HOW Design Live Top 10: Returning Speakers

You probably have a handful of friends that you invite to every social gathering, without fail — they’re fun and interesting and great to be around. The HOW Design Live planning crew knows a few of those must-invite people, too: People who routinely bring their A game to the conference, who share compelling information, who are generous with their expertise and, well, great to be around.

Herewith, our Top 10 returning HOW Design Live speakers:


In addition to creating meaningful design work through his Chicago-area agency, Rule 29, Justin Ahrens has admirably taken himself way out of his comfort zone, spending time working in poverty-stricken Africa.

Nobody we know has more knowledge of what it’s like to market a small creative business. Ilise Benun has been coaching creative entrepreneurs since way before working solo was cool.


When HOW magazine first began awarding in-house creative teams for their work, Publix Super Markets caught attention for producing remarkable consumer-driven designs. Who knew store-brand packaging and grocery circulars could look so great? Tim Cox helms the Publix team and leads their efforts.


What to say about this guy? After Aaron Draplin‘s first SRO appearance at the HOW Design Conference a couple of years ago, he routinely scores re-invitation to speak, by popular demand.


This unassuming creative guy from the Pacific Northwest has created a cottage industry teaching designers to reconnect with their inner illustrator. You’ll want to bring your sketchbook to Von Glitschka‘s session.


As if we could forget … Sam Harrison has the perfect blend of information, inspiration and wit. Sure, you’ll get a chuckle out of Harrison’s presentation — more important, you’ll learn.


HOW Books’ most prolific author, Jim Krause has led some of HOW Design Live’s most popular workshops, where designers prowled the conference facility taking photos and exploring creativity.


Debbie Millman is invaluable as HOW Leadership program director, identifying and inviting bright thinkers to share their insights at HOW Design Live. More than that, she has a seemingly bottomless well of creative energy and generosity.


Stefan Mumaw’s sense of humor and generosity in sharing his deepest insights about the elusive nature of creativity are matched only by his stature. Don’t miss his workshop in Chicago.


Possessed of extraordinary design talent and an impressive array of outside interests, Petrula Vrontikis seems to have the work-life balance thing figured out in a way that we truly admire.

Trust us: You’ll want to hang out with these folks, too. You can do that ONLY at HOW Design Live 2015. Register now!