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Boston / April 30 – May 3 / 2018

Special Events

Special Events

We know you come to HOW Design Live to fill up those inspiration reserves, network, and grow your skillset—but who says you can’t have fun at the same time? Not us, my friend. That’s why, over the next few months, we’ll be rolling out all kinds of big news about the exhibits, activities and special extras that make HOW so much fun to attend.

That means new activities that are going to happen outside the walls of the hotel so you get the chance to really connect with the amazing city of Boston. We won’t just be visiting a city this year; our goal is to engage with it.

The best way to stay up-to-date is to make sure you’re signed up for the conference newsletter and to keep opening those emails. We’ll be spilling more details soon! For now, here is a preview of some of the annual events that are back by popular demand!


The goal of HOW Connection is simple: give you a reason to meet someone new so when you walk into that session 3 days later, there’s someone there motioning you over with that subtle head nod we all need in life. This isn’t a networking event, those are lame. This is a ‘meet your new best friend’ event that gives you at least one story of questionable decision-making to post about on your social feeds. 

Come out and meet that person you’ll pinky swear never to talk about your time together ever again. Because that’s what creative conferences are all about.

This was a HUGE HIT the past two years and we can’t wait for you to start your HOW Design Live experience off right… by meeting up with old friends, finding some new ones, and having some geeky designer fun.


When: Monday, April 30, 6:30-8:30pm. Where: Exhibit Hall.

This is memorable. Everyone fills the exhibit hall and all the exhibitors have swag. It’s like a free shopping spree on Black Friday or Christmas Eve. Plus it is our Opening Reception so grab a drink, wander the booths and connect with your fellow creatives. (Remember to bring a lot of business cards). 

This year, our Exhibit Hall will be better than ever. Expect more interactive fun, HOW collectibles, and premium swag—plus a whole lot more we can’t reveal just yet! 


When: Tuesday, May 1, 7am. Where: Meet in Hynes Convention Center Lobby.

Join your fellow HOWIES for a FUN RUN tour of downtown Boston as we head on out to the infamous Boston Common and back for a total of 3.75 miles


When: Tuesday, May 1, 6:30-7:30pm. Where: Exhibit Hall.

One of the best things about HOW Design Live is all of the connections you make. The people you meet here can often become your go-to resources for all things design. They share your desire to make amazing stuff, get better, and change the world. These are your industry peeps, your trusted network, and they are invaluable.

So let Hint Creative Director Stefan Mumaw help you find your next design posse at the Networking Happy Hour. Stefan has a unique way of getting complete strangers to think about the possibilities together, full of his usual creative bafoonery but guaranteed to put you in a conversation with cool folks carrying interesting skillsets. Come find out all that you could accomplish as one and have a great time doing it.


When: Wednesday, May 2, 7:15-8am and Thursday, May 3, 7:15-8am.

The Mindfulness Activity is a time for personal development, reflection, relaxation and recharging. Participants with different levels of experience with meditation and mindfulness are welcome and will find the activity accessible. It offers a chance to engage deeply with quieting the mind through noting practices including gentle mindful movement, emphasizing breath and body awareness, and sitting/standing/walking mindfulness of breathing.


Every year the Stock Photo Expo gives attendees an opportunity to discover inspiring new sources of stock images from specialty suppliers to general stock photo houses. 


When: Tuesday, May 1, 8-9am & 12:30-1:30pm. Where: Exhibit Hall B.

Join our expert speakers for one-on-one, 10-minute personal coaching sessions, and to discuss various design topics. This is your chance to get career advice, talk through a sticky project, or ask for feedback on your portfolio. Look for more details and a sign-up link as we get closer to the conference.


When: Wednesday, May 2, 8-9am. Where: Exhibit Hall B.

Attendance is first-come, first-served. Look for more details as we get closer to the conference.


When: Wednesday, May 2, 9:00-11:00pm. Location TBA. This is where everyone lets it all hang out. Every year our closing party has a theme, and many of our attendees dress in costumes that reflect the theme. We have music, drink and a wonderful time. After days of cramming your heads with information, it’s time to let go.

“There’s no dishonor in having a job. What is dishonorable is scaring away your creativity by demanding that it pay for your entire existence.” 
—Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear



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