HOW Design Live Speakers

Here’s a sampling of the top graphic designers you’ll get to meet at HOW Design Live. Check each conference’s speaker page to see the full list of speakers for each event.

Reinventing Your Ideas: How the Little Things Yield Big Results

Johnny Earle aka Johnny Cupcakes

Founder of Johnny Cupcakes

Why have thousands of customers from around the world chosen to get Johnny Cupcakes' tattoos? And how does Johnny get hundreds of people to camp outside his faux-bakeries? Over the past decade JC has grown from a "joke" to a multi-million dollar, exclusive t-shirt brand driven by a community of worldwide collectors. Johnny has been named America's #1 Young Entrepreneur by BusinessWeek with features on NPR, MTV, Wired, Inc. & MSNBC.

HOW Design Conference Closing Keynote

Idea Execution: How Ideas Are Brought to Life

Scott Belsky

Co-Founder and CEO of Behance

After years of heading up Behance, the leading online platform for showcasing and discovering creative work, Scott knows a thing or two about getting ideas from concept to fruition. His inspirational keynote will be chock full of insights and practical tips to help you push more of your bold projects to completion.

Basic Principles of Identity Design

Sagi Haviv

Partner and Designer, Chermayeff & Geismar & Haviv

Sagi Haviv is a partner and designer at Chermayeff & Geismar & Haviv. Among his projects for the firm are the logo designs and identity systems for the Library of Congress, National Parks of New York Harbor, Radio Free Europe, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Conservation International and the fashion brand Armani Exchange.

HOW Design Conference Opening Keynote

How to Steal Like an Artist

Austin Kleon

Best-Selling Author

Austin Kleon is a writer, artist, speaker and New York Times best-selling author whose work has been featured on NPR's Morning Edition, PBS Newshour, Time, The Atlantic, Forbes and The Wall Street Journal. His opening keynote is an energizing lesson in applied creativity based on key insights he wishes he'd known about when he started out.

ON FAILURE: How the Worst Moments in Your Life Can Turn Out to Be the Best

Debbie Millman

President, Design, Sterling Brands; Chair, Masters in Branding, SVA

In Debbie's 16 years with Sterling Brands, she has worked on the redsign of global brands for Pepsi, P&G, Colgate, Nestle, Hasbro and many others. She's also authored five books on design and branding, including Look Both Ways: Illustrated Essays on the Intersection of Life and Design and Brand Thinking and Other Noble Pursuits.

How to Avoid Work

James Victore

Designer and Professor, School of Visual Arts in New York

James is a self-taught designer known for his innovative design work, which has won many design awards including the Grand Prix from the Brno Biennele (Czech Republic). His monograph, Victore, or Who Died and Made You Boss? was published by Abrams in 2010.


Jessica Walsh

Partner, Sagmeister & Walsh

Despite being an award-winning designer celebrated by the Type Director's Club, Art Director's Club, Print and more, Jessica's career was founded on play—and she's stressed its importance in her life ever since. In her aptly named session, you'll hear how play has influenced Jessica's work, and see how you can bring a little play into your own life.

Selling Creativity

Mary Zalla

CEO, Landor Associates

Mary's work has involved the conceptual development of new brands, brand architecture analysis and design, strategic brand positioning, competitive category analysis and visual and verbal brand identity development. She developed and implemented Renaissance, a program and guiding philosophy at Landor to help employees understand, enhance, and celebrate creativity and creative outcomes.