Lynda Weinman and Bruce Heavin, AIGA Los Angeles Visionary Award 2012

AIGA LA is proud to announce Lynda Weinman and Bruce Heavin as a recipient of this year’s new Visionary Award 2012.

The AIGA Los Angeles Visionary Award recognizes an organization or individual whose leadership and innovation has significantly contributed to the design profession in Los Angeles.

Their contributions have generated new opportunities for designers, strengthened the connection between business, society, culture and the design profession and increased the value of design in the community-at-large.

Lynda Weinman

Lynda Weinman is cofounder and executive chair of, one of the pioneering companies in online education.

Lynda is a self-taught computer expert, author, educator, and entrepreneur. A web graphics and design veteran and author of dozens of best-selling books, Lynda wrote the very first industry book on web design, Designing Web Graphics, in 1995.

Before launching, she was a faculty member at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA, and worked as an animator and motion graphics director in the special effects film industry. Lynda has also been a consultant and conducted workshops for Adobe, Microsoft, Hallmark, and Disney.

Lynda, along with her cofounder and husband, Bruce Heavin, evolved from its original concept as a free web resource for her students, to the site for her books on web design, to a registration hub for physical classrooms and conferences, to an award-winning online learning company with over one million members.

Bruce Heavin

Bruce Heavin is the cofounder and chief creative officer of, a pioneering company in online education.

An illustrator and designer, Bruce oversees the company’s visual branding and style, from creating the company’s now-iconic logo to ensuring that the aesthetic reflects its teaching style.

“Some of the software we cover is complicated, and we break it down into simple steps,” he says. “The design needs to echo and support that.”

With company cofounder and wife, Lynda Weinman, Bruce coauthored the books Coloring Web Graphics and Coloring Web Graphics.2. He was instrumental in launching as an online training resource, broadening its scope to include photography, illustration, and graphic design, and teaching many of its original courses.

A graduate of Art Center College of Design, Bruce has created graphics for DreamWorks SKG Interactive and illustrations for Adobe, MSNBC, E! Entertainment Television, and national publications.

Celebrate design royalty with Lynda Weinman and Bruce Heavin on June 21st at the Royal/T.

By AIGA Los Angeles
Published June 6, 2012
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