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Promote Thyself


I’ve worked for HOW for nearly seven years and have found myself being not only a curator of content on topics — like self-promotion — but also a student as I edit every piece written on the topic by pros and write about interviews I’ve conducted with designers who are shining examples, including past winners in HOW’s Promotion & Marketing Awards.

Designing Civic Engagement, One Person at a Time


When faced with the challenge of how to improve a city, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Infrastructure?

Design Studio Spotlight: Double Standards


HOW Design Live is the biggest gathering of creative professionals anywhere. You and your design studio or in-house team are invited to join us as we celebrate our 25th anniversary in Chicago May 4–8 with what is sure to be the most inspiring, informational, educational, and talked-about HDL yet.

ICYMI: Fantastic New Speakers at HOW Design Live


HOW Design Live’s programming team continues to add new speakers and session information to the lineup for the event in May.

Design Army’s Short Film for The Washington Ballet


HOW Design Live is the biggest gathering of creative professionals anywhere. You’re invited to join us as we celebrate our 25th anniversary in Chicago May 4–8 with what is sure to be the most inspiring, informational, educational, and talked-about HDL yet.

10 Free Wallpapers by Jim Krause


If you’ve heard of the consistently remarkable logo designer, photographer, typography master and color connoisseur Jim Krause, you already know about his brilliant and whimsical antics.

Why Your Brand’s Visuals Matter More Now Than Ever Before


  Special Advertising Note: The following sponsored content is brought to you courtesy of WebDAM, one of HOW’s trusted partners.

Make It Flatter: The Yosemite Backlash


Whether you’re searching for inspiration or want to enhance your design skills—or, like most of us, both—you’ll find what you need at HOW Design Live.

An Evolving Landscape: Pantone’s Fall Fashion Colors


Each year, Pantone releases seasonal fashion reports, highlighting all of the Pantone colors you’ll see in the fashion world for the upcoming season.

A Brief History of Web Design


Meet the people who have influenced the history of web design and graphic design at HOW Design Live 2015 in Chicago, May 4-8.

5 Reasons Why You Need a Design Blog


Looking to build your network outside of your design blog? Join us at HOW Design Live 2015 in Chicago to meet the industry’s most esteemed creative professionals and learn from their expertise.

Just a Reminder: Your Business Is Not About You


It’s a tricky concept but essential, so I’ll keep harping on it. So many aspects of your creative business are actually not about you.

5 Ways to Present Your Online Design Portfolio


Special Advertising Note: The following sponsored content is brought to you courtesy of Squarespace, one of HOW’s trusted partners.

Sam Harrison on Non-Sucky Meetings


There’s a reason why Sam Harrison is a multi-repeat presenter at HOW Design Live. Well, several reasons.

3 Serious Reasons to Design Funny


Editor’s Note: The following is an excerpt from Design Funny by Heather Bradley. Give your design work a good sense of humor with Design Funny by Heather Bradley, former creative director for Cheezburger and LOL Cats.

HDL 2015 Speaker Podcast Series (Ep. 1): Aaron Draplin


We’re kicking off the HDL 2015 Speaker Podcast Series with Aaron Draplin. Listen to it here…. In this podcast interview with Ilise Benun, of Marketing-Mentor.com and HDL Programming Partner for the “Creative Business” program, Aaron Draplin talks about how he has built his “merch store” (which now sells 140 items) and gives a little taste of the talk he’ll be giving at HOW Design Live in Chicago (May 4-8).

How to Woo: An Illustrated, Interactive Mock Dating Guide


Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Scrawl Magazine has released the endlessly charming How to Woo, an animated digital handbook that outlines to the do’s and don’ts of dating.

CCS Summit 2015: Designing Experiences That Delight & Engage


Special Advertising Note: The following sponsored content is provided by one of HOW’s trusted partners, the College for Creative Studies.

If you don’t know who your target market is….


I’m in a Facebook group where last week a designer posted his portfolio and wanted feedback. It was difficult to provide much feedback, however,  because he hadn’t tailored his portfolio for anyone in particular.

Edgy Design from The Bold Creative


Hear from the boldest names, the sharpest minds and the boundary breakers at HOW Design Live. Join us as we celebrate our 25th anniversary in Chicago May 4-8.


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