20 Years of the HOW Conference

Hard to believe that we’ll be celebrating the 20th anniversary of the HOW Design Conference in Denver this June. Even harder to believe that I was at the first one. Yes, I was in grade school at the time.

I love that my HOW Conference colleagues had the idea for this year’s program brochure to create a collage out of previous materials. It’s kind of a historical overview of design trends: Note the cover designed by Chicago’s Carlos Segura (upper right corner), with the composited, photocopied type style that was current in 1993. (If memory serves, Segura’s design for the conference provoked a late-night conversation during the event over style vs. legibility … one of many such conversations ongoing in the days of Segura and Carson and other ground-breakers.)