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Design in Event Production: An Interview with FiveCurrents

By: Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch on Feb 12th 2013
Design in Event Production: An Interview with FiveCurrents

Usually design-related buzz around large-scale events like the Super Bowl is all about the ads, which ones hit the mark, which didn’t and how much did they cost. But there’s more design at work than in the ads shown between plays. There’s the design behind the events themselves. Every element of the event contributes to the viewer or participant’s experience. We interviewed Jared Sweet, an award-winning art director, show director, and creative director with 15 years experience and current... CONTINUE READING

App Alert: Marqueed Makes Online Visual Collaboration Easy

By: Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch on Feb 7th 2013
App Alert: Marqueed Makes Online Visual Collaboration Easy

Whether it’s a design firm sharing thoughts on a logo design, a photographer and retoucher reviewing notes on a beauty shoot or a couple collaborating with an interior decorator on their child’s room redesign—easy, intuitive visual collaboration can be elusive for any group working together on a highly visual project. We’ve all been there—endless e-mail chains with massive attachments, cumbersome PDF mark up or project management interfaces not designed with image sharing in mind. On the surface what might... CONTINUE READING

Designing for the iPad using InDesign CS6

By: Christine Medley on Jan 22nd 2013
Designing for the iPad using InDesign CS6

By now you probably have been asked to design something for the iPad (and if you haven’t yet, inevitably, you will). So what is a relatively simple way to get into tablet design and production? InDesign CS6 has a great set of tools to introduce you to the process and streamline the workflow. You can build and design publications from scratch or convert a print document for delivery on a variety of tablets. This tutorial overview will focus on... CONTINUE READING

Overview of Lynda.com’s Newly Released Tutorial: Drupal 7 Custom Module Development

By: Brandie Gautreaux on Nov 29th 2012
Overview of Lynda.com’s Newly Released Tutorial: Drupal 7 Custom Module Development

Author and engineer Jon Peck teaches viewers how to enhance Drupal 7 websites with custom modules. Drupal 7 is a free open-source content management system and added custom modules further enrich a website’s online presence. Peck walks us through the process of writing modules, interacting with hooks, working with permissions and roles, controlling access, adding menus, creating forms, producing form validations, building custom content type, validating user input, and importing content. The tutorial is complete with tips for best... CONTINUE READING

Paid vs. Free Software for Designers (Poll Article)

By: Rafiq Elmansy on Nov 28th 2012
Paid vs. Free Software for Designers (Poll Article)

If we did a quick survey about the most common problems designers, especially new designers have to face, we would find that the expensive price of graphic design tools and applications top the list of these complaints. Even when companies like Adobe  provide Creative Suites for more saving opportunities, they are still expensive for many designers around the world. Some designers try to overcome this problem by relying on free graphic design tools that allow them to reduce their software... CONTINUE READING

Overview of Lynda.com’s Newly Released Tutorial: Developing a Style Guide

By: Brandie Gautreaux on Nov 28th 2012
Overview of Lynda.com’s Newly Released Tutorial: Developing a Style Guide

Nigel French, author and graphic designer, simplifies the use and components of a style guide in this online tutorial. A style guide (also known as a branding guidelines book or style manual) is a set of standards for the writing and designing of a company’s documents. It is the voice for the business and most-importantly portrays the image and personality of the company. Nigel explains the importance of style guides, how they fit into the branding process, and who... CONTINUE READING

Overview of Lynda.com’s Newly Released Tutorial: Create a Sliding Tabbed Panel with jQuery and Dreamweaver

By: Brandie Gautreaux on Nov 27th 2012
Overview of Lynda.com’s Newly Released Tutorial: Create a Sliding Tabbed Panel with jQuery and Dreamweaver

Join author and graphic designer Chris Converse with this quick training tutorial about designing and using tabbed panels with jQuery and Dreamweaver. The tabbed panel feature is a favorite design and interface on many websites. This course teaches how to build a sliding tabbed panel from scratch using HTML and CSS together. Learn how to create containers and tabbed panels, add content to containers, add CSS styles to text and tabs, add jQuery documents, animate panels, and create custom... CONTINUE READING

Overview of Lynda.com’s Newly Released Tutorial: Up and Running with Bootstrap

By: Brandie Gautreaux on Nov 26th 2012
Overview of Lynda.com’s Newly Released Tutorial: Up and Running with Bootstrap

Twitter’s new free web development tool, Bootstrap, combines CSS, JavaScript, and images all designed to aid in the building of websites to create an efficient and powerful user interface. Developer and author Jen Kramer presents this online training tutorial that gives us insight into the new software in addition to her professional techniques and tips. Take a tour of the default and fluid grid systems, thumbnail galleries, typography and buttons, tabs and pills navigation systems, modal windows, and photo... CONTINUE READING

Overview of Lynda.com’s Newly Released Tutorial: SketchUp Rendering Using Twilight

By: Brandie Gautreaux on Nov 23rd 2012
Overview of Lynda.com’s Newly Released Tutorial: SketchUp Rendering Using Twilight

Special Offer: 7 days of free unlimited access to lynda.com Register: Here Create genuine and original 3D architectural drawings with Twilight, a popular and low-cost third-party renderer software for SketchUp. 3D artist and multimedia businessman Brian Bradley, introduces the Twilight software and gives us examples and techniques to creating interior and exterior 3D elements with the use of lighting, materials, cameras, and render options. Learn how to manage and save rendering presets, use light-emitting materials, alternate projection types, create... CONTINUE READING

Overview of Lynda.com’s Newly Released Tutorial: Create Your First Online Store with Magento Go

By: Brandie Gautreaux on Nov 22nd 2012
Overview of Lynda.com’s Newly Released Tutorial: Create Your First Online Store with Magento Go

Get your online store moving and thriving with the help of graphic designer and software trainer Justin Seely who introduces Magento Go through this online tutorial. Magento Go is software that helps business owners build an online store without the need for installation materials or servers to monitor. Begin the course with setting up your store basics such as store options, listed products and categories, checkout options and tax settings, and shipping and payment methods. Learn how to add... CONTINUE READING

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