The Artists of Alva: Brian Tighe

Be True to Yourself


Brian Tighe believes in the familiar phrase, “When one door closes another door opens.” His experiences in life, both good and bad, drive him to be a better artist and a better person. Though his greatest passion is art, Brian’s ultimate goal is to bring a positive light into the world.

Like most budding artists, Brian started out doodling in his notebook during class. Unfortunately school was not a riveting experience for him. Not only was there a lack of art classes growing up, but also most of his general courses simply didn’t grab his attention.

“I really didn’t think school was my thing to begin with,” Brian said. “But I enjoyed it more towards the end when my degree got more specific.”

He grew up watching a lot of Disney animated movies and was intrigued by their productions. When Brian watched Finding Nemo for the first time in 2003, he was blown away by the incredible quality of the film and the 3D animations. He decided that was the direction he wanted to go in for his career—making animated art. Continue reading


Behind the Scenes at AlvaEDU

Last week, we posted a video about President and CEO Tim Loudermilk and some of the great aspects of working at AlvaEDU. This week we have a fun behind the scenes video, where we take a look at what it takes to develop and produce a piece at our Damage Studios.

Creating videos is part of our services at AlvaEDU. Whether you need a full course, or just an engaging video for your classroom, AlvaEDU can produce what you need for your eLearning to be at its best. Contact us today to discuss how we can meet your unique needs. We’d love to join you in creating innovating education for your classroom. Click here to see a list of our services. 

Inside AlvaEDU: A Look at Our Partnerships

We are excited to share with you the third video in the Dr. James Canton Interview Series. This week we are taking a look at our strategic partnerships with leading universities, and why top-quality content is paramount in designing an online course. We hope you enjoy watching this conversation between our CEO and Founder Tim Loudermilk, and futurist and author, Dr. James Canton. Damage Studios has four more videos left in this special series, so stick around the Lab and see what we are innovating in education.


The Future of Education: AlvaEDU’s Proprietary Technology

This is our second video in the Dr. James Canton Interview Series. In this episode, AlvaEDU CEO and Founder, Tim Loudermilk, talks with Dr. Canton about the new technology we have to offer leading universities and the world of education.

This new technology is a part of a new paradigm for learning, with exciting graphics and animations, as well as a part of a movement to rethink education in fundamental ways.

Take a look at our video and learn more about this new proprietary technology we are introducing.

Our Friend the Futurist

It’s always good to have a friend who can predict the future, or at least one who is pretty darn good at predicting the future. With all of that knowledge, the possibilities are endless.

Dr. James Canton is a leading global futurist who has been forecasting future trends and innovations for the past 25 years. Recently, he joined the AlvaEDU advisory board and will be a source of knowledge and expertise as our company creates new technologies.

Click the photo to see our behind the scenes pics from the interview!

Click the photo to see our behind the scenes pics from the interview!

Dr. Canton gained a lot of his experience at Apple, working with Steve Jobs as the Business and Strategic Planning Executive. In that role, Dr. Canton worked on the introduction of the Macintosh Computer, artificial intelligence, and next generation computing applications. After years of working for big, high-tech companies, Dr. Canton founded his own organization—The Institute for Global Futures, in San Francisco California.

When he is not creating out in San Francisco, he is advising and inspiring others. Dr. Canton currently sits on a number of high-tech boards in education, mobile commerce, biotech, and IT. He also advises corporations and governments worldwide involving trends in innovation, IT, health care, work, climate, energy, and security. Some of the groups he currently advises include the Whitehouse, MIT, and the National Science Foundation.

We are honored and excited to have Dr. Canton on our advisory board. Recently, our media team filmed a conversation between Dr. Canton and our President, Tim Loudermilk, concerning AlvaEDU, the future, and what lies ahead—not only for us but for the world.

A frequent commentator on news sources like Fox News, CNN, and The New York Times, Dr. Canton will now also be a returning guest in our studio and at our events. This video is the first installment in our series. We will be posting the videos over the next few months, so stay tuned and keep coming back to the lab. There’s a lot of talk about the future left to hear!