Creative Workshop:
80 Challenges to Sharpen Your Design Skills

Be more creative on demand and perform at your best.


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.

This design bestseller is used by designers, schools, and corporate design teams worldwide, and has been translated into Standard Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Thai, Russian, and Korean. There is also a free 100-page Teacher’s Guide for those who want to make the most out of using the book in the classroom.

We offer workshops for teams that want to come up with better ideas faster, based on the techniques in this book. Get in touch if you'd like one with your team.

I’ve been around for awhile, and have stacks of books claiming to spark design skills and creative thinking. Most end up in the back corner of the shelf, never living up to their promise. I’m impressed, and happy to say this book is a different breed… 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.
— Scott Berkun, author of The Myths of Innovation and Making Things Happen
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, Head of Design at Dataminr

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