InfoGrenade was started with a different teaching methodology than most books. Our idea is to present information in a way in which people can easily understand it. So many times books provide information that students can only understand if they already know the subject matter. We are dedicated to the simplification of the learning curve, to portray information in the most comprehensible manner we can fathom. Sometimes that is showing a screen capture of the software, and other times it requires showing an abstract of the material at hand.
Different people learn in different ways.
“One of the most common and widely-used categorizations of the various types of learning styles is Fleming's VARK model (sometimes VARK) which expanded upon earlier Neuro-linguistic programming (VARK) models: visual learners, auditory learners, kinesthetic learners or tactile learners. Fleming claimed that visual learners have a preference for seeing (think in pictures, visual aids such as overhead slides, diagrams, handouts, etc.). Auditory learners best learn through listening (lectures, discussions, tapes, etc.). Tactile/kinesthetic learners prefer to learn via experience—moving, touching, and doing (active exploration of the world, science projects, experiments, etc.). Its use in pedagogy allows teachers to prepare classes that address each of these areas. Students can also use the model to identify their preferred learning style and maximize their educational experience by focusing on what benefits them the most."—http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Learning_styles
Have you ever tried to follow a tutorial from a book? When you go to your computer and then return to the book, you have lost your place. You may have to re-read or skip over critical information. Many video tutorials out there cover the same information repeatedly, to the point that viewers become disinterested and lose focus. Also, most video tutorials do a really bad job of showing the “why.”
Why not use technology to simplify things?
Isn’t that the whole reason behind technology? When did people lose that simple idea? So many Photoshop tutorial websites and disc-based training media are set up to have you follow along with a presenter as they work to produce a final piece of media. The problem with this approach is that you build their final media. The good thing is that you get to watch, or read, all the steps to follow along with them. InfoGrenade uses the best of this idea—video tutorials, so you can follow the presenter. This way you can find out where the menus and buttons are located, and you can learn the tips and techniques to move your project along. Although the same images are available for you to download and use, for the ease of learning, you are encouraged to use your graphics and your images. Use the movies to learn the toolset of Photoshop, not to reproduce the same images as the presenter. InfoGrenade also steps beyond the Photoshop interface to describe some lessons abstractly, to better explain complex concepts. We use technology to help build better training aids, so our customers can better understand those concepts.
One format is not enough.
Have you bought any other eBooks? Did they work the same across different platforms, like computers and iPads? If they do work on both platforms they probably didn’t have very many features. More likely than not, they were just the electronic versions of the same static printed copy. Why? The answer to that simple three-letter question is very complicated. But a simple answer is that they are different. The iPad is vastly different than the computer. Therefore each format either needs to be greatly different or watered down to fit on across both systems. At InfoGrenade we believe these features enhance the learning experience. Therefore the iPad version is very close to the same as the PDF version and visa versa.
The people behind InfoGrenade.
John Wilbanks started InfoGrenade with a simple idea—use technology to present information in a manor that is easy to comprehend, even for the most complex subjects. It is this idea that launched the company. John has been involved in training people for decades. He started as an instructor at Special Forces Qualification Course, yes that's the school where they train Green Berets. He taught at the Weapons Branch, primarily Heavy Weapons, in the second phase of the course. After he left the Army, and while still in college he began making movies that help describe how electronic parts work for the Optoelectronics’ Department at The University of Colorado in Boulder, for the development of their new online school. Since then he has taught at The Art Institute of Colorado in the Digital Filmmaking and Video Production program, as well as the Graphic Design and Photography programs. He also teaches for Colorado Technical University, and online at the International Academy of Design and Technology in Tampa, Florida.
One man cannot do it all by himself; many individuals and companies have helped in the entire development of InfoGrenade. First and foremost we would like to thank David Priest and Shadow Play Films, for their many selfless contributions in equipment, knowledge, and images for the Photoshop project. Thanks to Matthew Leach for the collaboration and movement in getting the ball rolling. Thank you Sheree Goecke for putting up with my hastiness in typing; thanks for catching all my errors—you rock! Website Coding Monster—Michael Reed, you are the man, typing in a language that is nothing short of alien. A big thanks goes out to Michael Cornelison, and Karen Lindsey for providing photos.