Why We Use Lynda.com
At Michael the Tech guy, we realized continued education had to be built into the foundation of our business. The two main obstacles we faced were class affordability and flexibility. After some trial and error, we have found lynda.com to be the perfect training solution for our website design business.
What is lynda.com?
Lynda.com is an online education company that offers video courses in software, business, technology, and creative skills. They have literally thousands of video courses available to help teach you anything – from culinary arts to cascading sytle sheets. If you’ve never visited lynda.com before, you can check it out here: http://www.lynda.com.
How much does it cost?
Lynda.com offers two subscription based plans – basic and premium. The only real difference between the two is the premium package includes project files. The basic package costs $25.00 a month and the premium is $37.50. Both plans offer a minor savings for yearly subscriptions. At the time of this article, lynda.com did not offer any individual academic pricing.
We opted for the premium plan because it included project files. The project files correspond to the course and allow you to practice the actual lessons being taught. Think of the project files as homework.
To see all the pricing details visit: http://www.lynda.com/plans.
Why we like Lynda
We mentioned before that our training solution had to be both affordable and flexible in terms of class scheduling. When compared to other sources of training we found lynda.com to be very affordable. Class scheduling couldn’t be more flexible as you track through the course at your own pace, watching the videos when you have the free time. We also found the quality of the training to be superb.
We were pleased to find that lynda.com offered a very broad range of courses. The ability to drop a course, without penalty, at any time is another worthy feature. And lastly, we found the practice files to be extremely well put together and useful in support of the course.
With our decision to invest in continued education with lynda.com, Mike and I decided that we would be best served if each of us focused on a different set of skills.
I was interested in so many of the courses offered by lynda.com that I was struggling to make up my mind on where to start. Eventually, I decided to sharpen my coding skills. Classes in HTML and CSS were a logical starting point for me as they are the most common coding languages that we currently use. I wanted to firm up my foundation in HTML and CSS and learn some best practices from the experts. So far, my courses have done that and more!
Here are the first three courses I am taking:
HTML Essential Training with James Williamson:
Here you learn how to write HTML, the programming language that powers the web.
CSS Fundamentals with James Williamson:
Offers a high-level overview of Cascading Style Sheets.
Creativity Boot Camp with Stefan Mumaw
Guides you through five interactive training exercises for boosting your creative output and producing even more innovative ideas.
If you had asked me a year ago if I thought I would ever learn the Adobe web design tools I would have laughed and politely explained that I have no inner-designer. It is funny how much can change in a year. I took a class at my local community college – An Introduction to Web Design. I dreaded the class but knew I needed an exposure for the business to be successful. I ended up loving the class and getting in touch with my inner-designer. It turns out he’s a pretty cool guy, but a serious newb.
I can’t speak highly enough of the Adobe design classes I have taken at lynda.com. The instructors are engaging, thorough, and on occasion even humorous. I’ve found I actually look forward to my “class time” and the projects are worthy of sharing with friends – you feel an actual sense of accomplishment upon completion.
I now embrace the spirit of Bob Ross and try to design happy little design elements every day!
Here are the web design courses I am currently taking:
Photoshop CC for Web Design with Justin Seeley
Here you learn to create UI elements, web graphics, wireframes, and functional mockups that transition beautifully and easily to production with Photoshop.
Designing a Logo with Nigel French
Discusses the principles and techniques of what makes a logo work, type-only designs, type treatments, and logo symbols.
Premiere Pro CC Essential Training with Ashley Kennedy
Learn how to professionally edit video in Premiere Pro with techniques the experts use.
Bonus Level – Adobe Creative Cloud
Although the bonus level has nothing to do directly with lynda.com, it is important if you have any interest in the design courses mentioned above. We have subscribed to the Adobe Creative Cloud for almost six months now. We use PhotoShop just about everyday and as a tool for our business it is indispensable.
It is also probably the most complicated software I have ever used. It has a level of complexity that I would never be able to get a handle on by myself. Lynda.com has proven to be an excellent source of training in Photoshop. I am now starting to learn some of the other Adobe design tools as well.
The Adobe Creative Cloud is very affordable too. For only $9.99 a month you get PhotoShop and LightRoom. Adobe also offers great academic pricing to any student 13 or older. With academic pricing you can get every design tool Adobe offers for only $19.99 a month.
If you are interested in the Adobe Creative Cloud subscriptions visit: https://creative.adobe.com/plans.
Lynda.com can offer any small business an affordable and extremely effective solution for continued education. Josh and I highly recommend them. It’s now time for us to get back to our courses – thank you for reading our blog post.
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