About HOW

Founded in 1985, the HOW brand began its life as a print magazine. Today, the brand still includes an award-winning design magazine, but has grown to encompass a host of products and events including several design competitions, HOW U’s online design courses, design books (available at MyDesignShop.com) and more. Whether you work for a design firm, for an in-house creative department or for yourself, it’s our mission to serve the business, creativity and technology needs of graphic designers.

HOW Magazine - Award Winning Magazine for Graphic Designers

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HOW magazine provides a practical mix of essential business information, up-to-date technology tips, the creative whys and hows behind noteworthy projects, and profiles of professionals who are influencing design. This award-winning design magazine began the HOW brand.

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HOW Books provide advice, inspiration, tools and entertainment for creative people. While we publish a variety of books, the common thread is our dedication to top-notch design. HOW books are intriguing, useful, beautiful, provocative — or all of the above. All of our design books can be purchased in our official online store — MyDesignShop.com.


HOWdesign.com is the source for everything HOW. Find the best advice for success in your freelance, design firm or in-house career. Tap into inspiration galore in terms of cutting edge design projects, information about specific disciplines, and interactive content to keep you at the front of the pack. Plus, stay connected to what’s in the newest issue of the design magazine.

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Our marquee event HOW Design Live is comprised of the HOW Design, HOW Leadership, The Dieline Packaging, In-House Management and Creative Business Programs. HOW Design Live offers BOTH the creative inspiration to rekindle your passion for your work PLUS the tactical, take-home information you need to achieve and advance in your career. HOW has its finger on the pulse of the creative industry and delivers practical sessions that address the challenges you face today — the program changes every year to meet your needs, and it’s never the same event twice. HOW Design Live is where creative professionals in all disciplines with a range of experience come to learn from the brightest minds in the creative industry — and beyond. It’s where you can discover new ideas, new sources of inspiration, new skills, new connections with other creative professionals. HOW Design Live is where you can get face-to-face with brand leaders, big thinkers and design heroes—in sessions both large and small.  It is the biggest and best gathering of creative professionals anywhere! The 2015 event takes place in Chicago May 4-8 and is sure to be the most inspiring, informational, educational, and talked-about HOW Design Live yet. Learn more about HOW Design Live.

At the HOW Interactive Design Conference, you will meet the interactive designers, programmers and developers behind blockbuster web design projects. They’ll demystify complex concepts, share processes you can apply to your own work, and clue you in to the web design trends and tools you need to know about. All with the trademark friendly content, networking and inspiration you expect from the team that created HOW Design Live. You’ll learn about key web design issues, including responsive design, data visualization, content strategy and information design, as well as tips for communicating and working effectively across your entire team. Learn more about HOW Interactive Design Conference.


MyDesignShop.com offers a one-stop shop for design books, webinars, digital downloadsmagazines and business tools, including discounted Pantone products and Moleskine notebooks.

HOW Design University

HOW Design University (HOW U) is an online education program. HOW U provides in-depth, online learning opportunities for busy creative professionals, on their own schedule and in a variety of formats including: online learning workshops, online design bootcamps, independent study programs, Design Tutorials and On-Demand Video Tutorials. Each learning platform explores topics that are key to a designer’s career growth and success. HOW U is professional-level continuing education that helps a designer sharpen their skills, strengthen client partnerships and improve value to an employer. HOW U will give you the right tools to prepare you for today’s most popular graphic design and web design jobs.

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