Graphic Design is such a great profession, but wow, it can burn you out sometimes. I’m thankful that the HOW Conference is there to help remind us of why we love design, that we can make a difference, and that there are many other creatives that can totally relate to what many others may not think are not really issues at all. I am also happy that I got to see a bit of Boston as well – part of a great conference is the area, and being able to experience something different than my usual day in Omaha, Nebraska. As I was able to fly in early enough the day before to actually see the Boston Commons in the day (I saw the park during my two other trips to Boston, but seeing it in the daylight was much more impressive). I also made it out to the older downtown area of Boston for the first-time. Overall, I had a great five days, and have HOW and Boston to thank for much of it. Until next year’s HOW – Chicago – we will be back on our regular podcast schedule, starting in a week or two with the first of six podcasts recorded while at HOW (I believe Bill Gardner is the first one).
No week seems to go by quicker than the one spent at HOW Design Live. Seeing that many graphic designers / website designers / writers / photographers / creative people together is an amazing experience. Be sure to check out Emily’s “It’s a Wrap! Highlights from HOW Design Live Chicago” recap for Neenah Paper, as well as her interviews for Moxie Sozo we talk about.
Amy and Cami were two of the HOW Champions this year. It’s a great program (I think I saw there were 16 in total, but I could be off by a bit) where the Champions are available to help first time attendees get the most out of the conference – like an ambassador of all things HOW.
While in Chicago, I also recorded seven interview podcasts throughout the week, and will start releasing them next week.
We talk about roasting coffee beans in your backyard, taking your own pictures, keeping creative, finding your strengths, and more. Enjoy.
Above are interior spreads from Jim’s latest book (which we also briefly talk about), Lessons in Typography.
It’s not really HOW Design Live without a few social settings.And sometimes that means recording a recap from the hotel bar just before the closing evening events are about to start up.
HOW Design Live in Boston may be over, but we’re only half way through our recaps here at 36 Point.
Once again, big thanks to Neenah Paper for letting me record from their booth again.