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My First Book "Creative Workshop" Is Officially Out!

Creative Workshop: Cover

It's official! My first book, Creative Workshop: 80 Challenges to Sharpen Your Design Skills, is out now from HOW Books. You can purchase it from,,, or from a fine bookstore near you. You can also check out the first 24 pages FREE on Scribd.

For those of you who have been seeking class worksheets, I've posted to SlideShare handouts that describe timeboxing and brainstorming methods from Creative Workshop, suitable for classroom use. You should also download the free e-book, Creative Workshop: Teacher's Guide.

The official copy from the back cover:

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.

Here's a few kind words from designers that had a chance to review the book when it was in galley:

"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,
"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

More photos of some book spreads:

Creative Workshop: Title Page

Creative Workshop: Contents Page

Creative Workshop: Chapter Break

Creative Workshop: Example Spread

Creative Workshop Challenge 45: Robot Army Mail-Order Kit

Creative Workshop Challenge 57: Biodegradeable Backyard


Ashley Marcus

Congrats, David!!!


Hey David,
Bought this a week ago. It's an excellent piece of work. You should be proud.

Aynex Mercado

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Jeff LaCoste

I bought mine the other day online at HOW books, can't wait to get it in the mail. Kudos David!


Our creative department just finished challenge #1. What a blast we had and are all looking forward to the next challenge! Great stuff!


Loved your book presentation at SXSW - it got me so inspired to exercise my design muscles (I'm notorious for falling back on the same few problem-solving methods). I tried to buy the book immediately but the conference's bookstore was sold out - am now getting it via Amazon. Looking forward to the challenges!


love the book! a great addition to my collection, i'm already recommending it and i got it today! thanks!


Love the book! Designers need more books like this. We are visual, so our resources and inspiration must be just that...visually stimulating to hold our, sometimes, short attention spans. Kudos to pulling it off with lovely design and lots of fun exercises!

Serge Aurubin

I am only on the first few pages of the book and it is absolutely awesome. My creatively and problem solving have increased dramatically. Thanks a million!!!


i love this book :)

Sue Hersey

Hi David,
I saw you at the HOWidc in SF and became a fan. At work we are running a poster & web banner design contest and I want to give a copy of your book as a prize (ok, incentive). Is it possible for me to get an AUTOGRAPHED copy of your book within the next 2 weeks? Will send money and an address if you say yes!
Sue Hersey
Technical Communications Group
MIT Lincoln Laboratory, Lexington, MA

David Sherwin

Yes, send me your email!


Hi David,
congratulations on your great book. At the moment, I am trying to work through all the challenges in order on One thing though: The fact that the challenges in the book are right next to some of the solutions from your seminars tends to get me biased toward one way or the other. Well, maybe that's just me..
Keep up the good work &
Cheers from Germany



This is the book I've been waiting for!!


I love the book, thank you so much

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