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Ethan is a graphic artist from Brooklyn, NY with a BFA from Parsons. For almost 20 years, Ethan has worked as a designer, illustrator and instructor in print, digital and tablet media. Some of his clients include “Food & Wine” magazine, “Travel & Leisure,” “Condé Nest Traveler,” and “Vogue.” You can find his work at ethancornell.com, ecsketch.blogspot.com and artslant.com.
Michele is a freelance digital illustrator and graphic designer. In addition to illustration, she's worked on logo, pattern, and product design for a variety of clients, and she’s been teaching at Noble Desktop since 2010. Her work can be seen on products, in magazines, all over the internet, and on the walls of folks with impeccable taste. Learn more at michelerosenthal.com.
Scott Carson started Noble Desktop in 1990, and has been involved with computer graphics since 1986. He began teaching at Parsons School of Design in 1991, and has been training designers, professionals, and career-changers ever since. Scott is also a horse racing aficionado, and runs the largest horse racing contest on the internet, PublicHandicapper.com
Carl is a freelance web developer with years of experience developing interactive marketing campaigns. He’s worked with GE, Doritos, Office Depot, New York Stock Exchange, and more. Carl teaches the GreenSock Animation Platform (GSAP). You can read more at snorkl.tv.
Matt has directed a network of over 400 Drupal-based e-commerce websites for independent businesses; assisted several companies in migrating from legacy platforms to Drupal, CiviCRM, and Ruby on Rails; helped develop and maintain partnerships with companies including Google, NPR, and Kobo; and presented educational sessions at international conferences. Matt has a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Virginia, where he also taught. At Noble, Matt teaches PHP/MySQL and Ruby on Rails (for which he helped develop the curriculum). Matt and his wife have their own consulting firm, Augment Digital Workshop.
After 20 plus years of shooting annual reports for major corporations and portraits for newspapers and magazines Ben now specializes in photography for NYC nonprofits. Ben teaches the Adobe Lightroom and Digital Photography in a Day courses. To check out his photography see benrussellphoto.com.
Nate Cooper is writer and consultant based in New York City. He is founder of Simple Labs, a boutique web and social media consultancy with a focus on client education. Through his company he has provided corporate training seminars to TIME Inc, NBC Universal and GAP Inc. He’s a regular writer on the topic of entrepreneurship for Contently.com and his writing has appeared in Mashable. He has been blogging on natecooper.co since 2005 and building websites professionally since 1997.
Scott is a freelance web designer and developer as well as the Senior Training Consultant for Macmillan Publishing. At Noble Desktop, he teaches classes on web design and HTML email. You can check out his web site at scottvrable.com.
Dan runs Good Eye Video, a video production company for non-profits, educators and social enterprises. This work for change makers of all shapes and sizes has taken him all over the world telling the stories of good people doing good things. With Final Cut Pro as a daily companion, Dan’s editing experience has been varied, exciting and at times more hours per day than recommended. Teaching Final Cut to students from a variety of industries at Noble has been a true joy. Dan holds a B.S. in Television Radio and Film from Syracuse University.
Cody Healey-Conelly is a freelance motion graphics artist and instructor at Noble Desktop. Cody has been teaching at Noble since 2010. When not teaching he can be found riding bikes and taking photographs with vintage cameras and sub-par equipment. Much of his work can be found at syntheticlives.com.
Jeremy started his work at Noble Desktop as a “Jack of All Trades,” and that title may still apply! Jeremy splits his time at Noble between heading back-end development for our website, creating new course material such as PHP/MySQL, editing most every other book, teaching courses, and just about anything else that needs doing. In addition to his web life at Noble, Jeremy avidly pursues music. He has appeared on stages around the world, recorded in studios, and appeared on television programs such as Conan and Carson Daly.
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 2100 industry professionals who have enjoyed our classes and are putting what they learned to use on the job. Read their testimonials.