Things to Check Out at HOW Design Live on Thursday, May 19

If you’re like us, you’re BEYOND excited that HOW Design Live is getting started on Thursday, May 19. We don’t want to distract too much from your exploration, but here are a few highlights we’re particularly excited about tomorrow. (But keep in mind, selecting only a few of the incredible sessions at #HOWLive was nigh impossible, so be sure to check out the full schedule and craft your design adventure to suit your needs.)

HOW CONNECTION

with Stefan Mumaw, Director of Creative Strategy, Hint

If you were at HOW Connection last year, you know that Stefan Mumaw gets the party started right with exciting networking games and get-to-know-you activities to boost your energy and help you make new friends at HOW Design Live. Don’t miss it!

SMALL SCREENS, BIG POSSIBILITIES

with Chris Converse Partner, Designer and Developer, Codify Design Studio

Learn what is possible as we explore features available in mobile devices and web browsers. Activate phone numbers as tap-to-call links, change your content based on GPS coordinates, or even make adjustments based on the accelerometer. In addition to layout and functionality, we’ll also explore the possibilities of combining content with touch events. We’ll explore creating swipe-able content, making interactive galleries, and even create touch-driven animations.

BRANDING PASSION: HOW TO CREATE A COMPELLING CAMPAIGN OR PROJECT FOR SOCIAL CHANGE

with Justin Ahrens, Creative Director at Rule29

How can we use design to create positive social change? As creatives we have the ability to shift perspective and to create impact. But making this impact can’t only happen with passion – there needs to be a strategic and defined process to carry the concept to real successful outcomes while not overwhelming you. In this session, Justin will take you through his approach and project samples like their Wheels4Water project which has helped bring safe water to thousands of people in Uganda. In the end you will see how doing these types of projects can change you, your company and how YOU see the world.

PRINCIPLES & PRACTICE OF MOTION DESIGN

with James Pannafino, Associate Professor at Millersville University

This session will go beyond the technical aspects of moving graphics on screen and will discuss the principles and factors to visually design for motion. The presentation will cover motion design language, the creative process and how to effectively plan a motion design. Both linear narrative and interaction based motion design will be covered.

YOUR BIAS IS BULLSH*T

with Joel Beukelman, Senior Interaction Designer at Google

Learn how to avoid the design pitfalls of personal bias in this incisive session. As designers and creatives, we assume responsibility to craft products, experiences and things around us—a role better tempered by research and education than one’s personal perspective or taste. It’s too easy for us to absorb current viewpoints or personal biases instead of exploring and understanding new ways—and maybe refining our own. Guard yourself against the encroachment of bias in your design process.

ADAPTING CREATIVITY IN THE 21ST CENTURY

with Tiffany Shlain, American Filmaker & Author

Emmy-nominated filmmaker and Webby Awards founder Tiffany Shlain will give a talk about the evolution of her creativity — the innovations, the failures, and lessons learned her career from her days founding The Webby Awards to making her “cloud films” where she makes collaborative films with people over the cloud of the Internet.

Four of Shlain’s films have premiered at Sundance and The US State Department sends her to embassies around the world other countries to show films and foster dialogue across borders represent the U.S.America. Her AOL original series The Future Starts Here was nominated for an Emmy Award and has received over 40 million views. Shlain’s nonprofit Let it Ripple hosts a global event called “Character Day” where they offer schools and orgs around the globe free films and resources.

HOW TO BUILD A LIFE

with Jonathan Fields, Founder of the Good Life Project

What if you approached the quest to build an astonishing life the way a designer approached the quest to create genius? What would be the constraints and limitations, the metrics for success, the big levers, resources and tools of the trade? What about the guiding ethic and core principles? Who would you trust to guide you? Award-winning author, serial-entrepreneur and Good Life Project founder, Jonathan Fields, has been traveling the world, exploring these questions with some of this generation’s most accomplished minds. In this powerful keynote, he distills what he’s learned into a simple, powerful framework capable of helping you build an extraordinary life.

… Plus the Dieline Awards, the Exhibit Hall Opening Reception (sponsored by Domtar) and more. Where will you be at #HOWLive?

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