HOW Books: Exclusive Excerpts & Design Book Reviews

Looking for Design Books? You’ve come to the right place. From designing striking web graphics to getting the most from your software, to tapping into new sources for ideas, to navigating the business world, you’ll discover the design books you need to move your career forward. Or maybe you’re looking for a diversion. A fun read from someone who’s on the cutting edge of design and culture. Well, we’ve got that too.

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The goal of HOW Books is to 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. Browse the newest HOW Books titles by visiting our official online store –, your one-stop-shop for design resources or check out our HOW ebooks site for unlimited access to our titles online and on-the-go.

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Find exclusive excerpts from HOW Books, author interviews and reviews below.


Happy Friday from a Dinosaur

If you love dinosaurs, robots and action figures, then check out more hilarious toy comics from Toy Confidential: The Secret Life of Snarky Toys by Aled Lewis, available now at MyDesignShop!

Design Rebels Unite

  Design RebelsUnite! Top design professionals will be meeting to discuss all the details of socially conscious design at the launch event for The Design Activist’s Handbook, a new title from HOW Books, on November 12 from 7-8:30pm. The event will be held at the Housing Works Bookstore Cafe in New York City. Topics on the line include...

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Tis the Season: Halloween fun

Calling all creatives: Got the Halloween spirit and feeling ready to decorate some pumpkins? Check out the Scout Creative “Dare to Flair” Pumpkin Trimming Challenge. HOW-loween is for book lovers! Of course, HOW brings you graphic design books, web design books, and other great design resources. But don’t forget HOW creates books just for...


The Right Way To Do Everything

The Book of Rules: The Right Way to do Everything is guide to modern manners and etiquette served up with a strong dose of humor. Author Joshua Belter has been getting the word out about this little gem that makes a perfect gift for the people in your life who need a few subtle...

Design Activist's Handbook

5 Ways to Rock a Grant Application

Grants are an often over-looked way to seek funding for a socially conscious design idea. Check out these 5 grant writing tips, excerpted from "The Design Activist's Handbook: How to Change the World With Socially Conscious Design," to help bring your idea to life.

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See The Best Design Work In The World

Looking for some fresh design inspiration? Here are three of the best design projects featured in Damn Good: Top Designer’s Discuss Their All-Time Favorite Projects: PUMA Clever Little Bag Firm: fuseproject, San Francisco Creative Team: Yves Behar, Josh Morenstein, Nick Cronan, Seth Murray Client: PUMA “When PUMA called us to rethink the shoe box,...