My Top 10 Documentaries on Lynda.com and Linkedin Learning

March 21, 2017

The best part of these 15-minute documentaries is that they all are free.

Over the last few months, I've heard a few people be blown away by the fact that we have documentaries on Lynda.com and LinkedIn Learning. They're created by a small stellar team out in Carpinteria, CA.

These documentaries are stunning. They're meant to inspire and give you a unique perspective of professionals out in the field as well as an inside look at how they approach their craft.

If you haven't had a chance to dive in, today is your lucky day. It's time to get inspired and jump into your next project with enthusiasm and passion. Here are my top 10 documentaries on LinkedIn Learning.

1. Jeffrey Zeldman: 20 years of Web Design and Community

Known as the "Godfather of the web" Jeffrey Zeldman has paved the way for web designers across the world. For people who make websites, Zeldman is one to follow

Watch the full film on LinkedIn Learning.

2. Aaron Draplin Takes On a Logo Design Challenge

Aaron Draplin takes on a challenge to create a logo. He lets the camera in and has an unbelievable perspective to share. I appreciate his enthusiasm and passion for his craft. 

Watch the full film on LinkedIn Learning.

3. Pop Chart Lab's Infographic Poster Design: Start to Finish

Pop Chart Lab turns complex data sets into stylish infographics, from taxonomies of hip-hop to field guides of famous felines. This is information design in its purest form. This always gives me inspiration when designing workflow maps.

Watch the full film on LinkedIn Learning.

4. Maria Giudice: Design Leadership in Business

Take a look at self-proclaimed "accidental entrepreneur" Maria Giudice, as she shares her journey from becoming a self-taught painter to founding a design firm and coining the role of a DEO. 

Watch the full film on LinkedIn Learning.

5. James White's Character Illustrations: Start to Finish

James White, the one-man powerhouse behind Signalnoise design studio, gives us a peek at one of his latest projects: illustrating the wrestlers of the WWE. 

Watch the full film on LinkedIn Learning.

6. Adonna Khare Large Scale Art

Artist and teacher Adonna Khare shares how she went from nearly abandoning her art to competing in ArtPrize 2012. So talented while being so humble. I'm mesmerized by Adonna's pencil work.

Watch the full film on LinkedIn Learning.

7. The Motionographer Story

Hear the story behind Motionographer, the online community for motion graphics artists, animators, and filmmakers around the world, and its founder Justin Cone, in this short inspirational documentary. This inspires me to learn more about motion design and is a source of inspiration.

Watch the full film on LinkedIn Learning.

8. Bonnie Siegler: Designing Her Design Career

Bonnie Siegler, founder of respected design firms No. 17 and Eight and a Half, reflects on her career and explains the skill set that makes a breakout designer successful. I started my career by getting my BFA in Graphic Design at SCAD. This movie takes me to my roots and reminds me of how much my heart expands when I experience typography, color, layout, and balance. This is my moment of zen.

Watch the full film on LinkedIn Learning.

9. Rayce Bird: Real Life Creature Creation - Film

Rayce Bird, a special effects makeup artist, reveals the process behind his "monstrous" latex masks and walks through a demo for fans at Comic-Con. I love his attention to detail and how he brings these characters to life.

Watch the full film on LinkedIn Learning.

10. Jason Seiler: Digital and Traditional Painter

With his work in Rolling Stone, Billboard, Time, the New Yorker, and more, Jason talks about his influences and career path in this short film. I love Jason's confidence in putting himself out there. He's inspired me to take risks and try new things.

How do you know your wings are gonna work unless you jump off the cliff? You gotta believe that you can do it, that you can fly.

Drew Bridewell is a lead user experience designer at LinkedIn. His design philosophy is to inject enthusiasm, passion, and purpose into all elements of his work. Check out his LinkedIn Learning course, Practical UX Weekly.

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