Find Your Tribe at HOW Design Live

Detroit-based designer and longtime attendee Karen Larson calls HOW Design Live “truly a design love-fest.”

“Lifelong best friends and ongoing support systems have been created within a few remarkable days filled with inspiration, information, paper samples, and late-night discussions at the bar or over pancakes,” she says.

All the engaging breakout sessions and all the inspiring keynote presentations are worth the price of admission — but attendees comment year after year that the most lasting value they gain from the event is a sense of connectedness to the larger creative community.

Being part of that community requires your participation. And this year, conference organizers are making it easier than ever for you to connect with speakers, suppliers and fellow designers. Here’s a rundown of community-building activities in Atlanta.

HOW Connection
HOW Connection

Creative Boot Camp author Stefan Mumaw will be hosting HOW Connection, a high-five & mingle event that’s designed to help you shake off the rust and open up to meeting others. Come have fun and start conversations with people you’ll connect with throughout the conference.

Exhibit Hall Opening Reception sponsored by Domtar

Hit the Exhibit Hall for the very first time during the Opening Reception. Grab a drink, wander the booths and connect with your fellow creatives. (Remember to bring a lot of business cards).

Pixels of Fury presented by Shutterstock

This traveling creative competition is always a high point of the HOW Design Live experience. Cheer as designers face off in a high-speed challenge. Tickets are limited, so RSVP now.

Speed Coaching

Get career advice, talk through a sticky project or ask for feedback on your portfolio — one on one with our experts. Sign up onsite for any open spots.

Speaker Chats

Join a group of participating speakers during the Happy Hour on Friday for casual conversation and war story-swapping.

Table Topics

Are you a morning person? Meet over breakfast with your fellow attendees to discuss various design topics. Grab some food, find the topic you want to join and pull up a chair.

Side-Gig Seminar & Networking

At this special evening event, you’ll hear from HOW presenters and fellow attendees on how they have fostered successful side gigs. Following the presentation, you’ll get the chance to spark your own inspiration and conversation one on one about your own projects, and get ideas about how to move forward.

Fun Run

Join your fellow attendees for an early morning 5k run through the streets of Downtown Atlanta. Take in the sights of the city while stretching your legs and clearing your mind for the day of inspiration ahead.

HOW Design Live party
Closing Party sponsored by Neenah Paper

Always a fun and festive high point of HOW Design Live, you’ll mingle, dance and have a drink or two with your HOW Community. A great way to wrap up the event.

Before you leave for Atlanta, be sure to connect with the HOW Design Live Attendees Group on Facebook. Learn more about these networking events — including dates, times and locations — at