Recapture Childhood Creativity at HOW Design Live

If you’re a creative pro, you sometimes have a case of the “I don’t wannas.”

Perhaps you’re feeling like Blue: tired of coloring the same thing over and over and over again. Or Pink: feeling a little unappreciated. Or maybe you sense you’re being used, like Red. In the delightful “The Day the Crayons Quit” illustrated by Oliver Jeffers, all the crayons are burned out … and on strike.


Jeffers collaborated with author Drew Daywalt on the bestseller (named Amazon’s best children’s book for 2013) and its follow-up “The Day the Crayons Came Home.” He’s written and illustrated a whole shelf full of picture books, including a series featuring the blob-shaped Hueys, a book about a boy who eats books, and one featuring a girl who places her heart in a bottle for safekeeping.

A Northern Ireland native, Jeffers is a natural spinner of yarns: “Why do I make picture books? Because I’m compelled to. I have to. I’m from Northern Ireland, and storytelling is a very important part of the cultural heritage there. I’ll tell stories to anyone who’ll listen.”

Jeffers’ work takes a number of forms, from illustration to figurative painting to collage. His paintings have been exhibited in the U.S. and Europe, including at the National Portrait Gallery in London, the Brooklyn Museum, Lazarides Gallery and Gestalten Space in Berlin. (Below: one of Jeffers’ Disaster Series paintings.)

Oliver Jeffers Disaster Series

Speaking about his work, Jeffers says: “You just never know when you’re going to get an idea; that’s why I always carry a pencil and paper. … Everything starts in the sketchbook, making all the drawings I can think of to figure out the story.”

Oliver Jeffers Author Film 2013 from Oliver Jeffers on Vimeo.

At HOW Design Live, Jeffers will be a featured keynote speaker, sharing his work, his stories and his inspiration. “I’m really lucky,” he says in a short film. “I get to do what I love for a living. And I feel a sense of responsibility to enjoy that as much as I can.”

Reconnect with your inner child, rekindle your creative energy and hear from Oliver Jeffers and a remarkable lineup of leading talents at HOW Design Livekeynote speakers including James Victore, Stefan Sagmeister and Tiffany Shlain. Register by April 1 for the final best offer on the Big Ticket and other conference packages.