I help people unlock their potential through design.
Hi, I’m David. Nice to meet you.
Over two decades, I’ve worked as a design leader and writer focused on helping people become better problem solvers and team collaborators.
I’m co-founder of Ask The Sherwins, LLC with Mary Paynter Sherwin. We help organizations develop the capabilities they need for better cross-functional teamwork, research, and design. This includes the development of bespoke training programs and toolkits, workflow and process auditing, org design, and coaching and advising teams on projects that require new skills. Most recently, we've been working with Philips Oral Healthcare, Google UX Community and Culture, Eventbrite, AT&T Design Technology, Tipping Point Community, MetaLab Design, and Designlab Learning.
In past roles, I was an Interaction Design Director at frog, where I co-authored frog’s Collective Action Toolkit. I've also led in-house product and service design teams, including those focused on online learning through Lynda.com and LinkedIn Learning. From 2014–2019, I served as a Fellow at frog, advising projects focused on social impact, education, organizational change, and other topics. In 2019, I was an Interim Executive Creative Director in frog’s San Francisco studio.
My new book, co-authored with Mary Paynter Sherwin, is Turning People into Teams: Rituals and Routines that Redesign How We Work (Berrett-Koehler, distributed by Penguin Random House). My other books on design include the bestseller Creative Workshop: 80 Challenges to Sharpen Your Design Skills and Success by Design: The Essential Business Reference for Designers. I write regularly here on the intersection of life and design.
I am currently a core faculty member at Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design and an Assistant Professor in the MFA in Collaborative Design at Pacific Northwest College of Art. I regularly speak and teach at corporations, nonprofit organizations, and schools worldwide.
If you'd like to chat, get in touch at david (at) askthesherwins (daht) com.