Disclaimer: I don’t work for Lynda.com, I’m not in any affiliate program, I’m just a customer. But I’m impressed. I was introduced through a course in college and have been using it ever since.
Being like most of you, I’ve been very excited about the release of CS5. I wasn’t able to attend the “Launch Party” though and went looking to see if my favorite training site had anything for me. They did!
Right off the bat they had training videos that introduced, in detail, live in the new apps, all of the new features. For example, there was a set of training videos on Illustrator CS5’s new features that contained almost two hours of content.
These videos were done by the professional trainers that they use for the standard training and so these are guys or gals that already know there stuff and now know the new stuff too!
Today, with the release of CS5, the training library was immediately updated with a great list of training videos on the new CS5 applications.
Even if you aren’t a member of Lynda.com you can watch a small portion of each training video to see if you’d be interested in signing up. I’ve gone through several training programs and have learn a huge amount in a very short time, including the types of “insider” tricks and options that you think will take you years to figure out or can’t even imagine might be available.
Bottom line, I highly recommend Lynda.com, at least check it out to see if it’s something you’d like.
Here’s the list of available courses for CS5 as of today:
Posted: 29th April 2010 by Lori in Resources, Textures
Tags: 25, grunge, Resources, Textures
My boy, Caleb, over at Lost and Taken creates sex, shadow, light, ambiance, craving, desire, ….all with abstract textures. They are quite the lookers these textures are. I encourage you to pop on over there and them while they are hot and ready…..
Free High Resolution Textures – Lost and Taken – 25 Subtle and Light Grunge Textures.
Posted: 28th April 2010 by Lori in Uncategorized
I’ve been working on a personal logo for a few days now and I’ve come up with a basic concept that I really like. I’ve done several versions of it, and in three different colors. I’m looking for any and all feedback, critique, opinion, etc. Don’t worry about being gentile, I can take it. This is my first attempt ever at anything like this, so I know I have lots to learn and a long way to go.
About me (so you know why I made some of the choices I did). I’m an artists, I am a potter, sculptor, and mixed media artist, and I’m also trying to learn design and illustration. I selected a spiral as the basis for my design for several reasons: Potters Wheel goes round and round , I use a lot of spirals in my work, the Fibonacci sequence is one of my favorite things. I decided to use multiples to represent the concept that my art has a basis in many circles, and I prefer not to be boxed in or confined to one media – but they are all interconnected. I selected the three color choices because, well, they’re my favorite colors – with chartreuse being in the lead:) I tried to keep the design fairly loose to represent both the type of work that I do (I work mostly spontaneously and loose) and what my friends tell me is a somewhat crazy and quirky personality.
Ok, if you think there are other things I need to consider besides the above, I’m totally in need of all the help I can get! So please, comment away and let me know what you think. Also, please be sure and click on the image to see it full size, it’s getting a little smooshed in the preview.
What a cool little toy this site is. It lets you pick a pattern, then change the repeat and color scheme to your hearts delight and then download the custom, repeatable pattern you create. Simple, easy, free, useful.
PatternCooler | Cool Seamless Background Pattern Designs .
Here’s a great list of patterns and places to get them over at Iniwoo. Big big list, the number 50 is really a misnomer, as the list is a lot bigger than that – thanks to Radical for putting this together.
50+ Beautiful Patterns & Useful Tools for Web Designers.
I found this post while I was searching for information on how to improve my blog and learn more about design in the process. The site itself has a lot of nice, short and sweet articles on blogging as well as a variety of other topics that you might find interesting. I hope you enjoy it, while I continue to search for ways to make DesigNumbers a better blog and more useful resource for myself and anyone who might enjoy reading it.
» The ultimate list of really amazing design related lists – Kumail.H.T`s Blog.
Posted: 19th April 2010 by admin in Design, Manic Monday, Productivity, Resources, Tutorials, Web Design
Tags: beginner, Design, Education, Manic Monday, self-improvement, Tutorials, Web Design
What a most excellent post! Kirsti at Vandelay Design has put together an incredibly extensive post on resources for beginners who want to learn web design (i.e. = Me!).
This post contains a huge list of resources for learning everything from general web design to the places you should go to learn specific topics from HTML, CSS, Typography to Accessibility, using Colors, white space, prototyping and so much more.
This post is exactly what I was looking for, but have spent hours doing it the hard way. 5 stars!!!
Learn Web Design: Educational Resources for Beginners | Vandelay Design Blog.
I can definitely recommend Lynda.com if you like watching video tutorials. I have a premium membership and am working my way through a huge host of subjects. I can be a bit pricey if you aren’t ready to drop a few hundred bucks, but then again, if you buy a years membership and use it consistently it can actually save you considerable cash on books, continuing education, and searching for tuts that cover just the topic you are looking for.
Posted: 14th April 2010 by admin in Resources, Vectors
Tags: Resources, Vectors
Wow, I think winter might actually be over. I’m here in Georgia where we say, if you don’t like the weather just wait a minute…and boy it’s really been like that lately, it’s snowed more in the last 6 weeks than it had in the previous 6 years…so, the snow is over, but the snowflakes can still fall where you are with this free set of vector snowflakes from Pattern Head.
Free Vector Snowflakes | Patternhead.
Posted: 14th April 2010 by admin in Resources, Textures
Tags: Resources, Textures
When I was young (much younger, and yes, younger than those of you born after 1980 who are starting to think you are old but have no idea what you’re talking about), smoking was considered cool, sexy, the thing to do…they did it on TV, they advertised it in teen magazines and everyone did it. Now, not so much, but you can still get that hint of nastalgia in your images with this cool pack of wisps found at MediaMilitia.
Wisps Pack – 10 Free Images « Media Militia.
Notice that this is 50 brush SETS, which adds up to a whole heck of a lot of brushes. Some of these are really cheeky and take me to the wayyyy back machine. Thanks to Six Revisions.
50 Free Photoshop Brush Sets for Modern Design Trends.