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The Imagineering Workout: Exercises to Shape Your Creative Muscles

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You've been told how to think "out of the box," and even been told to throw the box away, but really, isn't it time someone taught you how to create your own box in the first place? The Imagineering Workout: Exercises to Shape your Creative Muscles, will do just that, with interactive, ingenious, and practical exercises that will stimulate your imagination, tone your creat ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published July 1st 2005 by Disney Editions
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I bought this book in Disneyland because I was feeling so creatively inspired and wanted to take some of that feeling home with me. It did the job. The book is full of ideas to help jump start creativity with literal activities as well as ideas to consider. I was able to use this to help my students at school in the 2010-2011 school year when we were all new at making a yearbook. It worked well, so I am planning on using it during the 2012-2013 year when I have yet another brand new yearbook sta ...more
I have to admire editor Peggy Van Pelt. I imagine it took a lot of work to gather material from so many people who likely had more pressing priorities. There are well over a hundred contributors, all of them Disney employees. She then had to arrange the contributions in ordered sections, and managed to make each to conform to a consistent format, with most having an overview, a highlighted action step section, and a conclusion. Getting a lot of different people to deliver material in a consisten ...more
Christopher Luna
I love this very short, illustrative book for three reasons:

One: Simple. The book gets right to the point. Imagineers step forward and give you their take on what creativity means to them, and how they employ it. Each section is signed by the imagineer that wrote it, and there are examples that accompany nearly every chapter.

Two: Fun. The Imagineering Workout Uses examples right out of the Disney parks, movies, rides, offices ... you name it! There are wonderful, optimistic and friendly pieces o
Heidi Miller
My husband and I used to be Disney Cast Members and still vacation at Walt Disney World every summer with my family so we're entrenched in all things Disney and still draw inspiration from the company's creativity. Each morning we'd get a shot of that creativity by reading a selection from The Imagineering Workout over tea and cereal. It was a great way to start our day. We may have to start over again now.
John Mueller
The book is a grouping of recommendations from people in the animation (and creativity) industry. A simple read with several good take aways. Although I don't agree with everyone of the contributors style, I enjoyed reading from their perspective in one book. That triggers me to look deeper into their writings and suggestions in other books (and blogs).
Fill Marc
A good primer on cultivating and fostering a creative mind written by employees at Walt Disney Imagineering. Each person gives a tip or an exercise that they've learned from their own experience in tackling creative problems. It contains a lot of great advice on just how to get your creative juices flowing. I'd recommend this to any artist or anyone in a creative field. I found the last 20% of the book to be especially useful with tips on how to deal with creative blocks, and staying optimistic, ...more
Ryk Stanton
Who would have thought that a book on creativity produced by Disney would be such a drag? Actually, I think the book has quite a bit of value ... but not for me. I read my way through it all, but little of it sank in. I do have a friend that I think would benefit from a greatly, I plan to give her the book the next time I see her: she's got a great imagination
Joseph McGee
For anybody who is involved, even remotely, with any creative project/concept. For teachers, for parents, for anyone desiring to reach and implement more of their imagination, to live creatively. This book is an ABSOLUTE TREASURE. Can be read, reread and visited during periods of creative sluggishness or at high peaks of full motor creation. This book has a prominent spot on my shelf.
I picked this book up a few years ago while in the airport on the way home from a business trip - I started reading it on the plane and broke all my rules about not working on planes! It made me come up with some great ideas that I was too excited not to work on. (= It's awesome for work, home or any area that you want to look at in new creative ways.
Josh McConnell
Written by the imagineers at Walt Disney Company, this book is a tool to help people think outside of the box and be more creative in your career / work. Of course, some principles can be used in any setting, but the primary focus is helping you achieve more creativity. Does it work? Part common sense, part new ideas... I'd say it's not too bad.
I loved this book. It is easy to read and fun with it's quotes and illustrations. It focuses on curing your writer's block, looking at projects from multiple perspectives, getting your initial idea, and working with a team. I really enjoyed reading this book and am itching go go be creative, NOW!
Time to think out of the box and not worry about whether or not the box was constructed of pine, spruce, maple, or oak. Everyone has great ideas, and everyone has writer's block. What counts is what you do about them.
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Found this on the March 2011 trip. Looks fantastic! Enjoying this tremendously. Getting the creative juices flowing.
This is fun primer for the creative process.
David Lee
It's really really really really helpful.
I use some of this with my students
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