I speak and lead workshops about team leadership, product design, and design thinking.

Below are links to some of my presentations and workshop slide decks. Email david (at) askthesherwins (daht) com if you'd like me to facilitate a workshop or teach a class for your organization, or speak at an upcoming event. My current speaking schedule is available here.

Team Leadership

“What We Stand For,” -ing Creatives, Dubai, 2018 (with Mary Paynter Sherwin)

“An Heir and a Spare: Leading Design Teams in Times of Transition,” HOW Design Live, Leading Design, London, 2016–2017 (with Mary Paynter Sherwin)

“The Design of a UX Decision”, UX Days Tokyo, Japan, 2018 (with Mary Paynter Sherwin)

“How to Make Better Decisions as a Team,” HOW Design Live, 2018, Struktur Event, Portland, 2017 (with Mary Paynter Sherwin)

“Becoming a Design Leader,” AIGA Seattle, HOW Design Live, IVMG Conference, Struktur Event, MailChimp Coffee Hour, ArtCenter College of Design, 2010–2017

“Creating Creative Superteams,” presentation at HOW Design Live, Boston, 2014

“Envisioning the Balance: The Dynamic Role of Design in Entrepreneurship,” Kansas City Design Week, Missouri, 2014

“My Top 10 Design Business Failures,” HOW Design Live, HOW Interactive Design Conference, & SCAD, 2013

"Making Clients Part of the Design Process," HOW Design Live, 2012

“Following the Green,” AIGA Seattle, 2010–2015 (with David Conrad)

Product Design

“Futurecasting: A Hands-On Workshop for Product Designers,” UX London, 2018; Struktur Event, Portland, 2017 (with Mary Paynter Sherwin)

“Effective Workshop Design for UX Designers,” UX Days Tokyo, Japan, 2018 (with Mary Paynter Sherwin)

“Bringing Users Into Your Process with Participatory Design,” Agile UX Online Conference 2017, UX Week, Interaction 13, 2013–2017 (with Erin Sanders)

“You’ve Only Got Two Eyeballs: Designing Products for the Responsive Web,” workshop at HOW Design Live, 2016 (with Drew Bridewell)

“Off the Page, Into the Wild: Designing for the Internet of Things,” Workshop at HOW Design Live, 2014 (with Jennifer Dunnam)

“Designing for Positive Behaviors and Habits,” HOW Interactive Design Conference, SF & Chicago, 2014

“Know Thy User: The Role of Research in Great Interactive Design,” HOW Interactive Design Conference, 2012

“The Language of Interaction,” public lecture, Emily Carr University, March 2011

“Designing the Design Problem,” lectures at Carnegie Mellon University/AIGA Pittsburgh + University of Washington + Microsoft, 2010–2011

“Information Architecture: Making Information Accessible and Usable,” HOW Interactive Design Conference

“Prototyping Interaction with Video Scenarios,” AIGA Seattle Make-a-Thon, 2010 (with Aaron Rincover)

Design Thinking

"Designing the Future of Discourse," Hopscotch Design Festival, Raleigh, NC, 2016 (with Mary Paynter Sherwin)

“Investing In Local Communities by Sharing the Power of Design,” SCAD, 2013

“Design Is Hacking How We Learn,” AIGA Seattle Into the Woods, 2012

“Using the frog Collective Action Toolkit,” The Feast Conference, 2012

“Better Ideas Faster: How to Brainstorm More Effectively,” How Design Live, Intel Labs, AIGA Pittsburgh, 2010–2011

“Creative Workshop” Author’s Talk, South by Southwest Interactive, 2011

Teaching in Academic Institutions

Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design (2014–Present)

Mary Paynter Sherwin and I are visiting faculty members in CIID's Interaction Design Programme, where we teach "Team Building: Collaboration Practices for Interaction Designers" and "Reflection Week". Additionally, we have co-taught the following courses:  "Introduction to Interaction Design," "Happily Ever After: Storytelling Techniques in Interaction Design," "Workability: Techniques for Better Design," and "Designing for Disagreement."

California College of the Arts (2011–2014, 2017)

In 2017, Mary Paynter Sherwin and I worked as adjunct faculty members in CCA's MDes in Interaction Design, where we taught a 3-week intensive class in the use and ethics of story in interaction design.

I was a founding faculty member in the BFA in Interaction Design Program, and taught a semester-long class from 2011 to 2014 on the role of storytelling in interaction design. In 2014, our program was named the best academic user experience design program in the Design for Experience awards.


Corporate Training and Workshop Facilitation

These are a few of the organizations I've facilitated workshops at and provided training for, both through my company Ask The Sherwins LLC and my work at frog.

Amazon Design Group, Cella Consulting, Danish Institute for Study Abroad, DARPA, Designmatters at ArtCenter College of Design, Intel Labs, Kiewit, Learni.st, MailChimp, Microsoft, Rehabstudio, Riot Games, SAP Design Thinking, Savannah Housing Authority, UCSF, UNICEF Innovation Labs, World Economic Forum

Contact Me

Email: david (at) askthesherwins (daht) com.