How do we program the industry’s most talked-about conference? How do we book such compelling and sought-after speakers? We couldn’t do it without our Program Partners. They generously share their expertise, connections and creativity with us—and with every HOW Design Live attendee. We thank them for all they do to help craft an amazing program with the most interesting and inspirational keynotes, brands, design leaders and how-to sessions.
“The 2017 HOW Design Live is going to be the best ever. We have the best speakers in the best HOW Design Live city! This is going to be epic!”
—Debbie Millman, founder and host of the Design Matters Podcast, Co-founder Graduate Program in Branding at SVA, Editorial and Creative Director of PRINT Magazine
“I’m really excited we’ll be back in Chicago. It’s where The Dieline Conference started back in 2011. It’s one of my favorite cities and I’m most excited about our incredible line-up of speakers and keynotes! We have a fantastic program this year that we can’t wait to reveal. You won’t want to miss this year.”
—Andrew Gibbs, CEO and Editor-In-Chief of The Dieline
“There is nothing better than being part of a vibrant creative community. I love learning about what designers need to know to thrive in their jobs, whether self-employed or within an organization. It’s essential for designers to keep learning because things are constantly changing in the world and in the industry. At HOW Design Live we come together to learn and discover, recharge and be inspired.”
—Ilise Benun, founder of Marketing-Mentor.com
“When we met at SVA in New York to plan HOW Design Live 2017, I was blown away by the sheer brain power in the room. And I’m excited to say that the event is going to reflect that collective awesomeness.”
—Zachary Petit, Content Director of the HOW+PRINT brands
We also thank our Program Advisors. Ed Roberts serves on the IHAF Board of Directors and Andy Brenits is President of the Board of Directors at InSource. Ed and Andy were 2016 HOW Design Live Program Partners and their ongoing contributions to the HOW Design Live conference program are much appreciated.
Program Partner Bios
Named “one of the most influential designers working today” by Graphic Design USA, Debbie Millman is also an author, educator, brand strategist and host of the podcast Design Matters. As the founder and host of Design Matters, the first and longest running podcast about design, Millman has interviewed more than 250 design luminaries and cultural commentators, including Massimo Vignelli, Milton Glaser, Malcolm Gladwell, Dan Pink, Barbara Kruger, Seth Godin and more. In the 11 years since its inception, the show has garnered over a million download per year, a Cooper Hewitt National Design Award and—most recently—iTunes designated it one of the best podcasts of 2015.
Debbie’s written and visual essays have appeared in publications such as The New York Times, New York Magazine, Print Magazine, Design Observer and Fast Company. She is the author of two books of illustrated essays: Look Both Ways and Self-Portrait As Your Traitor; the later of which has been awarded a Gold Mobius, a Print Typography Award, and a medal from the Art Directors Club. Her artwork has been exhibited at the Boston Biennale, Chicago Design Museum, Anderson University, School of Visual Arts, Long Island University, The Wolfsonion Museum and the Czong Institute for Contemporary Art. She has been artist-in-residence at Cranbrook University, Old Dominion University and Notre Dame University, and has conducted visual storytelling workshops at Academy of Art University in San Francisco, the University of Utah, Hartford University, Albuquerque Academy and the High School of Art and Design in New York. She has designed campaign buttons for Hillary Clinton, wrapping paper and beach towels for One Kings Lane, greeting cards for Mohawk, MOO and Card-To-Art, playing cards for DeckStarter, notebooks for Shutterstock and Baron Fig, and T-shirts for Within The Fold.
Debbie is the author of six books, including two collections of interviews that have extended the ethos and editorial vision of Design Matters to the printed page: How to Think Like a Great Graphic Designer and Brand Thinking and Other Noble Pursuits. Both books have been published in over 10 languages. In 2009 Debbie co-founded with Steven Heller the world’s first graduate program in branding at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Now in its seventh year, the program has achieved international acclaim. The inaugural class wrote and designed the Rockport book Brand Bible: The Complete Guide to Building, Designing and Sustaining Brands, in 2013 the students created branding for the Museum of Modern Art’s retail program, Destination: New York, the class of 2015 worked to reposition a Kappa Middle School in Harlem and the class of 2016 rebranded Mariska Hargitay’s Joyful Heart Foundation.
