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Creative Workshop: 80 Challenges to Sharpen Your Design Skills [Kindle Edition]

David Sherwin
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Book Description

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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About the Author

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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 10133 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: HOW Books; 1 edition (28 Oct. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0054JTI46
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #91,534 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful inspiring book! 23 Feb. 2012
By Gemma
I brought this book to inspire me into creating some portfolio peices to put together to get into a Graphic Design degree course.

It has 80 exercises to help you get the creative juices flowing.

Some of the activities are aimed at more experienced designers. However, you can improvise on some of the exercises if you lack certain skills as I do.

It's straight forward, also provides you with completed examples of the exercises to point you in the right direction.

From beginner to experienced designer wanting to brush up on how you work. I would recommend this book!

It looks nice, it reads well and the price makes it a bargain!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A friend indeed! 24 Sept. 2012
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Anytime I feel stuck with my work, or whenever I need to challenge my brain and get out of daily routine, this book is there, just like any best friend would be.

They way the challenges are structured and presented, the give you the opportunity to alter them, or make improvisations. Also, every challenge features solutions from various creatives that undertook them, as well as an introductory or background story for each activity.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and useful book 28 May 2012
By ik
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This is a really great book! Very helpful in creating a portfolio. The challenges are interesting and stimulating (and on the top of the 80 from the book there are a few extras available online). The author gives some handy hints about staying creative, learning new skills and managing the time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quick guide in the use of intuition. 24 Feb. 2012
This book contains exercises in the use of inspiration and intuition in a tightpacked day-to-day work schedule. It's primary goel is to achieve speed and fluency.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent choice for a gift! 14 Jan. 2013
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I bought it as a gift for my boyfriend, as a Christmas present. He finds it really interesting and has become very enthusiastic with its work challenges that puts the readers in.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good idea 27 Feb. 2013
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Every designer needs a push every now and again, sometimes we get in a design rut doing the same old same old and do not push ourselves enough to reach the next level.

This book challenges you to create new things and allows your imagination to roam free rather than being stifled by a client who has their own ideas and boundaries. This is like playtime but taken seriously can help you expand your ideas and push your designs. Some ideas are a little similar to other 30 day challenges found across the web but there is enough here to keep you active.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Seriously excellent 25 July 2014
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I bought this book to try and develop my skills ahead of applying for a Graphic Design degree, and it has done its job perfectly. The tasks are unique, creative and challenging... as well as a lot of fun! I can already see how my abilities are improving, after only completing a few challenges so far.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book 29 Dec. 2012
Product: This is a good book just for general reference - it doesn't describe the full depth of the design processes and the types of design work but it is good for those who are starting out in the design world.
Price: Reasonably priced.
Delivery: Promptly delivered.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a good book
I love this book. Have bought may design books over the years and this is the most useful. Projects to sharpen the mind and focus effort. Its jolly good. Read more
Published 1 month ago by cc
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
Brilliant book full of assorted briefs varying in difficulties/experience.
An all round design book, perfect for a wide range portfolio!
Published 2 months ago by Danielle
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
I bought it as a present - he liked it
Published 3 months ago by Emerald Mermaid
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 4 months ago by Chris D's
5.0 out of 5 stars A good book for creating mini projects with deadlines and challenging...
Excited to get going on these projects! A good book for creating mini projects with deadlines and challenging yourself to stick to them.
Published 4 months ago by Spam
5.0 out of 5 stars The book was in great condition when I received it and it had plenty...
The book was in great condition when I received it and it had plenty of ideas on how to get busy on new projects. A good idea for anyone who is trying to build a design portfolio. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Laura
3.0 out of 5 stars No Complaints
Was present. No complaints from recipient (who is fussy).
Published 9 months ago by Paul J Oakley
1.0 out of 5 stars not what i was expecting :/
maybe I misunderstood the book content :(

this is just to help u getting ideas, I mean stuuf like what should u do to get ideas.
Published 14 months ago by bloody27
5.0 out of 5 stars very happy with the book
This is one of the best design books I have. the exercises make you think and you really learn stuff.I recommend it to everyone - from beginners to pros.
Published 14 months ago by mira
5.0 out of 5 stars Great projects in 1 book
This book offers the variety of different projects.
It comes in a different chapters which are very helpful to generate new ideas. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Dadosata
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