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).
Our final daily recap from the HOW Design Live Conference is held just hours before the closing party. Joining me to discuss the event are Cami Travis-Groves, Crystal Reynolds, Julie Goldsberry, and Alisa Bonsignore.
As the HOW Design Live Conference is just an hour from kick-off when we recorded this, we speak with Justin Ahrens, Nate Voss, Nicole Blauw, Stephanie Voss, Vanessa Kreckel, Ferko Goldinger, Tom Wright, and Cami Travis-Groves about expectations, and what’s been going on at all the other events surrounding all things HOW. And above? I did get to run that little letterpress after all.
I guess we’re already on HOW Season! The main HOW Design Live Conference doesn’t kick off for a few hours, but the Creative Freelancer, DieLine, and InHOWSE are starting up strong. And being set in the backdrop of San Francisco is paying off in spades, as you can see by the photo above that I got from Musée Mécanique off of the Pier, above.
So, what do we have to look forward to, and what is this year’s event bringing? We do a quick recap of the day and expectations for the week with Dyana Valentine, Jamie Saunders, and first-time attendee Kelsey Erck. Enjoy.
Talking with Joel Templin and Katie Jain is a true pleasure. I mean, Ben and I were impressed enough with their incredible design work – but they do so much more. We speak about the idea behind Hatch, being an incubator of ideas, and starting up your own brands.
Special thanks goes out to the wonderful staff at HOW for helping us out during the conference, and setting us up with a great room to interview from.
And as we end our 5th season of The Reflex Blue Show, we bring back (for a 22 minute end track) Nate Voss! Around 7 years ago, we started up (along with Tom Nemitz) the Be A Design Cast, and we’ve been podcasting ever since. In one sense, it’s hard to think that we’ve recorded 100 of these shows – in another sense (with the specials and the BADCast recordings), it’s even weirder to think we’ve released like 196 of these shows. We really have to thank all of our listeners, and our guests for making the show what it is. So, thank you.
[Photo is Ben and I rocking out at the Neenah Paper party on the last night of HOW]