If you are in the Santa Barbara area, join us on Sunday February 13, 2010 at the Granada Theater to attend an interview with Lynda Weinman and Matthew Weiner, creator of the hit TV show Mad Men. Since its debut in 2007, Mad Men has not only reinvigorated 1960’s retro with its uncanny historical accuracy and flawless visual style, but has also garnered three consecutive Emmy Awards for Outstanding Drama Series, three Golden Globe Awards for Best Television Drama Series, and a myriad of other honors. Culture-watchers love its complex storylines that reveal American life on the cusp of enormous social change. Strike a pose for our fashion photographers and show off your glamorous 1950s -1960s cocktail attire, and enjoy a dynamic discussion with one of the maddest men in television.
The Santa Barbara Middle School (SBMS) Teen Press visited our offices, and did a great job interviewing Lynda and Bruce recently about what inspires them, why they sponsor the festival, their history, and more. Watch the entire series:
On Wednesday, November 10 at 12pm PST/3pm EST, Lynda will be sharing her thoughts and ideas about the co-founding of lynda.com, her life, and her passion to share the love of learning. This webinar, hosted by the New Media Consortium (NMC) will be a special opportunity to hear from Lynda and her view on how our company has made a difference in so many people’s lives.
lynda.com author and digital painter Bert Monroy with his latest work.
Today, lynda.com author and digital painter Bert Monroy publicly revealed his latest (and massive!) digital painting entitled Times Square at the PhotoPlus Expo conference in New York.
Bert Monroy's Time Square.
Bert has been working on this hyper-realistic illustration for four years, and says he’s not quite done with it yet. It is the largest image he’s ever created, and it definitely pushed the boundaries of the software and hardware he had available to use. Every element has been meticulously created from scratch using Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. The 5 foot by 25 foot image is filled with the likenesses of Bert’s family, friends and scores of luminaries from the imaging and creative industry—including our very own Lynda Weinman, Bruce Heavin, Deke McClelland, David Blatner, Chris Murphy, and Colleen Wheeler.
Standing next to John Loiacono of Adobe are our own Bruce Heavin and Lynda Weinman.
A 25-foot light box was constructed to display the piece that has been printed on a new material being introduced by Epson called DisplayTrans Backlight Media that Bert helped develop. If you are in New York, you can get up close and the incredible detail for yourself by visiting the Epson booth at PhotoPlus Expo being held at the Javits Convention Center through Saturday, October 30, 2010. Alternatively, you can pan and zoom in on an online version of the piece.
Some interesting facts:
• The image size is 60 inches by 300 inches.
• The flattened file weighs in at 6.52 gigabytes.
• The painting is composed of almost 3,000 individual Photoshop and Illustrator files.
• Taking a cumulative total of all the files, the overall image contains over 500,000 layers.
We are thrilled to also let you know that Bert will begin production on a Making of Time Square video course later this month, which is likely to be published early next year. Until then, you can find out more about the incredibly talented Bert by watching the Creative Inspirations documentary we published on him earlier this year.
Our Human Resources department spearheaded a series of behind-the-scenes videos that talk about what it’s like to work at lynda.com, what inspires us, and what we enjoy most about the area in which our company is located.
In this first video, lynda.com founders Bruce Heavin and Lynda Weinman tell us why they love to come to work here every day. From enabling members to make the most of their abilities, to striving to give more to members than expected, to reinventing education and putting the joy and curiosity back into the experience of learning, Bruce and Lynda explain the challenges and joys of being a part of lynda.com.
From left to right: Joanne Funari (Business First Bank and Co-Chair of the Steering Committee for the South Coast Business & Technology Awards ), Jeff Carmody (Agility Capital LLC and Co-Chair of the Steering Committee for the South Coast Business & Technology Awards ), Lynda Weinman (lynda.com), Dr. Harry Brown (SEE International), Mike Sheldon (Network Hardware Resale).
