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Meet Your Design Heroes at HOW Design Live

HOW Design Live is the one event in 2015 that will assemble a line-up of speakers that includes the most influential thinkers. The creative talent shaping the future of design. The authors who are shaping culture, business and branding. Your design heroes.

You’ve seen their work. You’ve read their books. You’ve admired their careers. Hear from the boldest names, the sharpest minds, the boundary breakers at HOW Design Live 2015.

New speakers are being added, check back for updates!


Philippe Apeloig

Graphic Designer, Studio Philippe Apeloig

Michael Bierut

Partner, Pentagram

Matteo Bologna

Founder and Creative Director, Mucca Design

Tony Brook

Creative Director, Spin

Dr. Brené Brown

Research Professor, The University of Houston/Author of Daring Greatly

Aaron Draplin

Sole Proprietor, Draplin Design Co.

Jessica Helfand

Partner, Design Observer

Michael Hendrix

Partner, IDEO

Anette Lenz

Graphic Designer, Atelier Anette Lenz

Sascha Lobe

Graphic Designer, Founder, Creative Director, L2M3

Amanda Palmer

Performer, 8 Foot Records

Tom Peters


Maria Popova

Founder, Brain Pickings

Karim Rashid

President, Karim Rashid, Inc.

Tina Roth Eisenberg

Founder, swissmiss

Paula Scher

Partner, Pentagram

Adrian Shaughnessy

Designer, Writer, Educator & Publisher, Unit Editions

Simon Sinek


Mimi Valdés

Creative Director, i am OTHER

Jessica Walsh

Partner, Sagmeister & Walsh

Marina Willer

Partner, Pentagram


Justin Ahrens

Creative Director, Rule29

Glenn John Arnowitz

Director, Creative Services, Pfizer

Irene Au

Operating Partner, Khosla Ventures

Jake Athey

Director of Marketing, Widen

Ashleigh Axios

Digital Creative Director, The White House

Kate Bennewitz

Creative Project Manager, Global Creative Service, LifeFitness

Ilise Benun

Founder, Marketing Mentor

Michael Bierut

Partner, Pentagram

Margot Bloomstein

Principal, Appropriate, Inc.

Peter Borowski

Head of Design, Kraft Foods

Denise Bosler

Principal, Bosler

Noah Brier

Co-Founder, Percolate

Maya Bruck

Independent UX/UI Consultant

Ron Burrage

Head of Global Design, The Hershey Company

Nick Campbell

Owner, Greyscalegorilla

Christopher Cashdollar

Principal and Graphic Designer, Cashdollar Design

Alex Center

Design Manager, The Coca-Cola Company

Phil Cleaver, Ph.D.

Principal, et al design consultants

Robin Colangelo

Global Director of Creative Services, White & Case

Lisa Colantuano

Co-President, AAR Partners

Jonathon Colman

Content Strategist, Facebook

Chris Converse

Designer and Developer, Codify Design Studio

Rodrigo Corral

Creative Director, Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Tim Cox

Director of Creative Services, Publix

Susan Credle

Chief Creative Officer,
Leo Burnett

Douglas Davis

Principal, The Davis Group

Andrew Delaney

Director of Content, North America, Getty Images, iStock by Gettty Images

Rufus Deuchler

Manager of Creative Cloud Evangelism, Adobe

Sem Devillart

Founder, Popular Operations

Doug Dolan

Principal, Doug Dolan Communications, Inc.

Diane Domeyer

Executive Director, The Creative Group

Dr. David Eagleman

Neuroscientist, Author, Creator of PBS' 6-hour Series: The Brain

Andy Epstein

Partner, Cella Consulting

Laura Foley

Creative Director, Laura Foley Design

Dan Formosa, Ph.D.


Tobias Frere-Jones

Founder, Frere-Jones Type LLC

Jason Fried


Amanda Froehlich

Manager, Creative Operations, Saint-Gobain

Steve Frykholm

Creative Director, Herman Miller

Ed Gandia

Founder, International Freelancers Academy

Anna Glansén

Co-Founder, Tomorrow Machine

Von Glitschka

Principal, Glitschka Studios

Bryony Gomez-Palacio

Principal, UnderConsideration, LLC

Jeff Greenspan

Creative Director/Artist, Freelance

Shelley Gruendler

Founder, Type Camp International, Inc.

Tom Guarriello, Ph.D.

Professor, New York School of Visual Arts

Rob Harr

Vice President, Sparkbox

Sam Harrison

Author and Speaker

Cheryl Heller

Chair, MFA Design for Social Innovation SVA NYC

Jeni Herberger

Managing Partner, The Fulcrum Agency

Randy Hunt

Creative Director, Etsy

Clinton Inselmann

Group Creative Director, State Farm

Alexander Isley

Founder, Alexander Isley, Inc.

Jennifer Kinon

Co-Founder,  OCD - Original Champions of Design

Jim Krause

Owner, Jim Krause Design

Robin Landa

Distinguished Professor, Kean University

Katie Lane

Attorney & Negotiation Coach, Work Made For Hire Consulting

David Lesué

Creative Director, Workfront

Ken Lo

Design Director, BLOW

John Maeda

Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers

Bobby Martin Jr.

Co-Founder, OCD - Original Champions of Design

Evelio Mattos

Creative Director, Design Packaging, Inc.

Mark McGuiness

Creative Coach, Lateral Action

Patrick McNeil

Owner, Design Meltdown

Megan Mead

UX Designer, Visa

John Meyer

Co-Founder & CEO, Lemonly

Paul Miller

Designer and Creative Director, Character

Debbie Millman

President & CMO, Sterling Brands

Kray Mitchell

Digital Communications Specialist, The Glencoe Club

Stefan Mumaw

Creative Director, Callahan Creek

Angie Myung

Founder/Creative Director, Poketo

Sebastian Padilla

Creative Director, Anagrama

Jason Pamental

Lead UX Strategist, Fresh Tilled Soil

Nish Patel

CEO, ConceptShare

Ben Pham

Partner & Director of Strategy, Character

Sean Raines

Director of Marketing, United Pet Group

Sonja Rasula

Founder, Unique USA, The Unique Space and CAMP

Lana Rigsby

Founding Partner, Rigsby Hull

Carolina Rogoll

Brand Builder, Author, Faculty, School of Visual Arts

Nick Sambrato

Founder, Mama's Sauce

Jackie Schaffer

Vice President and General Manager, Cella Consulting

Paul Shaw

Designer and Design Historian, Paul Shaw Letter Design

Michael Sikorsky

CEO, Global and Co-Founder, Robots and Pencils

Conor Smith

President, The BOSS Group

James Sommerville

VP Global Design, The Coca-Cola Company

Rachel Sussman

Artist, The Oldest Living Things in the World

Greg Sutter

Creative Services Director, State Farm

Terri Trespicio

Brand and Content Strategist

Tom Tumbusch

Freelance Copywriter, WordStreamCopy

Ted Vadakan

Founder/CEO, Poketo

Janine Vangool

Publisher, Editor, Designer, UPPERCASE magazine

Armin Vit

Principal, UnderConsideration, LLC

Petrula Vrontikis

Professor, Art Center College of Design

David Womack

Executive Creative Director, Mobile and Internet of Things, R/GA

Brian Wood

Web Developer, Author, Trainer,

Jim Woods

Creative Director, United Pet Group

Faris Yakob

Founder, Genius Steals, A Strategy & Innovation Consultancy

Mary Zalla

Global President, Consumer Brands, Landor