For 22 years, Debbie was the Chief Marketing Officer at Sterling Brands, where she worked with over 200 of the world’s largest brands, including the redesign of Burger King, merchandising for Star Wars and the positioning and branding of the No More movement. She is also President Emeritus of AIGA, one of five women to hold the position in the organization’s 100-year history and a past board member and treasurer of the New York Chapter. She is a frequent speaker on design and branding and has moderated Design Yatra in India, presented keynote lectures at Rotman School of Management, Princeton University, Michigan Modern, the Hong Kong Design Association, the Melbourne Writers Festival, Design Thinkers in Toronto, the Festival of Art and Design in Barcelona, Webstock in New Zealand, QVED in Munich and many more. She has been a juror for competitions including Cannes Lions, The Clio’s, The Art Directors Club, The Type Directors Club, Fast Company, HOW Magazine, Print Magazine, ID Magazine, AIGA, The Dieline, and more. Currently, Debbie is the Editorial and Creative Director of Print Magazine, the oldest magazine about design in the United States.
Andrew Gibbs’ passion for design developed at an early age when he first discovered Photoshop 4. After receiving his bachelors in graphic design at the age of 19, he began his career in package design as a production artist for a gourmet gift company where he designed products and packaging for major national retailers and brands including Target, Bed Bath & Beyond, and Jelly Belly. He saw a great need for daily package design inspiration for his own work, and founded The Dieline in 2007. It quickly became the most read package design website in the world.
Andrew now serves as CEO and Editor-In-Chief of The Dieline where he shares his passion for package design with millions of readers. Since then, he has founded The Dieline Awards, now in its 7th year, to formally recognize the world’s best consumer product packaging design. He also founded The Dieline Conference at HOW Design LIVE, now in its 6th year. Andrew is the author of Box Bottle Bag – The World’s Best Package Designs from The Dieline. He is also an advisory board member of AIGA Los Angeles, and teaches packaging design at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California.
In 2015, Andrew was named the Editorial & Creative Director of HOW Design Magazine, becoming the youngest editorial director of a design magazine ever.
Ilise Benun is the founder of Marketing-Mentor.com, the go-to online resource for creative professionals who want better projects with bigger budgets. She is also a national speaker and business coach, author of 7 books and the Marketing Mix Blog, and host of the #HOWLive podcast and the Marketing Mentor Podcast. In addition to being a Program Partner for HOW Design Live, she teaches as adjunct faculty at Pratt Institute and Maryland Institute College of Art. Her online courses can also be found through CreativeLive, HOW Design University and American Writers & Artists Institute. Follow her @ilisebenun and get her Quick Tips: www.marketing-mentortips.com
Zachary Petit is editor-in-chief of the National Magazine Award–winning publication PRINT, a freelance journalist and a lifelong literary and design nerd. Formerly, he was the senior managing editor of HOW magazine and PRINT, the longtime managing editor of Writer’s Digest magazine, and executive editor of several related newsstand titles.
During his tenure HOW and PRINT have won numerous awards. Petit is also the author of the books Treat Ideas Like Cats (Fall 2016), and The Essential Guide to Freelance Writing: How to Write, Work and Thrive On Your Own Terms. @zacharypetit, zacharypetit.com
Program Advisor Bios
A native southerner and graduate of the College of Design at North Carolina State University, Ed Roberts is a writer, speaker and award-winning creative lead at ElectriCities who has worked on both the client and agency sides of the business for more than 20 years. He is a leading expert at constructing high-performing corporate teams. Managing the growth of in-house departments as well as those who contribute to them has become Ed’s professional passion.
Ed enjoys exploring design, creativity and business strategy and writes extensively about these topics as they relate to in-house management for HOW magazine, HOW’s In-house Designer Blog and The Creative Group Blog. He has interviewed some of the industry’s most forward-thinking leaders—including Pentagram Partner Michael Bierut, Typographer Gail Anderson, author Steven Heller, Garden and Gun magazine Art Director Marshall Mckinney, Chermayeff & Geismar & Haviv Partner Sagi Haviv as well as the in-house team at Bloomberg Businessweek with Creative Director Richard Turley.
Ed judged HOW’s 2015 In-house Design Awards with Ashleigh Axios and Alex Center. He serves on the IHAF Board of Directors, is a programming partner for the HOW Interactive Design Conference series, and recently developed the In-house Management Certification program for HOWU. Ed accepted the Mosaic Award from the American Advertising Federation for best multiethnic student program for an internship program developed for diverse high school students. Follow him on Twitter at @InHouseObs.
Andy Brenits is a brand and creative strategist with extensive experience building and leading creative teams for national and international brands. He has worked with major brands such as Banana Republic, The Gap, National Football League, KPMG, and Arizona Public Service. In addition to consulting and writing, Andy is the President of the board of directors at InSource and lectures on Visual Branding at Columbia University in New York.