HOW Design Live is all about connections. Every year, relationships form organically among HOW Design Live attendees, and even among attendees and speakers—relationships that lead to opportunities and lifelong friendships. The power of the HOW Community is massive, inspiring, welcoming and easy to join. You’ll find your tribe at HOW: a core group of fellow creatives who call themselves “HOWies.”
"I went from feeling alone as the only designer in the office to being connected, educated, and supported by all the creatives I’ve met throughout the years, and having access to their experience, knowledge
"Apart from the inspiring speakers and sessions, my greatest takeaways from HOW Design Live, are the personal and professional connections formed over the years that have helped to propel my career."
"I’ve been to HOW Design Live for 19 years straight primarily because of the CONNECTIONS that I’ve made through the years. From my very first moment at HOW Design Live, I knew I was part of a larger community of design professionals. These enduring relationships with fellow
—Keith Smith (
"HOW Design Live isn't just about learning from the amazing speakers on the stage or the knowledgeable vendors on the exhibition floor. It's about building your network and finding your squad. So, listen. Take notes. Collect samples. But don't forget to look at the person next to you that you don't know and introduce yourself. That's how you HOW. I did it, and I have the most amazing group of friends that also moonlights as my network."
—Julie Goldsberry, #huggedbyjulie
"HOW Design Live is my favorite design event of the year. Not only do attendees get a chance to ignite their creative passion and explore the latest creative trends, but they also gain lasting connections with industry peers."
—Lynnette "LBoogie" Pope
"HDL always comes at a time when I need it the most and I always leave feeling that spark again...remembering why I am so passionate about the industry and why I love doing what I do."
"HOW started as a spark for me to be connected to the creative community, something I lacked in my early design career. The more I got engaged, the more I craved to be involved in my local design community. All of this has become the perfect storm to enhance my design sense and leadership style, continuing my growth to be better at what I do."