Mark Your Calendar: Design Conferences


HOW Design Live, May 4 – 8, Chicago, IL



HOW Design Live is the biggest design event—anywhere. And for the first time ever, 5 design events are converging into one huge experience that’s all about giving you the most personalized, inspiring and career-boosting 5 days ever! You could attend a bunch of smaller design conferences. Or you could attend HOW Design Live and get everything you need at one big event. HOW Design Live’s strength is its size and scale: 5 conferences in one place, thousands of designers in one place, nearly 100 speakers in one place. HOW Design Live is everything you need. No matter what work you do. No matter where you are in your career. You know how important it is to discover new ideas, new inspirations, and new skills. Get everything you need—career advice, business knowledge, and creative inspiration— in one place. Learn more and REGISTER NOW!


You’re a designer, so we figured we’d give you the opportunity to design your own conference experience. For the first time ever, mix and match your sessions, keynotes, networking events and even workshops from any of HOW Design Live’s five conferences. Get the most value out of the conference by creating the agenda that’s perfect for you. The Big Ticket is your very best option: it gets you an all-access, five-day pass to any session, any workshop and any networking event at any of the five conferences, plus video session recordings, any keynote and MP3 recordings of most sessions. If you can’t spend five days with us, choose a one- or two-day registration and build your own program during that time period. Learn more and REGISTER NOW!

HOW Design Live’s programming is divided into five conferences:

HOW Design ConferenceHOW Design Conference ∙ Print & Web Design
From technology to your career to creativity, every single session at HOW Design Conference will inspire you to become a better, more successful designer. Bridgid Agricola and the rest of the HOW team have put together a program that covers everything from interactive design to typography, brainstorming, trend spotting, branding and more. Plus, you’ll be spending those days with thousands of the most interesting, creative people on the planet: your fellow attendees. Get ready to love your job more than ever. Learn more and REGISTER NOW!

The Dieline ConferenceThe Dieline Conference ∙ Package Design
Successful brand managers and designers understand the value of starting with the package first. At The Dieline Conference 2014, you’ll discover how to gain recognition and respect by articulating what your design means to a brand. The Dieline’s Andrew Gibbs has gathered forward-thinking designers from brands like The Fresh Market and Method to share case studies, discuss hot topics like interactive and sustainable package design and help you communicate to your brand target, every time. Learn more and REGISTER NOW!

HOW Leadership ConferenceNEW! HOW Leadership Conference ∙ Thought Leadership
Hear bold and visionary presentations from some of the most innovative thinkers of our time at HOW’s newest conference, presented in partnership with Sterling Brands’ Debbie Millman. Whether you’re a CMO, a Creative Director, or you’re just managing your own to-do list, the ideas you’ll encounter here—from remarkable speakers like Malcolm Gladwell, Seth Godin, Maria Popova and others—will challenge, enlighten and motivate you to be an agent for positive change in your world. Learn more and REGISTER NOW!

In-House Management ConferenceIn-House Management Conference ∙ Creative Team Management
Lead your in-house creative team to their most inspired work. In this program curated by Merck’s veteran in-house manager Andy Epstein, you’ll learn how to build your team, inspire them, get the best work out of them and even sell that work up the corporate ladder. And as you absorb insights on breakthrough thinking, organizational best practices, building “creative superteams” and more, you’ll be inspired to learn what you and your team can achieve. Learn more and REGISTER NOW!

Creative Freelancer Business ConferenceCreative Freelancer Business Conference ∙ Small Business Management
Just because you’re self-employed doesn’t mean you have to go it alone. Whether you’re working solo, running a small agency, or are summoning the courage to start your own creative business, you’ll find all the resources you need at the Creative Freelancer Business Conference. Marketing Mentor founder Ilise Benun and CFBC’s small business and freelancing experts will help you set realistic goals for your business’s future—and give you the confidence to achieve them. You’ll learn how to create a business action plan, find out what buyers are really looking for, pick up winning sales strategies, price and negotiate with confidence, and get new business from clients who recognize your value—all so that you can concentrate on the creative work you love. Learn more and REGISTER NOW!



HOW Interactive Design Conference

The Web Conference for Designers


  • September 3-5, Washington D.C.
  • October 19-21, Chicago, IL
  • November 17-19, San Francisco, CA

At HOW, we’re always looking for ways to help designers stay on top of trends and boost their careers. We developed the HOW Interactive Design Conference in response to our #1 request from you and your fellow designers: an in-person learning opportunity that combines interactive design education with networking and inspiration—all with the clear, friendly, design-centric approach you’re used to from HOW.

Join us to learn better methods of designing for the web and you’ll come away with a stronger design career—and the confidence to know you can achieve your creative vision on any screen.