Meet your regular roundtable panel who is with you every week on the show.
Erik Bernskiold is the owner of XLD Studios (a web design and hosting company) and Bernskiold Media (a software training company specializing in design). Erik is a well recognized online educator with connections all over the creative industry including some of the key companies that designers depend on. He is regularly attending conferences and events, not only to teach and meet people, but to learn himself and continue to improve his skills.
“I have always had a passion for design and the creative arts. Along side that, I’ve always wanted to teach what I know to others. I feel very fortunate to be able to combine the two through the internet and share what I know with others both online and offline.”
Firgs (Elizabeth Gast)
Firgs has been an independent designer for over ten years, specializing in Photoshop art. Her favorite areas of design include branding, illustration, and creating web graphics. Currently she is working as a freelance artist in Chicago, IL, and when she isn’t “pushing pixels,” she attends to her second love writing for the web about freelance business management.
“I use a juggler for my own personal logo because I often find I am always juggling the tasks that are part of my daily life. Be it computer programs that I keep switching to or from, to meeting deadlines, to networking with people, to helping others troubleshoot their business solutions, I am always moving things around. I love being a jack of all trades!”
A.J. Wood is owner of the training company Media Cats stationed in Texas, and has been ranked the #1 Adobe Instructor worldwide several times. In 2009, he was selected to join the ranks of recognized Adobe Community Professionals (formerly known as Adobe Community Experts).
“You don’t have to be good to get started, you just need to get started to be good.’ That’s what I tell my students when they question the pursuit of their passion. Life waits for no one, so why should you?”
Janine Smith is an award winning photo restoration artist, professional genealogist, writer, lecturer, and owner of a genealogical services company, Landailyn Research & Restoration, in Texas. She is just beginning to explore video tutorials, but has lots of written tutorials on TipSquirrel specializing in restoration.
“As some of you know, I tend to ‘give away’ a lot. Some might even call me gullible, but I don’t see it that way! If someone asks for some pointers that I can turn into a tutorial, then why not just do it? It’s helping me out, too, by giving me tutorial fodder. I absolutely love training. It has changed my world and I wouldn’t have it any other way.”