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Succeeding as an In-house Creative

Mon, 05/14/2018 - 20:00
Surviving, let alone succeeding, as an in-house creative in the business world takes skills, the right mindset, and tactics you were never taught in school. This course can help you thrive in the corporate sphere with your creativity and integrity intact. Andy Epstein—former head of the AIGA in-house design taskforce and director of studio operations at Cella Solutions—helps designers, writers, and creative services professionals understand how companies operate, and how to work successfully within a corporate structure. He shares how to communicate your value as well as contribute to a more positive and creative company and team culture. Andy also presents business-critical soft skills such as communication and collaboration best practices, and professional etiquette dos and don'ts. These subtle yet powerful techniques he shares will help you build your professional reputation and provide you with the influence you need to reach your career goals—without compromising your creative identity.

Design an Italic Typeface

Mon, 05/14/2018 - 20:00
The key to a cohesive font family is the right balance of similarity and difference among fonts. When designing italics, it is most efficient to start with the existing roman font and introduce differences: a 10- to 20-degree slant, slightly more condensed spacing, more fluid serifs, and so on. In this course, instructor Charles Nix takes you through the entire process of designing an italic typeface, building from an upright roman script to the italic form. He shows how to create capital and lowercase characters, as well as punctuation, while examining aspects such as slant, stem width, serif shape, and other fundamental differences between the roman and italic forms. Once the font is complete, he refines it with spacing and kerning, and introduces strategies for generating and testing the final font files. He also offers valuable resources for further exploration of italic typeface and typography in general.

Sketch for UX Design

Mon, 05/14/2018 - 20:00
The best UX design tools are nimble, collaborative, and efficient—just like Sketch. Learn how to use this Mac-only, vector-based app to craft great user experiences. Renata Phillippi concentrates on a workflow that takes advantage of Sketch's huge library of plugins, templates, close integration with software like Illustrator and InVision, and best practices (such as the use of style guides and open-source fonts). Follow along to learn how to set up your Sketch workspace for maximum efficiency, speed up design with reusable styles and symbols, build responsive site maps and wireframes, and design mobile apps for iOS, Android, and even watchOS with Sketch. Plus, learn how to integrate Sketch with other popular UX design applications such as Illustrator, InVision.

Project Management Foundations: Small Projects

Mon, 05/14/2018 - 20:00
Learn how to efficiently manage small projects for great results. In this newly updated course, instructor and project manager Bonnie Biafore shows how to manage smaller scale projects with a simpler yet effective approach. She defines what "small" means in the context of project management and provides an overview of the life cycle of a small project, sharing the best techniques for planning, getting things done, tracking progress, and wrapping up.

Along the way, Bonnie shares the top 10 things you should know about small projects; special considerations for freelancers; best practices for estimating time and costs; objective measures for assessing quality; smart ways to identify risk; and meaningful ways to close a project. Use these tips to make your next small project a success.

Note: This course aligns with best practices from A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, (PMBOK® Guide) - Sixth Edition, published by the Project Management Institute®.

Learning FileMaker

Mon, 05/14/2018 - 20:00
Learn how to design and build custom apps with FileMaker 17—the latest version of the powerful platform used everywhere from home offices to Fortune 500 companies all around the world. Drawing on over 20 years of experience with clients at his own development firm, iSolutions, Cris Ippolite walks through the essential FileMaker Pro skills, from creating tables and fields to designing layouts that display your data in a smart way. He also shows you how to work with data, create reports, import and export data, write scripts, perform calculations, and more. Watch now to start learning how to build your first database from scratch.

CSS: Transforms and Transitions

Mon, 05/14/2018 - 20:00
Create more visually interesting and dynamic websites. Learn how to build animated effects and 3D objects using CSS transforms and transitions. Follow along with author Patrick Carey as he shows how to transition between properties such as color, background, opacity, and positioning, and adjust the timing and duration of transitions. Patrick explains how to perform 2D transformations, such as scaling, skewing, and rotating, as well as transformations in 3D. He shows how to transform objects along the X-, Y-, and Z-axis; use perspective; and create 3D objects such as animated cubes. Interactive demo pages are included with the exercise files, so you can practice what you've learned after each video.

