Creative Workshop: 80 Challenges to Sharpen Your Design Skills

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HOW Books, Nov 24, 2010 - Design - 231 pages
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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 these pages, 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.

Creative Workshop 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.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Foundation
11
Execution
47
Materiality
94
Instruction
121
Observation
136
Innovation
152
Interpretation
181
Acknowledgments
225
Resources
226
Exercise Index
228
Permissions
229
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About the author (2010)

David Sherwin is a Senior Interaction Designer at frog design, 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. David is an active speaker and teacher, and his writing has appeared in A List Apart, Design Mind, and other periodicals. He has worked at a wide range of creative agencies, from large marketing consultancies to smaller interactive agencies for clients such as AT&T, Cingular Wireless, Holland America Line, Onyx, Microsoft, Toshiba, and many others. He currently lives in Seattle with his wife, the poet Mary Paynter Sherwin. In his free time, he maintains the blog ChangeOrder: Business + Process of Design at http://changeorderblog.com.

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