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What is Graphic Design?

Lynda.com - Tue, 05/30/2017 - 20:00
Are you curious about what graphic design really is? This video defines graphic design, so you can understand its purpose and what it accomplishes. Learn how design is used to convey ideas and concepts, and to enhance interactive experiences. Discover the impact that strong visual communication has on individuals, businesses, and the world. Then, get ready to explore courses that will help you build graphic design skills. (Author: Sean Adams)

Blender: Character Rigging with BlenRig

Lynda.com - Tue, 05/30/2017 - 20:00
BlenRig—a character rigging system provided by the Blender Foundation—provides you with tools that can help you bring your characters to life. In this course, join Darrin Lile as he breaks down how to use BlenRig to rig a character for animation in Blender. He shows how to install and set up the BlenRig add-on, and adjust the rig to match your character using the retargeting tools. He also demonstrates how to adjust the deform cage to fit the shape of a character, add corrective shape keys, and weight paint the hands and face. To wrap up, Darrin discusses how to set parameters and adjust actions and ranges to fine-tune the rig.

Talking Eyes Media: Multimedia Social Activism

Lynda.com - Tue, 05/30/2017 - 20:00
Ed Kashi—a leading voice in the photojournalism and visual storytelling community—always wanted to disappear as a photographer. Julie Winokur—an accomplished writer and filmmaker—has a penchant for words. Through Talking Eyes Media—a non-profit production company founded by Winokur and Kashi—they dedicate their talents to telling stories that matter. In a media landscape cluttered with negative stories that don't always offer solutions, Julie and Ed have made it their mission to create documentary films, exhibitions, and photo essays that inspire and advocate for change. Watch as Winokur and Kashi discuss their respective artistic journeys, and how their paths eventually led them to Talking Eyes Media.

Learning Microsoft PowerApps

Lynda.com - Tue, 05/30/2017 - 20:00
Microsoft PowerApps gives you the ability to create powerful business apps that pull data from integrated Microsoft products. In this course, join Gini von Courter as she explores how to leverage PowerApps to turn an Excel workbook into a simple business app that can be used on a mobile device or in a browser. She begins by showing how to get started, explaining how to sign up for PowerApps and upload the Excel file to OneDrive. Next, she covers how to create, view, and edit an app, including how to edit layouts and apply themes. To wrap up the course, Gini demonstrates how to share and manage your apps.

VMware vSphere: Deploy and Consolidate a Data Center

Lynda.com - Tue, 05/30/2017 - 20:00
Explore how to consolidate virtual machines and deploy host profiles and Auto Deploy within your data center. This course also helps you prepare for the VMware Certified Professional 6.5 – Data Center Virtualization exam. Russell Long begins with an overview of Auto Deploy, a centrally managed vSphere tool that can be used to deploy ESXi images to hosts. Next, Russell introduces the concept of host profiles, and shows how to use this feature to create and modify hosts, as well as how to attach hosts to a profile. Finally, he demonstrates how to consolidate physical workloads using VMware Converter, explaining how to install vCenter Converter, convert a machine using vCenter Converter, and troubleshoot conversion errors.

Deke's Techniques

Lynda.com - Mon, 05/29/2017 - 20:00
This course is a collection of short Photoshop and Illustrator projects and creative effects that can be completed in ten minutes or less. The series is taught by computer graphics guru Deke McClelland, and presented in his signature step-by-step style. The intent is to reveal how various Photoshop and Illustrator features can be combined and leveraged in real-world examples so that they can be applied to creative projects right away.

Time Management Tips Weekly

Lynda.com - Mon, 05/29/2017 - 20:00
Improve your productivity, get things done, and find more time for what's most important with Time Management Tips. This weekly series provides actionable time management techniques to help people better manage their time and ultimately become more productive. Time management expert Dave Crenshaw provides a new tip every Monday, touching on a wide variety of topics. Tune in to learn about everything from managing emails and calendars to setting priorities, collaborating with coworkers, reducing interruptions, crafting a "productivity mindset," and creating a more comfortable and effective work environment.

Have an idea for a future video from Dave? Submit it using our course feedback form. If you want more time management strategies now, we recommend watching Dave's Time Management Fundamentals course.

Excel Tips Weekly

Lynda.com - Mon, 05/29/2017 - 20:00
This tips-based course will show Excel users productivity-boosting tricks, cool hidden features, need-to-know functions, and advanced content on subjects such as using PivotTables for data analysis. Tune in every Tuesday for a new tip from expert Dennis Taylor. Each tutorial is a short, self-contained lesson guaranteed to give you new insights into Excel

User Experience Design for Wearables

Lynda.com - Mon, 05/29/2017 - 20:00
With smartwatches, VR headsets, and fitness bands becoming increasingly prevalent in the consumer space, it's advantageous for designers to understand how to approach user experience design for wearables. In this course, Renata Phillippi explains how to do just that. She focuses on designing for both Android Wear and Apple watchOS smartwatches, exploring the app architecture of both platforms, and considering the environment and context of the user. She also covers key interaction models for extended wearable experiences, and how to design and prototype a mobile game for smartwatches.

Revit: Tips, Tricks, and Troubleshooting

Lynda.com - Mon, 05/29/2017 - 20:00
In this series, we have a little something for every Revit designer—beginners and seasoned users alike! Each video focuses on a specific tip, trick, or troubleshooting technique for the most recent version of Revit. Do you import CAD files and want to achieve consistency? Want to get more from your dimensions? Need to check all of the views in a project and see if the settings are correct? Want to consistently configure crop boxes across the entire project? What about getting all the parameters in your family content in just the right order? These are just some of the topics in store. With a new video every week, you are sure to find something useful to add to your growing arsenal of Revit tools and techniques.