Kubernetes: Microservices

Sun, 05/13/2018 - 20:00
Build scalable and reliable microservices with Kubernetes. Kubernetes is a popular DevOps tool for managing containers at scale. Microservices allow developers to deploy individual app components, enabling continuous integration and increased fault tolerance. This course teaches how these technologies combine—culminating in a real-world microservices application hosted in a Kubernetes environment. Instructor Karthik Gaekwad describes the benefits of microservices and shows how they can be implemented inside the container-based architecture paradigm. Using an existing monolithic application, he breaks down its functionality, adds Kubernetes constructs, and deploys the new services into a Kubernetes environment with Minikube. Finally, Karthik introduces tools such as Helm and Jaeger, which are used along with Kubernetes to build more resilient microservices.

Monday Productivity Pointers

Sun, 05/13/2018 - 20:00
In this weekly series on being productive with technology, authors Jess Stratton, Garrick Chow, and Nick Brazzi introduce tools and tips to help make today's software and devices work more efficiently and powerfully for you. With everything from pointers on using Microsoft Office and Google platforms to learning social networking skills and discovering the most useful apps for your iPhone or Android device, there's something for everyone.

Excel Business Intelligence Part 1: Power Query

Sun, 05/13/2018 - 20:00
Microsoft Excel includes a powerful feature called Power Query—also known as Get & Transform or Get Data—which provides fast and powerful data gathering and cleansing capabilities. In this course—the first installment in the Excel Business Intelligence series—follow along with experienced Excel trainer Chris Dutton as he shows you the robust capabilities of Power Query. Chris kicks off the course by outlining the power Excel landscape and spelling out when to use business intelligence tools like Power Query, Power Pivot, and DAX. He then dives into Power Query, explaining how to leverage key query editing tools to connect and transform data. Learn about basic Power Query table transformations, text-specific query editing tools, how to merge and append queries, and more. Chris also shares best practices for working efficiently with Power Query.

Content Marketing: How to Podcast

Sun, 05/13/2018 - 20:00
Podcasting is a great way to promote a brand or build a following. In this course, public relations and social media expert Martin Waxman shows you how to create a successful podcast from the ground up. It starts with understanding your customers—and tailoring your podcast to their interests. Martin then shows how to choose the theme and format for your podcast and select quality gear that won't blow your marketing budget. He shares advice for finding the right guests, as well as the right resources to record, edit, and publish your podcast. Finally, Martin explains how to promote your podcast and measure the results.

Start Printing Your Photos

Sun, 05/13/2018 - 20:00
The key to making great prints is controlling the color that gets sent to the printer. By understanding how humans see color—and how digital cameras record that color—and leveraging that knowledge throughout the production process, you can ensure that you're able to translate what your camera captures into colors that printers can reproduce. In this course, Kevin Ames shows how to make high-quality color prints. Learn how to properly calibrate your monitor and printer, manage color in Photoshop and Lightroom, select the right color settings for websites, and more. Upon completing this course, you'll have a better understanding of how color works— from capture to output—and how to control it so you can make great prints from your digital photographs.

Kubernetes: Microservices

Sun, 05/13/2018 - 20:00
Build scalable and reliable microservices with Kubernetes. Kubernetes is a popular DevOps tool for managing containers at scale. Microservices allow developers to deploy individual app components, enabling continuous integration and increased fault tolerance. This course teaches how these technologies combine—culminating in a real-world microservices application hosted in a Kubernetes environment. Instructor Karthik Gaekwad describes the benefits of microservices and shows how they can be implemented inside the container-based architecture paradigm. Using an existing monolithic application, he breaks down its functionality, adds Kubernetes constructs, and deploys the new services into a Kubernetes environment with Minikube. Finally, Karthik introduces tools such as Helm and Jaeger, which are used along with Kubernetes to build more resilient microservices.

SharePoint Quick Tips

Sun, 05/13/2018 - 20:00
Take your SharePoint knowledge to the next level with these two-minute tips. This balanced combination of advanced and intermediate tips help SharePoint users save time and perform more complex tasks as they use SharePoint for business communication and collaboration. Microsoft Certified Trainer Heather Severino shows how to customize your libraries, pin and share documents, and create new list items: tasks, contacts, events, and more. Plus, learn how to save time by automating common processes—such requesting approvals, saving files, and posting Teams messages—with SharePoint flows.

