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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.
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.
Content: 4 out of 5
The challenges are great lessons to hone design skills. The teacher's guide actually is useful for teaching. The organization of the book is an excellent design example. The only tool that I wished the book contained was "best" solutions for the design challenges. It is even useful to budding and novice designers. It also presents challenges for master designers.
Readability: 5 out of 5
This book is easy to understand. I recommend it to creatives in a variety of fields.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book. Reminds me of taking art classes in college. This book forces you to do projects that you may not be comfortable with but will increase your artistic skills. Read morePublished 2 months ago by John Shpati
I got this for my sister as a high school graduation present last May because she's now in college, majoring in graphic design. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Madison
Gave this to my friend who is a Graphics Designer, it has been a year now and she constantly refers to the book for inspiration and ideas, very useful tool to have for those in the... Read morePublished 4 months ago by escentialplus