Author Archives: Megan Lane Patrick

About Megan Lane Patrick

Megan Lane Patrick joined the HOW magazine team in 1999. As former Content Director, she was responsible for the editorial strategy for HOW magazine and books, as well as the HOW website and events. She’s best known for her ability to find cool things online, which she happily shares as on the HOW blog. Away from the office, she enjoys looking for Mid-Century Modern furniture bargains and collecting tiny chairs, natural history specimens and a certain vintage paint-by-numbers kitten.

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Friday Free Font Find: FIGA (A Display Font)

FIGA is a super futuristic, geometric display font created by Brazilian motion designer Pier Paolo. He says you can download and use this free font as long as you do good work and send him images ( His own samples of FIGA in use are super creepy but I can see how FIGA would...

Pizza Packaging Design Win or Fail?

The new Domino's Pizza packaging design by CP+B is gorgeous with a restrained palette of silver on black and exuberant vintage-style typography. But does it really say "Domino's" or even "pizza," for that matter? It doesn't feel particularly authentic to the brand, even the new "our pizza doesn't suck anymore" brand. What do you...

2014 Color Inspirations From Pantone

Pantone just announced new 2014 color inspirations for interior design. The palettes are great for inspiring design color choices, too. My three favorite palettes are Physicality, Tribal Threads and Collage. You can learn more about Pantone's picks here.

Top 10 Time Killers

OfficeTime, a company that makes time-tracking software, recently conducted a survey to evaluate the different ways that freelancers and business owners waste time. You can see the results in the infographic below. But they also consulted a psychology professor to get some tips on how to manage your particular time-wasting style.

Fame Retail Designs Augmented Reality Cover For HOW

The March/April issue of HOW sports a gorgeous cover designed and illustrated by the very talented team at Fame Retail. But just creating an amazing cover wasn't enough for these guys. They took it up another level by designing an augmented reality experience. Just download one of the apps below, point your camera at...

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Telemark (Slab Serif Font): Tuesday Type Treat

Telemark is modern slab serif font designed by Swiss art director Juri Zaech and distributed through Creative Market. Telemark is intended to be used as a display font and in logos. Telemark is a monolinear slab serif influenced by the wide serif typefaces of the 19th century. The name refers to the vintage form...

Wendy's logo design

Rebranding Wendy’s

The brand transformation of Wendy’s that started with a fresh new logo (that will be rolled out beginning in March) is continuing with the redesign of the restaurants themselves by San Francisco-based Tesser. There are four different concepts that are being used for the rebranding but all feature lounge seating with fireplaces, flat-screen TVs,...

Punctuation Humor

Here’s one for both the editors and designers out there: College Humor has published a list of punctuation marks they wish existed to help us communicate more clearly in this digital age. Without as much face time, it can be tough to know when people are being sincere or sarcastic. My fave, however, is...

Clever Designer Self-Promotion Celebrates The Year Of The Snake

Three talented design firms teamed up to create one clever interactive self-promotion celebrating the Year of the Snake and promising good fortune to all. Treat and Company was responsible for product development and surfaced design. KNOCK, INC. took on strategy, digital experience and design. And Neighbor tackled content, animation and motionography. Visit the site to...