Our very own Lynda Weinman will be interviewed live on the radio this afternoon at 4:30 p.m. PST. If you are in Ventura County, listen in at KKZZ AM 1400.
For everyone else, catch the live stream on am1400coach.com. No matter where you’re listening, don’t hesitate to call (805) 639-0008 or email questions to email@example.com for Lynda before and during the show.
When he first created it, Lynda initially thought Bruce’s illustration for the lynda.com logo made her look like Mary See, the elderly lady who graces every box from the well-known West coast confectioner, See’s Candy. Bruce sought to embody the company’s essence in his hand-drawn logo design: Education, instruction, and learning. Has Lynda come to love it?
In this segment of the lynda.com story, Lynda shares some of the tenets she and Bruce use to guide the company: Love what you do, put customers first, quality above all, create indisputable value, treat everyone with dignity, always strive to be better, and many others. She and Bruce also disclose some of the stumbling blocks they’ve faced that have taught them valuable business lessons, from being unfocused, waiting to bring in professional management, and lack of budgets and limits.
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.
Lynda talks about how her personal learning experiences formed the foundation of her unique teaching style. She became both a sought-after instructor to corporate clients such as Apple and Microsoft, and a contributor to major publications. While a faculty member at Art Center in Pasadena, CA, Lynda not only met her future husband and business partner Bruce, she also registered the domain name lynda.com and used it as her sandbox for learning and teaching web design and for showcasing her students’ work.
Take a seat in the Brooks Institute auditorium with the Santa Barbara chapter of AIGA and enjoy watching Bruce Heavin and Lynda Weinman as they present the history of lynda.com to an audience for the first time. The lynda.com co-founders share stories of how their careers, relationship, and company started and evolved, and how their vision and high standards have brought together a team insistent on excellence. This is an engaging, fascinating inside look into the heart and soul of a recognized leader in software training.
We’ll be posting a few segments of that night’s recordings here on the blog, starting with Lynda sharing some early memories and educational experiences. We invite you to view the entire lynda.com story on lynda.com.
In this video, Lynda opens her heart and shares her earliest recollections: Her childhood, how she discovered an alternative path to education and put herself through school, and how she developed a work ethic that shaped her personal direction and ultimately, the direction of lynda.com.
This week at lynda.com was wall-to-wall authors! In the booths we had authors recording training on Photoshop, Cinema 4D, Mac OSX Server, audio apps, Dreamweaver, and digital photography. Quite a mix! It’s a great group with some familiar faces, and talented new faces as well. To unwind from recording, and celebrate these inspiring authors, all went out on Wednesday night with Ms. Lynda.
From left to right: author G.W. Childs, acquisitions manager Joe Randeen, author James Williamson, author relations manager (your's truly) Megan Read, producer Tom Mueller and wife Sally, author Sean Colins, producers Nick Brazzi, Kirk Werner, Max Smith, Senior Director of Education and Content Planning Laurie Burruss, author Ian Robinson, author Chris Orwig, co-owner Lynda Weinman, and author Deke McClelland.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to share!