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Learning Type Design

Lynda.com - Tue, 06/06/2017 - 20:00
If you want to become a good type designer, diving into the study of type is beneficial. It's important to know what makes a good face, how details are used to define a family, and how to edit your designs so that they look well balanced and consistent, not off-kilter. In this course, join Charles Nix as he sets you on the right path with best practices and details on how to achieve a cohesive collection of letters. He helps you understand exactly what makes a typeface great, explores tools, methods, and materials, shows how to draw the basic glyphs, and explains how to produce a functioning font.

Introduction to CSS

Lynda.com - Tue, 06/06/2017 - 20:00
Once you have learned the basics of HTML, it's time to start exploring Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), the language that makes HTML look great in the browser. This course gives you a tour of the possibilities, showing what CSS is capable of doing and the basics you need to make it work for you. Join Carrie Dils as she explains what CSS is and how it works with HTML, discusses authoring options, and covers common CSS concepts such as the CSS box model and how to work with fonts and color. Plus, she demonstrates how to structure a page with CSS, maintain CSS with version control, work with media queries, and more.

Google Cloud Spanner First Look

Lynda.com - Tue, 06/06/2017 - 20:00
The release of Google Cloud Spanner provides a new level of choice in commercial, cloud-managed, relational databases. In addition to being globally distributed, Cloud Spanner is horizontally scalable, transactionally consistent, and SQL (ANSI 2011) compatible. The internal Spanner—used by Google for years—includes built-in synchronous data replication and node redundancy for 99.999% uptime. This course covers how to start using Cloud Spanner for operational database workloads by efficiently loading and querying relational data. It also covers modeling tables and indexes for best performance in Cloud Spanner. Prior to watching this course, you should have an understanding of SQL queries and RDBMS concepts. (Author: Lynn Langit)

Learning Aerial Photography with Drones

Lynda.com - Tue, 06/06/2017 - 20:00
Add a new perspective to your photography by taking to the skies to capture striking aerial images. In this course, Richard Harrington and Francis Torres explain how to use a quadcopter, drone, or UAS to take aerial photographs and panoramas. They cover preflight best practices, location scouting techniques, and shooting strategies for both single-image stills and multi-image panoramas. Plus, they demonstrate post processing techniques for aerial images in Lightroom, Photoshop, and PTGui. With these techniques in your toolkit, you'll be able to create beautiful artwork for your office, capture a remodel or construction project, or shoot dramatic natural vistas from a bird's eye view.

3ds Max: Substance to V-Ray

Lynda.com - Tue, 06/06/2017 - 20:00
Discover how to leverage the substance-based toolset from Allegorithmic with V-Ray in 3ds Max. In this course, explore the various workflow requirements and options that are available when using the Substance Designer, Substance Painter, and Bitmap2Material applications with 3ds Max and V-Ray. Brian Bradley explains what substance-based tools are, and how to use them with the 3ds Max application. He also demonstrates how to create materials from photographic assets, how to work with substances and maps from Substance Designer, and how to export maps from Substance Painter.

Sketch Essential Training: The Basics

Lynda.com - Tue, 06/06/2017 - 20:00
Sketch is one of the most popular UX design tools around. This training course can help designers of all skill levels be productive with its focused, comprehensive vector graphics workflow. Follow along with Chris Converse and learn the ins and outs of the Sketch interface, and how to design modern user experiences with Sketch, starting with document and project setup. Chris shows how to share styles across text and objects, draw vector artwork, and finally, export your work for developers or project teams to integrate further. By the end of the course, you'll be able to use artboards, text and object styles, and drawing and export tools to create high-definition PNGs, JPEGs, and PDFs.

Camtasia Advanced Techniques: Video-Based Training

Lynda.com - Mon, 06/05/2017 - 20:00
Learn how to do more with less by using your smartphone to create instructional videos in Camtasia. In this course, join Corbin Anderson as he shows how to use your smartphone, Camtasia, and a few simple accessories to create a high-quality video-based training. Throughout the course, Corbin explores the best practices for creating a video-based training that's engaging, well-produced, and effective. As he deconstructs a short, live-action instructional video, he explains how to shoot video with your phone, record audio using a wired lavalier, sync multiple media sources, make detailed audio adjustments, and more.

VR Motion Graphics with Unreal Engine

Lynda.com - Mon, 06/05/2017 - 20:00
Discover how to leverage Unreal Engine to create immersive virtual reality experiences. In this course, learn how to build a real-time motion graphics-style scene in Unreal Engine for deployment on VR headsets. To begin, Scott Pagano covers the proper exporting process out of Maya and importing process into Unreal. Then he moves on to the nuts and bolts of the course—constructing a series of blueprints that provide all the interactivity and logic needed to make your scene work in VR. Scott covers scene building for HTC VIVE and Samsung Gear VR, as well as VR deployment on Android phones. You'll leave this course with valuable skills that can help you dive into building content for the immersive future.

