HOW Design Live is all about connections. Every year, relationships form organically among HOW Design Live attendees—relationships that lead to opportunities and lifelong friendships. Want to connect with attendees, speakers, and exhibitors at HOW?  View the attendee directory, and start a dialogue!

Coffee Breaks with Mailchimp

Join us for one of the HOW Design Live coffee breaks, presented by Mailchimp! All coffee break registrants will be automatically entered to win one of 30 Starbucks gift cards so make sure you are signed up before the drawings which will happen each day. Mailchimp has partnered with five amazingly talented artists who created short videos talking about their creative process, which will play at the beginning and conclusion of each coffee break. Each of these artists also created unique zoom backgrounds that are available to download. Your future Zoom meetings never looked better!

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HOW Connection

HOW Design Live is meant to be experienced together...and just because we're virtual doesn't mean we aren't going to find a way for you to find your conference posse at the HOW Connection - led by the sometimes-embarrassing but always-entertaining Stefan Mumaw. He’ll kick off this year’s conference with a virtual spin - by engaging you in some fun, rapid-fire creativity and finish it with a reminder that we are all just 2 clicks away from one another.  Come to the HOW CONNECTION and start your HOW Design Live off like you mean it!

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"Amazing Design People List" - Meet Your Mentor

This year, we’re proud to be partnering with ADPList, the world’s best place to find, book, and meet design mentors from around the world, for free. From portfolio reviews and interview advice to leadership coaching and career strategy, ADPList is on a mission to inspire creative conversations in the community with 640+ mentors (and counting); with hundreds of conversations exchanged globally each day. Head to the ADPList virtual booth to meet your mentor.

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HOWie Hangout

Check out the Hangout! Meet some new friends and re-connect with past conference buddies. The HOW Ambassadors will be hanging out as well.  Part of the magic of HOW Design Live is the connections you make each year, the relationships that are developed and the opportunity to exchange ideas. Chat about what you’ve learned in our virtual experience and how you will use those ideas and insights in your business.

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You’ve wanted a more intimate group to connect with to share ideas and strategies during HOW Design Live. Sign up for one of our Roundtables and join our speakers and experts in small group discussions on your favorite topics.

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Meet The HOW Design Live Ambassadors


HOW Ambassador Mission Statement:  What is a HOW Design Live Conference Ambassador? The Ambassadors are HDL attendees that love and support this conference and have become the embodiment of everything HOW Design Live represents: Creativity, Inspiration, Leadership and COMMUNITY. They are designers, managers, teachers, students, mentors and catalysts in all areas of the creative industry. The Ambassadors’ primary goal is to ensure that every HDL Attendee enjoys the full extent of the HOW Design Live Conference experience. Being an Ambassador is not limited to the 5 days of the conference, they commit themselves year-round to keep the spirit of creativity and kinship alive in the design community.


Keith Smith

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Darcy Hinrichs

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Fira Fizzy Sharp

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Karen Larson

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Julie Goldsberry

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Rusty Kugler

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Cami Travis Groves

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Tom Tumbusch

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Lynette "Lboogie" Pope

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