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Noble Desktop, LLC was founded in 1990 by Scott Carson as a desktop publishing studio, using QuarkXPress, Illustrator and Photoshop to produce books, magazines, catalogs, and other print material.
In 1991 Scott began to teach at Parsons School of Design. Word got out that a good class in QuarkXPress was being taught, but demand was far more than Parsons could handle. So Scott started teaching at Noble in the evenings.
Eventually, students asked for other classes, so Noble slowly added programs such as Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. By 1994 we had a staff of five instructors and spent a lot of money advertising in local papers. When competition heated up and the advertising became unpleasant, Noble stopped advertising altogether.
But a funny thing happened. The students kept enrolling, mainly through word of mouth. Noble had built up such a base of previous students that referrals kept classes full. In those days, class size was limited to 5 students. We hovered around one computer monitor and handed out practice worksheets to students. Today we have hi-res projectors (beaming onto ten foot screens) in classrooms that can handle up to 17 students. We provide each student with a complete step-by-step workbook that’s nicely printed and bound.
In August 1999 we typeset our last 1,000-page book and decided to focus exclusively on training. Now we have a staff that works expressly on improving classes and workbooks. We get to practice what we teach by working on our own books and websites. It all makes for a very rewarding mix of doing and teaching. Hope to see you in class soon!
“I teach typography and design at Parsons School of Design and New York University. But when I want to learn computer graphics software, I go to Noble Desktop. They have far and away the best computer classes I have taken anywhere.”
Former President of the Type Director’s Club
Noble Desktop has been teaching computer graphics and web development since 1991. In all those years we have perfected the craft of teaching. If students get hung up on any issue, we tweak the class to make it work better. Every instructor uses the same time-tested curriculum we have developed. Ask around: Noble Desktop has a stellar reputation for exceptional computer graphics training.
We don't ask you to simply "follow along," copying what the instructor does. Instead we ask you to focus 100% attention on the lesson at hand. Only after the lesson do you then put into practice what you have learned by working on a computer with our step-by-step workbooks. This "learn, then practice" method results in the student learning and retaining much more than traditional "follow along" classes.
Most of our classes include a custom training workbook written by our top instructors. Take it home with you: with step-by-step exercises and power-user keyboard shortcut guides, it’s like having a refresher course right on your desk. We wrote the book ourselves because we couldn't find any book that was good enough. Now our books are being used by other schools and training centers worldwide.
Since when did training centers expect you to "bring a laptop"? Noble Desktop has always had classrooms full of computers, Mac and PC. Each computer is loaded with software and has a 19-inch monitor. The next time you are asked to "bring a laptop," ask why you aren't being provided a computer. Noble Desktop always has up-to-date equipment in our state-of-the-art classrooms.
All our instructors are working professionals who bring on-the-job experience to the classroom. But we don't just let anyone teach a course. How many experts do you know who can't teach? We've learned to audition and test our instructors. Only after they have been through our screening process will they be put in front of students. And they are required to use our time-tested curriculum, assuring a positive learning experience for all our students. Read our instructor bios.
We’re the only school to offer an unconditional money-back guarantee. If you don’t absolutely LOVE your class, we’ll give you a full refund! Compare that to other "schools" that have a no-refund policy. Is that even legal? It certainly isn't right. At Noble we treat our students with respect and common sense.
When looking at a computer training school, check to see if they are NY State-licensed. Any school in New York should be licensed by law. Noble Desktop follows state-issued guidelines for curriculum development and teacher licensing. Adobe Authorized means our instructors have passed the rigorous Adobe Certification Exam, and that we follow Adobe's quality-control standards.
We offer our guarantee because we think we’re the best—but don’t take our word for it. Ask more than 1600 industry professionals who have enjoyed our classes and are putting what they learned to use on the job. Read their testimonials.