I think back to how I got started in this business. I was always interested in technology and art, and at the time, those two worlds were beginning to collide. Sure, I remember burnishing rub-down Letraset fonts, losing parts of fingers to X-Acto #11 blades while carefully cutting rubylith, fumbling around the darkroom to find the box of film for the stat camera, and sniffing awesome Pantone markers and rubber cement. But I also remember my first Quadra 700, using the first design application I purchased with my own money (Deneba Canvas), and spending hours and hours in front of the 16" RGB screen -- just knowing that one day, it was going to be the focus of a designer's toolbox.
One of the things that really pushed my learning further was that I was a member of AOL and there was a Vector Forum that I participated in. That's were I first "met" the likes of Sharon Steuer, Sandee Cohen, Ted Alspach, Sree Kotay, etc. Every Tuesday evening, the Vector Forum would have a live one-hour chat, where we'd pick a topic and discuss all things vector. I learned so much from those chats, and I was also able to share what I was learning with others.
I'd like to bring that concept of a weekly chat back -- and so I'm starting Fridays with Mordy -- a weekly chat each Friday for about 30 minutes where we talk about Illustrator or anything else that matters to a designer in the world of technology.
We'll pick a different topic each week, based on user feedback, and it will be a great opportunity for all of us to share advice, information, and ideas. And we'll make new friends!
Fridays with Mordy "airs" LIVE each Friday at 2:00 pm Eastern time (US) and the URL is:
Here's a link to some recorded sessions:
- Recoloring Artwork in Illustrator (aired 03/12/2010)
- Resolution & File Formats in Illustrator (aired 03/19/2010)
- Making Selections in Illustrator (aired 04/09/2010)
- Illustrator CS5 Overview (aired 04/12/2010)
- Illustrator CS5 & Flash Catalyst CS5 (aired 04/16/2010)
- Envelope Distortion in Illustrator (aired 04/23/2010)
- Smart Guides & Alignment in Illustrator (aired 04/30/2010)
- Making Illustrator YOURS (aired 05/14/2010)
- Building Art in Illustrator (aired 05/21/2010)
- Working with Illustrator and Photoshop (aired 05/28/2010)
You can suggest topics for future Fridays with Mordy sessions here in the comments, or on Twitter. In fact, if you aren't already following me on Twitter, you should consider doing so, since it's the primary way I connect with my viewers these days (I gladly answer Illustrator questions that people send my way). You can follow me at @mordy on Twitter.
Fridays with Mordy is sponsored by Lynda.com, who now also offer an iPhone app that allows you to log into your account and few thousands and thousands of high quality training from some of the best trainers in the industry. For more information on the Illustrator Lynda.com training that I offer, click on the big yellow banner that appears on the right.
I look forward to seeing you at a future Fridays with Mordy!