The inaugural day of HOW Design Live was one wild roller coaster of a day, as any of my fellow attendees and staffers can attest. From human Scrabble with Stefan Mumaw to inspirational talks on creative business and web design; from a killer keynote by Simon Sinek to a riotously good time in the Exhibit Hall, the first day of HOW Design Live was a roaring success.
We kicked off the day with HOW Connection, an utterly unique networking event hosted by Stefan Mumaw. In this high-five & mingle event, attendees shook off their reservations by playing a game of human Scrabble—or something like that. Each person had a letter, you see, and when Mumaw announced a category, attendees flocked together to form applicable words and phrases. The zany categories—including terrible dog names, rock stars and rap legends, and original superhero names—made for endless entertainment and an extra helping of fun.
Next, we broke out into a variety of brilliantly inspiring sessions with Dr. Shelley Gruendler, Sonja Rasula, Robin Landa, Armin Vit and more.
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We also saw Howie the HOW Mascot here and there…
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After the great sessions, Gary Lynch officially kicked off HDL with a great welcome speech—and a beautiful birthday song celebrating HOW’s 25th Anniversary. He was joined by HOW program directors Debbie Millman, Andrew Gibbs, Ilise Benun, Bridgid Agricola, Ed Roberts and Andy Brenits.
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Justin Ahrens talked about HOW’s official cause, Wheels 4 Water.
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We got some great insight from Paula Scher, Anette Lenz and a panel of European designers.
Andrew Gibbs presented highlights from The Dieline Awards.
And Simon Sinek delivered an exceptional, memorable, quotable and all around excellent keynote presentation. Seriously—it was incredible.
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And then we all convened to the Exhibit Hall for a reception and some time with this week’s exhibitors:
And the icing on this crazy amazing cake of a day? We learned that next year’s HOW Design Live conference will be in Atlanta! We can’t wait to see you there!
Still want to join in on the fun? Come see us at HOW Design Live this week!