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Creative Workshop: 80 Challenges to Sharpen Your Design Skills Paperback – November 24, 2010
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--Michael Surtees, DesignNoted.com
"This book strikes me as a collection of exceedingly useful exercises; not just as a means for practice and exploration, but useful to developing designers in discovering processes that work best for them. In that regard and others, much of what is offered here will serve designers throughout their careers."
--Andy Rutledge, Principal and Chief Design Strategist at Unit Interactive
"Creativity really is mostly perspiration, but it still starts with inspiration, and with this energizing book David Sherwin provides plenty of ways to spark that next great idea. Creative Workshop gives you a toolbox of methods for everything from coming up with an idea to refining and executing it. Just like today's real world of design, the tools freely cross boundaries between graphic, product and interaction design. And because innovative ideas never happen in a vacuum, Sherwin gives each design challenge a clear goal, meaningful context, and some inspirational examples."
--Adam Richardson, Creative Director at frog design and author of Innovation X
About the Author
David is currently an Interaction Design Director at frog, a global innovation firm, where he helps to guide the research, strategy and design of novel products and services for some of today's leading companies and nonprofit organizations. He is also a senior lecturer in the BFA in Interaction Design program at California College of the Arts. He has spoken and conducted workshops at events such as SxSW, Interaction 11, HOW Design Live, as well as at several design schools around the world. His writing has appeared in Smashing Magazine, TheAtlantic.com/Life, A List Apart, PSFK.com, HOW and many other periodicals.
He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife, the poet and writer Mary Paynter Sherwin. In his free time, he maintains the blog ChangeOrder at changeorderblog.com.
Read an excerpt from Creative Workshop. [PDF]
More About the Author
David has spoken at events such as SxSW, Interaction, UX London, and HOW Design Live, as well as taught at California College of the Arts and Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design. His writing has appeared in FastCoDesign, TheAtlantic.com, A List Apart, Smashing Magazine, HOW, and many other periodicals.
He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife, the poet and writer Mary Paynter Sherwin. In his free time, he maintains the blog ChangeOrder at www.changeorderblog.com.
Top Customer Reviews
1) It's a beautiful book. There is design love and care on every page.
2) It's designed for reading and use. It's not a coffee-table book or pretty play thing.
3) There's a free teacher's guide, [...] to help instructors and managers use the book.
4) The inspirations aren't just in the book's design (a common failing in design books), but the stories, and challenging exercises even experienced designers can benefit from. It's an easy book to use for team challenges, offsites and to teach old dogs some new things.
5) It includes exercises from a wide range of kinds of design, which is fun and challenging. Some are print based, others are interactive, or involve urban wayfinding, advertising, web apps, dishware, clothing, you name it. It fulfills the idea of forcing you to stretch your creative muscles.
Highly recommended for people who want to learn by making, and who have some design experience but want to grow and stretch their creative abilities.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book would help out with my portfolio to summit to portfolio school.Published 8 hours ago by Gilbert R Shepherd
Can't get enough of this book!! Best part of my day is doing a new project!!Published 2 months ago by CaniBeeb90
One of my mentor faves book, she used this book whenever we were stuck for ideas. Get this one and use it as often as you can!Published 2 months ago by Sarah-Jane
Amazing teachers aid. I used this book in my GD classes and it was a huge help, both to me and my students. HIGHLY recommended for anyone looking how to channel their creativity.Published 4 months ago by Cooper
This was so fun to dive into. If you're looking for a way to creatively practice your skills I highly recommend this. I only regret not getting a physical copy.Published 5 months ago by Amanda L
Great Brain trainer. Uses great exercises to get past mental blocks for all types of artists and creatives.Published 5 months ago by David Beltran