Creative Workshop: 80 Challenges to Sharpen Your Design Skills

Creative Workshop: 80 Challenges to Sharpen Your Design Skills
By David Sherwin

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Have you ever struggled to complete a design project on time? Or felt that having a tight deadline stifled your capacity for maximum creativity? If so, then this book is for you.

Within Creative Workshop, you'll find 80 creative challenges that will help you achieve a breadth of stronger design solutions, in various media, within any set time period. Exercises range from creating a typeface in an hour to designing a paper robot in an afternoon to designing web pages and other interactive experiences. Each exercise includes compelling visual solutions from other designers and background stories to help you increase your capacity to innovate.

This book also includes useful brainstorming techniques and wisdom from some of today's top designers. By road-testing these techniques as you attempt each challenge, you'll find new and more effective ways to solve tough design problems and bring your solutions to vibrant life.


Product Details

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #23390 in Books
  • Brand: HOW Design
  • Published on: 2010-11-24
  • Released on: 2010-11-24
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: 10.00" h x .60" w x 8.00" l, 1.65 pounds
  • Binding: Paperback
  • 256 pages

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Editorial Reviews

From the Back Cover
"This book will help you connect the eye to the brain to the hand, so you won't have to search for inspiration the next time you generate a design."
--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 Sherwin is an interaction designer and creative director with a depth of expertise in developing compelling solutions for challenging business problems. His first book was Creative Workshop: 80 Challenges to Sharpen Your Design Skills (HOW Books).

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.


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful.
5Great book. Reminds me of taking art classes in ...
By John Shpati
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. Beautiful book.

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful.
5It's like a crossword puzzle book for artists... keeps your mind sharp! Great graduation gift for my sister!
By Madison
I got this for my sister as a high school graduation present last May because she's now in college, majoring in graphic design. It's a really fantastic way to sharpen your creativity and graphic design perspective, both of which are important in her graphic design coursework. The challenges each center on one common theme, like using as little white space as possible, for example. I personally think it's a great way to prepare for working in the real world, where you may encounter strange requests like those in this book. By practicing these challenges, you're preparing yourself for those types of design obstacles. My sister also says the challenges are completely repeatable, especially since there are so many in this book. By the time she gets around to repeating a challenge, she's already learned so much more in her classes that she's able to come at the challenge from a totally new perspective. All in all, I'd definitely recommend this to challenge the minds of budding or even experienced graphic designers! Think of it like a crossword puzzle book for artists... keeps the mind sharp! :)

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful.
5EXCELLENT. FILLED WITH IMAGINATION AND EXAMPLES AND EXCERCISES
By curious child
I am self teaching myself how to be a graphic designer and finding my own voice.

THis book is much more difficult if your not in school as a graphic design student or your already graduated. However, i bought this book anyways to get my ideas going. It really gave me a good understanding of the concepts in the bigger picture. the exercises are truly challenging.

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