On June 3, our founder Lynda Weinman was honored as 2010 Entrepreneur of the Year by the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara, an organization that provides scholarships to local students studying business or technology. Honorees are selected in the fields of business and technology with awards for excellence in leadership, service, entrepreneurship, and innovation. Here is Lynda’s acceptance speech given at the awards event.
Thank you so much for this honor. While I know it is an individual honor, there is no possible way that I could have built lynda.com to the scale of today without the help of others. I want to first thank my husband/partner Bruce Heavin, who convinced me, much against my comfort zone, to increase the reach of lynda.com beyond my own books and classes and start a school. When I started the website it was just me, creating training mostly on graphics and web design topics. Today we have almost 300 instructors who contribute to our online library of classes, and there is no possible way that as an individual teacher, I could possibly cover the range of topics and software that they collectively have achieved.
There is a big group – over 20 of us from lynda.com – here to celebrate tonight, and I want to thank you all for being part of this vision and making lynda.com such a wonderful and collaborative place to work.
Today’s world consists of digital immigrants and digital natives (terms coined by learning designer Marc Prensky). The natives are those who have been born to the computer age, and the immigrants are like me, who were in their 20s or older before the personal computer was even invented. When I first taught myself computer skills in 1980, there were no books or videos, only incomprehensible manuals written by engineers. I discovered that I had a freak talent to understand their almost indecipherable technobabble and figure out how to use software on my own. As I started to show off what I could do, others asked me how I did it, and that spawned my career as a computer skills teacher 30 years ago!
Today, lynda.com teaches computer skills to hundreds of thousands of members worldwide. We are in the age where a single teacher can build a business that has customers in every country and from every walk of life. The Internet has changed many things – it’s changed the way we shop, the way we get information, the way we get entertainment, and the way we get education. lynda.com is part of this change. While most schools are experiencing record drop-out rates, diminishing budgets, and cuts in every direction, we have a growing and thriving membership of people who continually tell us that they love what we do, that they want to learn, and that they love to learn. They have the choice to learn when and what they want, from any location – and with our new free iPhone app, even on their phones! We are able to charge far less than a text book or a college class, and reach more people than most colleges in the world. Last year we had over 24 million visitors to our learning website.
It is an honor and a privilege to be running a successful business during the worst economic crisis of our lifetime, and we have gotten here because we have made something that people want and need, and it’s our joy and passion to help them. We work incredibly hard to create close to 100 hours of videos every month on as many subjects as we can afford to publish. We are always pushing ourselves to be better and scaling very quickly, all of which is very stressful—and rewarding. I want to take a moment to pat myself and our team on the back with this award. Then I want to wake up tomorrow to make more great training and continue to push the bar upward.
Watch Bruce Heavin’s video of the award presentation:
Bruce distills his core beliefs into ten inspiring thoughts that he shares with a riveted Santa Barbara AIGA audience. A sample: #7 – Do what you love, and do it really, really, really well. These philosophies are at the center of why lynda.com is a special place to learn, work, and grow.
Lynda's photo by Chris Orwig. Used with permission. www.chrisorwig.com
I recently ran across an article that listed 11 famous people who were in what they defined as their “wrong” job at the age of 30. The household names listed had simply not found their calling yet, or, had tried to make it, but gave up to do something else before stumbling back into their eventual fields. The celebrities listed (people like Andrea Bocelli, Sylvester Stallone, Martha Stewart, Julia Childs) all ended up in the careers that made them famous after the age of 30.
One of the reasons I love working at lynda.com is Lynda Weinman, who is always encouraging others to try new things, make mistakes, and learn from experiences. Like the 11 celebs I read about, Lynda didn’t find her true calling until she was in her 30s. You can hear more about her personal and business history in The lynda.com Story.
I couldn’t think of a better time to share the commencement speech that Lynda wrote and presented at the Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara, CA last March. It seems fitting to post this on Ada Lovelace Day, a day that honors women in technology by blogging about them. I hope it inspires and encourages you to try new things, and keep striving to find your calling.