NOTE: The exercise files for this course can only be opened in the most recent version of Revit (Revit 2017). (Author: Paul F. Aubin)

Word Quick Tips

Lynda.com - Mon, 05/29/2017 - 20:00
Become more productive and use Microsoft Word more efficiently with this collection of quick, bite-sized videos that tell you exactly what you need to know about working with Word. Each video in this course is self-contained and about a minute long, so you can jump in at any point to quickly gain helpful insights. Authors Nick Brazzi, Garrick Chow, and Jess Stratton provide on-the-spot solutions for common questions about Word. They cover using section breaks to control column layouts, viewing two parts of a document, converting text to table and table to text, and more.

AutoCAD: Preparing Drawings for Revit Linking

Lynda.com - Mon, 05/29/2017 - 20:00
Take your AutoCAD skills to the next level by learning how to set up your drawings to be imported into or linked to Autodesk Revit. In this course, Shaun Bryant explains how to optimize and purge your AutoCAD drawings, so that they import and link seamlessly into Revit. Plus, he guides you through how to set up a simple Revit model based on a 2D linked CAD file, and start to develop the Revit model based on the information in the CAD file. After you wrap up this course, you'll have the skills and knowledge you need to get your drawings ready for Autodesk Revit.

Content Marketing: Videos

Lynda.com - Mon, 05/29/2017 - 20:00
Video is the rising star of content marketing. Videos can help you increase brand awareness and sales by allowing you to share compelling stories that resonate with your audience. In this short course, learn how video can play a critical role in your content marketing efforts. Join Luan Wise as she discusses who watches video content, what makes a great video, and how to measure your results. Luan also shares tips that can help you improve your content marketing with video.

Sketch: Beyond the Basics

Lynda.com - Mon, 05/29/2017 - 20:00
Advance your command of Sketch by going beyond the fundamentals. Renata Phillippi explains how to leverage the more advanced features in this popular application to work with greater efficiency, and tackle advanced projects such as designing for wearables and building game user interfaces. In this course, Renata helps you get organized in Sketch by explaining how to customize your toolbar and present your designs while still within the program. She also dives into game design, building animations, and using Boolean operations to combine and subtract from shapes to create custom shapes.

Spring: Spring Data

Lynda.com - Mon, 05/29/2017 - 20:00
Coding to databases—which often involves the use of boilerplate code that's difficult to maintain and debug—can be tedious work. Upgrading applications to a different kind of data storage is similarly challenging, as it usually involves massive code rewrites. Spring Data addresses these issues by abstracting data store interactions into a common repository API and eliminating boilerplate code.

In this course, learn how to easily implement JPA-based repositories using Spring Data JPA. Mary Ellen Bowman describes the Spring Data umbrella project, and helps you understand JPA for object-relational mapping. She also covers querying, and dives into other Spring Data Commons features such as QueryDSL and auditing.

Microsoft To-Do First Look

Lynda.com - Mon, 05/29/2017 - 20:00
Microsoft To-Do—a productivity app in the Office 365 suite—can help you efficiently manage your daily tasks. In this course, learn how to maximize your productivity with To-Do. Jess Stratton walks through the key features of this handy tool, including creating a list and some to-dos, and working with existing lists. She also covers adding lists directly from Outlook, and changing settings.

Graphic Design Tips & Tricks Weekly

Lynda.com - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 20:00
John McWade, founder of Before & After and now senior staff author at lynda.com, presents a biweekly series that touches on all areas of design, helping designers new and old sharpen their skills and create more powerful work. This series covers a wide range of topics, from typography and layout to color and logo design, but each episode is a standalone technique that can be completed in just ten minutes or less. Tune in every other Monday for a new tip.

Premiere Pro CC 2017 Essential Training: The Basics

Lynda.com - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 20:00
Get started with Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2017. This beginning-level course takes you through the basic ins and outs of Premiere Pro CC 2017. Using a project-based approach, senior staff author Ashley Kennedy teaches editing by blending technical and aesthetic instruction. She begins by taking you on a tour of the interface, and then goes through the entire post-production process—including ingest, organization, editing, refining, audio editing, basic effects, color correction, titling, output, and more.

This is the first part of a two-part series. The second installment explores more intermediate techniques.

Django: 1 Building a Blog

Lynda.com - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 20:00
Django is a powerful Python web framework designed for the efficient development of web applications—from large-scale projects to simple prototypes. In this course, learn how to leverage the features of Django through working on a project of building a blog. Antonio Mele de Juan walks through the creation of a blog application to help you grasp the basics of how this framework works, and understand how different components interact with each other. As Antonio helps you tackle this project, he explains how to solve common problems and implement best practices.

Note: This course was created by Packt Publishing. We are pleased to host this training in our library.

Starting Your Career in the On-Demand Economy

Lynda.com - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 20:00
Uber, Lyft, Airbnb, TaskRabbit, and other entrants in the on-demand and sharing economies are changing the nature of work. This course helps you understand and prepare for the "gig economy" to earn extra income or pay bills while looking for full-time employment.

Garrick Chow explains the basic structures of the on-demand economy and the skills and characteristics of successful on-demanders, so you can determine if on-demand work is the right fit for you. Then learn about the time commitment and expectations around pay, what the employer provides, and what one can expect from clients. Garrick then discusses tools to keep you organized, including how to best track income and expenses.

Finally, the course offers tips and tricks and a case study based on the author's firsthand experience as an Uber driver.