Learning FARO PointSense Building

Sun, 05/13/2018 - 20:00
The FARO PointSense Building plugin for AutoCAD allows you to take scan data from a variety of sources—including laser scans and photogrammetry—and build architecturally compatible 2D plans. In this course, you can learn how to create 2D floor plans with PointSense Building and AutoCAD. Instructor Irene Radcliffe walks you through the entire process, from configuring your project and scan data, to sectioning and slicing, to digitizing your scan. Get familiar with the drawing and modeling tools available and learn how to use VirtuSurv, the FARO software for producing realistic and intuitive views of scan data. Then discover how to use the PointSense analysis tools to look for deviations and see how your linework and models fit the point cloud. Plus, find out how to use VirtuSurv macros to speed up your workflow and learn how to add construction details and dimensions to your drawings.

NVivo 2018 Essential Training

Thu, 05/10/2018 - 20:00
NVivo is the leading tool for qualitative research analysis. This course explores how to leverage NVivo for collecting, organizing, and analyzing non-numerical research data, such as images and text. Instructor David Rivers starts the course with a review of key terminology and then takes a tour of the NVivo interface. He shows how to create a new project and import documents such as Word and PDF files. He uses nodes—containers for NVivo data—and coding to organize the data and then analyzes it with queries, word clouds, and charts. Finally, David shows how to export a summary of your coding structure to Word and Excel for sharing with others.

UX for Voice: Planning and Implementation

Thu, 05/10/2018 - 20:00
The number of voice-controlled apps and devices is growing by leaps and bounds. To build successful user experiences for voice, you need to focus on understanding, accuracy of response, and ease of conversation. Join Emmanuel Henri for this introduction to UX design for voice-directed AI. Learn how machines comprehend audio instructions and explore the frameworks and tools available to UX designers and developers. Discover how understanding, personality, and accuracy affect the quality of the user experience, and find out how to engineer more successful interactions with voice-activated systems.

Creating a Culture of Change

Thu, 05/10/2018 - 20:00
Change is the only constant in life. The workplace is no exception. Companies undergo reorganization, mergers, acquisitions, and smaller but no less significant disruptions every day. Leaders at all levels need to enable their organizations to develop a culture of change that embraces change as a dynamic force of innovation creating a competitive advantage.

In this course you can discover the skills, tools, and systems needed to succeed in an ever-changing landscape. Instructor Jerry Pico has led dozens of companies through transformations big and small. He integrates real-life examples from his consulting practice and in-house experience into the course. He focuses on network leadership and learning agility, and shows how to build a culture that thrives on changes in an increasingly complex world. Follow along and learn how to embrace change, make it less stressful for you and your team, and use it as a dynamic force for growth.

CISSP Cert Prep: 8 Software Development Security

Thu, 05/10/2018 - 20:00
Prepare for the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) exam by bolstering your knowledge of software development security practices. In this course, follow Mike Chapple as he walks through each topic in the eighth domain of the CISSP exam—Software Development Security. He covers the software development lifecycle and common software security issues, such as cookies, session hijacking, and code execution attacks. Mike also discusses secure coding practices and software security assessment.

This course—along with the others in this nine-part series—prepare you for the CISSP exam and provide you with a solid foundation for a career in information security.

Find the companion study books at the Sybex test prep site and review the complete CISSP Body of Knowledge at https://www.isc2.org/cissp-domains/default.aspx.

Confronting Bias: Thriving Across Our Differences

Thu, 05/10/2018 - 20:00
Find greater meaning, well-being, and productivity by learning how to interact with others across differences. Continue your Thrive journey and discover how to create inclusive environments where everyone can thrive. In this course, Arianna Huffington and Verna Myers discuss the impact of our cultural lens on our daily relations and how to counter bias in our words and actions.

Learning FARO PointSense Pro

Thu, 05/10/2018 - 20:00
FARO PointSense plugins allows you to take scan data from a variety of sources—including laser scans and photogrammetry—and capture the as-built conditions of job sites with the highest degree of accuracy. The Pro version provides additional tools for 2D and 3D modeling in AutoCAD. In this course, you can learn how to work with FARO PointSense Pro, from configuring your project and scan data, to sectioning and slicing, to digitizing your scan. Get familiar with the drawing and modeling tools available and learn how to use VirtuSurv, the FARO software for producing realistic and intuitive views of scan data. Plus, learn how to use PointSense Pro analysis tools to look for deviations and see how your linework and models fit the point cloud. (Author: Irene Radcliffe)

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