May 22nd, 2009

wildharryA noteworthy new Creative Inspirations video installment has been released today on the Online Training Library. Harry Marks is considered by many to be the godfather of broadcast design.

More than any other individual, he changed television by doing things with graphics that had never been attempted before. Not only did he pioneer the use of emerging imaging technologies, but he did so with style and reason. His pioneering work in the field of CGI (Computer-Generated Imagery) brought him into collaboration with many other industry pioneers, including Douglas Trumbull, Robert Abel, Carl Rosendahl (whose company evolved into DreamWorks Animation), and Dale
Herigstad
(who is also the subject of a different Creative Inspirations).

In the early ’80s, Harry had the idea of bringing together people who work in
the disparate fields of technology, entertainment, and design, so he
partnered with Richard Saul Wurman and the TED Conference was born. This
installment of Creative Inspirations takes viewers on a historic journey
through the extraordinary career of Harry Marks.

Lynda and Bruce are Entrepreneur of the Year Finalists

Published by | Wednesday, May 20th, 2009
Lynda Weinman and Bruce Heavin

Our very own Lynda Weinman and Bruce Heavin are finalists for the
Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2009 Award — photo by Bart Nagel

I know I speak for all of us at lynda.com: We’re mega proud of our founders, wife and husband team Lynda Weinman and Bruce Heavin, for being selected as finalists for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2009 Award in the Greater Los Angeles Area. The awards program recognizes entrepreneurs who demonstrate extraordinary success in the areas of innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Lynda and Bruce were selected as finalists from nearly 60 nominations by a panel of independent judges.

Keep your fingers crossed: Award winners will be announced on Tuesday, June 23.

Congratulations, Lynda and Bruce!

Guess who’s coming to dinner?

Published by | Monday, May 18th, 2009
Author dinner on Thursday, May 14th From left to right: Taz Tally, Lesa Snyder-King, Jay Nelson, Max Smith, Jan Kabili, Megan Anderson, Bruce Heavin

Author dinner on Thursday, May 14th From left to right: Taz Tally, Lesa Snider, Jay Nelson, Max Smith, Jan Kabili, Megan Andersen, Bruce Heavin

Taz is here recording Photoshop CS4: Color Correction, Lesa is recording internal movies for our staff related to iStockPhoto usage, Jay is  recording QuarkXpress 8 Essential Training, Max is our lead training producer and he’s making sure our authors are eating a well-produced meal, Jan is here for a staff meeting, but her next project is Photoshop CS4: Selections in Depth, Megan is relating in her Author Relations role at lynda.com, and Bruce is here for the good meal and conversation with me, who is not in the shot as I am behind the lens taking the photo. We have meals with authors all the time, and now that I am blogging I hope to document these occasions and let you know which authors are in town and what new courses they are cooking up.

lynda.com Joomla! training courses touted on Joomla.org

Published by | Monday, May 18th, 2009

Instructor Jen Kramer posted on her Faceboook page that Joomla.org had written about Joe Leblanc‘s and her titles on lynda.com. Read the overview on Joomla.org.

Dr. Taz Tally at lynda.com

Published by | Friday, May 15th, 2009

Taz Tally in the lynda.com recording space

Taz Tally in the lynda.com recording space as he waits for his movies to render!

My first memory of Taz is from the late 1990′s when I observed his blurry figure running up and down a giant escalator as fast as he could in the lobby of a hotel where a photography trade show was taking place. Years later, when he first came to record video classes at lynda.com in 2004, we invited him to our house for dinner. Bruce and I will never forget Taz showing up, covered in mud from a local hike he took after work, with a live caterpillar poking out of his curly hair! These two examples describe some of the many sides of Taz Tally. He’s a digital photography master, a fitness fanatic, sports a Ph.D. in geology, and  is a true mountain man who loves to hike and explore the wild.

Taz is currently recording a photography color correction course using Photoshop CS4. He pitched the idea to me of creating a fitness video sharing all the techniques he uses when traveling, working at his desk, or how to take advantage of every day situations and objects instead of gyms and cumbersome equipment. What do you think? Are we ready for fitness videos at lynda.com?

Grokking the Gravatar

Published by | Monday, May 11th, 2009

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I am usually the reassuring one; helping others get past the “feeling dumb” part, and into the mindset of being open to learning new things. Now that I’m officially a blogger (took me long enough, eh?) I wanted to learn how to make my picture show up next to my comments.

The process was a little uncomfortable, but it worked. I logged on to the free service at  http://en.engravitar.com and followed the directions. Gravatar stands for Globally Recognized Avatar. I used the same email address that I use when I post a comment to our blog. Magically, once I loaded my image there, it appeared in our blog next to my comments.

It’s weird to me that one disparate service can tie my email address to my picture off my hard drive to unrelated software that we use for blogging. We’ve apparently set up our WordPress software to acknowledge the gravatar image plugin. I hope you’ll comment on this post by uploading your pictures to gravatar and seeing the magic happen yourselves.  It’s easy, fun and a little weird. And it even makes a person who is feeling dumb feel a little more cheeky.

 

Flash 10 Player Course coming this summer…

Published by | Saturday, May 9th, 2009

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Lee Brimelow, a lynda.com author who has created courses in After Effects, Flash, and Expression Web, wrote to me out of the blue the other day and proposed a course on Flash Player 10.

When creating Flash movies, websites, or applications, it is important to know all the new features of the authoring tool. But it is just as important to know the capabilities of the latest version of the Flash player. Each new version of the player introduces support for the latest and greatest features, many which are not exposed in the authoring environment.

Flash Player 10 introduced a ton of new creative capabilities, from 3D, advanced Text effects, Pixel Bender (like filter effects you’d find in Photoshop, only over time), to new sound and drawing APIs. This course will explain how to tap into these new features to take your Flash work to the next level.

It’s been a few years since Lee contributed to the lynda.com Online Training Library; he’s been busy with his blogs, The Flash Blog, gotoandlearnFlashermag, and working as Platform Evangelist for Adobe Systems focusing on the Flash, Flex and AIR communities.

Needless to say, the course idea is approved in the queue to record soon. We’re honored to work again with Lee; he fits the profile perfectly as an author with true passion, deep knowledge, and he’s addicted to sharing!

Upcoming Creative Inspirations: Duarte Design

Published by | Friday, May 8th, 2009

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I was in Mountain View, California on Wednesday 5/6/09 at a lynda.com video shoot for an upcoming Creative Inspiration documentary profiling Duarte Design. Their space is so inspiring!

Good design in an office space really makes my heart sing. It was also inspiring to meet another female entrepreneur who started her business with her husband, has a family, created a book, does training, and has a company. It’s almost freaky! Nancy Duarte is the author of the beautiful book Slide:ology, and has built a business around creating compelling PowerPoint presentations.

I know a lot of people don’t put the words ‘PowerPoint’ and ‘compelling’ in the same sentence, but Duarte Design has a 65(!) person staff of artists and storytellers who transform the art of presentation. The lynda.com documentary will be completed by end of year; meanwhile head over to Nancy’s site and blog and check it out!!!