HOW Books: Exclusive Excerpts & Design Book Reviews

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


Word Play: Just a Note With a Cause

Iconic designer and branding guru Debbie Millman is perhaps one of the best known designers in the industry sharing the stage with the likes of Paula Scher, Stefan Sagmeister, Milton Glaser, Seymour Chwast, and more. Her role as the President of Design at Sterling Brands has overseen the branding and rebranding of major companies...


Creativity Can Be Learned

Many people still believe that only certain people are creative and that creativity is a special or elite skill that only some possess. But this misconception is now changing. In recent years more evidence that creativity and creative thinking skills can be taught, learned and practiced has appeared.


Outdoor Gallery: New York City

For as long as I can remember I’ve had a love affair with street art. From 3-D chalk art paintings to the graffiti that litters the sides of rail cars and abandoned buildings all over Cincinnati to beautiful Banksy-esque street art. In fact, I love Banksy so much that I have a number of...


Designing for Mobile: Mobile-Specific vs. Responsive Design

Editor’s Note: When designing for mobile, the first question that  usually comes to mind is whether a mobile-specific version should be built based on the desktop version or if the original site can be created so that it can adapt to use on various mobile devices. In this excerpt from his new book Mobile Web Designer’s...

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Keep Drawing: Freelance Illustration Advice from Kawaii Not

When I first started editing for HOW Books around a year and a half ago, the first book I chose as an editor’s pick was Meghan Murphy’s Kawaii Not, Too: Cute Gets Badder. If you’re not familiar, the book is Murphy’s second collection of Japanese-inspired cute comic strips of inanimate objects saying some pretty...