ZBrush: Tips & Tricks

Lynda.com - Mon, 06/05/2017 - 20:00
Are you ready to take your ZBrush-ing to the next level? In this weekly series, ZBrush artist Ryan Kittleson shares his personal approach on how to make ZBrush work for you. Ryan demonstrates how to set hot keys so that ZBrush operates more like your other favorite software. He shows you how to customize the interface, so that the features you use the most are placed front and center, and how optimize the setup of a custom scene to achieve maximum workflow efficiency. He demonstrates how to create macros to simplify complex and repetitive tasks into single-click solutions. This series is designed to help you go from spending time fussing with software to having more time to make great, new things with ZBrush!

Strategies for Successful UX Freelancers

Lynda.com - Mon, 06/05/2017 - 20:00
How can you be a successful UX freelancer? This course provides guidance to both experienced freelancers and those who have recently entered the world of freelancing, helping you to scale up your projects and clients. Cory Lebson explains what critical skills can enhance your workflow and help make you more successful. He discusses how to manage your workload, keep your pipeline full, and reliably produce high-quality deliverables as you effectively work with stakeholders and extended teams.

Freelancing and Consulting in User Experience

Lynda.com - Mon, 06/05/2017 - 20:00
Freelancing provides you with the freedom to choose your clients and UX projects, and—as you enjoy this increased flexibility—it can potentially help you increase your earnings as well. In this course, join Cory Lebson as he takes you through the ins and outs of becoming a successful user experience freelancer. He provides a brief introduction to life as a UX freelancer, and shares tips and tricks for maintaining a successful independent UX career.

Construction Management: Concrete Construction

Lynda.com - Mon, 06/05/2017 - 20:00
Whether you're new to the construction industry or a seasoned veteran looking to expand your skillset, learning more about concrete—a material that's found in virtually every construction project—will increase your value as a construction professional. In this course, join Jim Rogers as he explains how to work with concrete in today's construction industry, and discusses the principles of concrete reinforcing and how pre-stressed concrete works. Jim provides some background on the history and usage of concrete, discusses ingredients and terminology, and helps you understand the chemistry of concrete. He also talks about using concrete as a building material, covering compression versus tension and sharing strategies for managing cracking.

Design Thinking: Customer Experience

Lynda.com - Mon, 06/05/2017 - 20:00
Customer expectations are higher than ever before, and business success is becoming more and more dependent on a company's ability to meet or exceed those expectations with nearly every interaction. Customer experience—or CX—is the summary of all the interactions a company has with a customer over time. While understanding how to consider and choreograph those interactions is undeniably complex, at its core, customer experience is about something quite simple: relationships.

In this course, frog's director of strategy, Geoffrey Schwartz, introduces you to customer experience and why it's important in today's hypercompetitive world. Geoffrey breaks down the different components that make up a customer experience, like archetypes, activities, interactions, and experience principles. Throughout the course, he uses real-world examples to demonstrate how those components come together to form a company's relationship with their customers.

At the end of the course, you'll have the foundational tools needed to take a holistic view of an organization's customer experience and identify opportunities that can deepen relationships and drive loyalty.

Transitioning from Individual Contributor to Manager

Lynda.com - Mon, 06/05/2017 - 20:00
Before you start your first management role, it's important to prepare yourself for a shift in mindset and priorities. In this course, leadership coach, best-selling author, and consultant Roberta Matuson explains how to step into your new management role on the right foot. Roberta shares strategies to help you make the shift from focusing on your own performance as an individual contributor to focusing on the success of your team as a manager. She helps you address common hurdles such as how to manage your former peers, engage and assess your team, and prepare for your evolution as a leader.

Camtasia Advanced Techniques: Video-Based Training

Lynda.com - Mon, 06/05/2017 - 20:00
Learn how to do more with less by using your smartphone to create instructional videos in Camtasia. In this course, join Corbin Anderson as he shows how to use your smartphone, Camtasia, and a few simple accessories to create a high-quality video-based training. Throughout the course, Corbin explores the best practices for creating a video-based training that's engaging, well-produced, and effective. As he deconstructs a short, live-action instructional video, he explains how to shoot video with your phone, record audio using a wired lavalier, sync multiple media sources, make detailed audio adjustments, and more.

Building Native Mobile Apps with NativeScript and Angular 2

Lynda.com - Mon, 06/05/2017 - 20:00
NativeScript is an open-source framework for building native iOS and Android apps. Web developers who are familiar with Angular 2 can get introduced to NativeScript in this course and learn how to develop an application for iOS and Android by leveraging the NativeScript framework with Angular 2. Join Alex Ziskind as he guides you from the initial installation of NativeScript through architecting an application. He explains how to declare the most common user interface widgets while styling them with CSS. Plus, he demonstrates how to set up the Faker library, and how to programmatically tap into the native navigation engine for iOS and Android.

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