Mike Ernst

Mike Ernst is an urban planner and designer whose work has focused on participatory planning, community outreach and innovative urban design through creative and engaging visual communication. 

LinkedIn for Planners

LinkedIn is an undervalued tool for professional networking and crafting your online identity. This course gives a step-by-step guide to setting up your LinkedIn profile and using it to your best advantage...

55 min
Photoshop CS5 for Planners - Introduction

Design professionals widely recognize Adobe Photoshop as the premier image editing software, with many valuable applications for urban planning. This course gives planners a step-by-step introduction to the...

86 min AICP CM, CNU-A
Photoshop CS5 for Planners - Intermediate

Design professionals widely recognize Adobe Photoshop as the premier image editing software, with many valuable applications for urban planning. This course builds upon the Introduction to Photoshop course...

131 min AICP CM, CNU-A
Photoshop CS5 for Planners - Advanced

Adobe Photoshop is widely recognized among design professionals as the premier image editing software, with a great many valuable applications for urban planning. This course builds upon the Introduction to...

116 min AICP CM, CNU-A
Illustrator for Planners - Introduction

Adobe Illustrator is widely recognized among design professionals as the premier vector drawing software, with many valuable design and mapping applications for urban planning. This course gives you a step-...

100 min AICP CM, CNU-A
Illustrator for Planners - Intermediate

Adobe Illustrator is widely recognized among design professionals as the premier vector drawing software, with many valuable design and mapping applications for urban planning. This course builds upon the...

102 min AICP CM, CNU-A
Illustrator for Planners - Advanced

Adobe Illustrator is widely recognized among design professionals as the premier vector drawing software, with many valuable design and mapping applications for urban planning. This course builds upon the...

101 min AICP CM, CNU-A
InDesign for Planners - An Introduction

Adobe InDesign is widely recognized among design professionals as the premier document layout software, with a number of valuable applications for urban planning. This course gives you a step-by-step...

104 min AICP CM, CNU-A
InDesign for Planners - Intermediate

Adobe InDesign is widely recognized among design professionals as the premier document layout software, with a number of valuable applications for urban planning. This course builds upon the Introduction to...

74 min AICP CM, CNU-A
InDesign for Planners - Advanced

Adobe InDesign is widely recognized among design professionals as the premier document layout software, with a number of valuable applications for urban planning. This course builds upon the Introduction...

61 min AICP CM, CNU-A
Visual Simulation: Advanced Rendering in SketchUp

In this course, you'll learn to create an advanced rendering of a SketchUp site model, using a free third-party renderer called Kerkythea to design realistic lighting and shading. Then add...

47 min AICP CM
Visual Simulation: Rendering Styles and Presentation with SketchUp

Learn to create finalized drawings in SketchUp that look more hand drawn than photorealistic. Using SketchUp and Adobe Photoshop, this course will help you take more control over final images than possible...

30 min AICP CM
GIS Fundamentals: An Introduction

This first of a series of courses covering Geographic information Systems (GIS) will guide beginners interested in learning more about GIS, especially with the use of Esri's ArcGIS software.


57 min AICP CM, CNU-A
GIS Fundamentals: Projections and Map Design

The course will continue core concepts of GIS that began in the first course, including projections, coordinate systems, cartography, and the difference between raster and vector data models.

109 min AICP CM, CNU-A
GIS Fundamentals: Thematic Maps

This third GIS Fundamentals course covers the basics of making several kinds of thematic maps, including choropleth, dot density, and proportional symbol maps.


56 min AICP CM, CNU-A
GIS Fundamentals: Importing, Selecting, and Managing Data

The fourth installment of the Geographic Information Systems Fundamentals series explains how to configure data sets, including advanced methods for selecting data through spatial and SQL queries, working...

56 min AICP CM, CNU-A
GIS Fundamentals: Geocoding, Geoprocessing, and Online Sharing

This fifth installment of the GIS Fundamentals series provides instruction on how to geocode addresses, the basics of geoprocessing, and the use of ArcGIS Online for collaborative mapping and processing.

55 min AICP CM, CNU-A
Photoshop CC for Planners 1: Basic Functions

Adobe Photoshop CC is widely recognized among design professionals as the premier image editing software, with a number of useful applications for urban planning. This course gives you a step-by-step...

65 min AICP CM, CNU-A
Photoshop CC for Planners 2: More Tools and Techniques

This course builds upon the first Photoshop CC course, giving you step-by-step instructions on how to use more complex tools and techniques in the program. 

59 min AICP CM, CNU-A
Photoshop CC for Planners 3: Advanced Techniques

This course builds upon the first two courses in the "Photoshop CC for Planners" series. In this installment, we'll cover more advanced functions in the program and start building a digital library, which...

63 min AICP CM, CNU-A
Photoshop CC for Planners 4: Creating Visual Simulations

In this course, we'll use the skills and techniques covered in the previous three Photoshop CC courses to create an advanced visual simulation of a re-imagined public space.

76 min AICP CM, CNU-A
CartoDB for Planners

In this course, we'll cover the web interface of CartoDB, an innovative online mapping platform. Learn how to setup a basic map, add data from ArcGIS and other sources, and publish your map on the web.

63 min AICP CM, CNU-A