OK, the title may be a bit dramatic, but at least I got your attention. After being laid off several years ago, I knew I had to get myself back on track. My age and the economy were working against me and unemployment insurance was about to run out. I needed to upgrade my skills and actually, pick up totally new skills to make it as a freelance graphic designer.
I had an extensive background in computer, network, hardware and software support but wanted to get back into my first love, computer assisted graphic design. A lot had changed in the field since my early desktop publishing days using a Mac IIci, an Apple Laserwriter, Quark Express and Illustrator 9. With the last of my savings, I purchased a new PC and a large monitor along with the Adobe Creative Suite software and read everything I could get my hands on to learn what I could about HTML, CSS, Web Design, Flash Development and the latest design trends. Unfortunately, this only took me so far and outside training was way too expensive. That’s when I discovered Lynda.com. I’ve been an avid user of this on-line training site ever since.
With Lynda.com I’ve not only become proficient in all of the software I needed to learn, I’ve relied on it over and over as a trusted mentor and companion to get me to where I am today.
I have picked up an amazing amount of knowledge in Photoshop, Illustrator, inDesign, Dreamweaver, Flash as well as in Photography, HTML and CSS from world class trainers who are some of the most knowledgeable folks in the industry. I would have needed thousands of dollars to obtain this training in a classroom and I doubt that even then I could have found instructors of this caliber. The most amazing thing is that all of this cost me only $25 per month, actually $39 for the first six months because I need to use the exercise files to help get me through the early stages of my education. This is a price I gladly pay for the ongoing knowledge and inspiration I still rely on almost every day.
Now, thanks to this wonderful service, I have been able to start my own business and have lately been specializing in ebook cover design and conversion which is a rapidly growing and very rewarding area.
I literally don’t know where I would be today without the affordable assistance of Lynda.com. Thanks Lynda, Anne-Marie Concepcion, Deke McClelland, James Fritz, David Blatner, Mort Hendriksen, Jan Kabili, Chris Orwig, Ben Long and countless others for all you have given me.