Lynda Weinman is a business owner, computer instructor, and author, who founded an online software training website, lynda.com, with her husband, Bruce Heavin. Lynda.com was acquired by LinkedIn in April 2015 for $1.5 billion. Lynda has self-taught computer skills. She has worked in the film industry as a special effects animator and has taught at the Art Center College of Design, the American Film Institute, and at San Francisco State University. She teaches in multimedia studies, computer graphics, animation, interactive design, and motion graphics.
Her work history includes "RoboCop 2" (1990), "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure" (1989), and "Star Trek V: The Final Frontier" (1989). As an animator, she worked with Dreamquest and as a special effects artist. Lynda co-founded the Flashforward Conferences and the Flash Film Festival.
Lynda has over 20 books published through Pearson and New Riders Publishing that deal with Photoshop, web design, and other program development.
Her magazine articles include: "Better Web Graphics with Transparency," "Macworld," (October 1998); "A Web graphics primer," "Macworld," (May 1998); "Tile your site: use tiles to create the layered look on your Web pages," "Macworld," (May 1998); "Preparing Web Graphics," "Macworld," (August 1996);
"Lynda Weinman on What’s Next for Flash in 2006," "PeachPit," January 6, 2006; and "Web Design Tips: Making Site Comps and Prototypes," "CreativePro.com," (August 13, 2003).
Lynda’s awards and honors include: the Art Center College of Design’s Great Teacher Award, (1997); San Francisco Women on the Web Top 25 Women, (1999); GirlGeeks Golden Horn-Rims Award, (2000); First Hollywood Film Festival’s Discovery CyberAwards Nominee, (1997); the Entrepreneur of the Year finalist, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Regional Awards, ( 2010); Entrepreneur of the Year, South Coast Business and Technology Award; 2011 Women of Achievement Award, Association for Women in Communications, Santa Barbara chapter.
She is on the board of Santa Barbara International Film Festival; Lotusland; AIGA National Board Member; Miller Freeman Web Design & Development Conferences; "New Media" magazine; The Evergreen State College Foundation Board of Governors & Trustees.