HOW Design Events: Call for Speakers

HOW hosts the graphic and interactive design industries’ most renowned graphic design conferences throughout the year, and we’re constantly on the lookout for new speakers and topic ideas. Our goal with all these events is to deliver helpful, practical, real-world information to participants.

The ideal HOW speaker:

  • Is experienced and comfortable speaking in front of large groups, ranging from 200 to 2,000 people
  • Is interested in sharing expertise, real-world strategies and knowledge with other creative professionals
  • Is willing to partner with HOW to deliver the best possible experience for the audience
  • Is interested, schedule permitting, in attending the whole event and engaging with attendees
  • Is open to helping spread the word about the event

We seek speakers for all these Design Events.

HOW Design Conference
2,000+ attendees
Held annually, in spring
ATTENDEES: Graphic designers of all ages and experience levels working in creative firms, ad agencies, in-house creative departments, on their own (also students)
TOPICS: Creativity, Design Inspiration, Design Disciplines (exploring different genres of design), Design Business, Career, Technology/Production, In-House Design

HOW In-HOWse Designer Conference
300+ attendees
Held annually, in spring
ATTENDEES: Managers, department heads and creative/art directors working in corporations, associations and organizations
TOPICS: Design Management, Creativity, Internal Client Relations, Process/Project Management, Advocating for Design within the Organization, Branding

Creative Freelancer Conference
150+ attendees
Held annually, in spring
ATTENDEES: Freelance designers, writers, illustrators, photographers and other creative ‘solopreneurs’
TOPICS: Marketing/Self-Promotion, Pricing Design Work, Client Relations, Time/Project Management, Work/Life Balance, Creativity

HOW Interactive Design Conference
Held every year, in fall
ATTENDEES: web/interactive graphic designers
TOPICS: web design, interactive design
*Speakers are experts in these topics, not practicing designers

How to apply:

Interested in submitting a proposal to speak at a HOW event? Simply download our Potential Speaker Proposal, complete the form fields and include the information requested, and e-mail to Please note “Speaker Proposal” in the subject line.

Online Speaking Opportunities

HOW hosts some of the best Online Courses (HOW Design University). We’d love to hear your idea for a course and consider you as one of our dynamic course instructors.