At HOW Design Live, you’ll get plenty of time to learn from speakers and each other. Take the time to connect with your fellow creatives to exchange new ideas and best practices, and even just blow off steam between sessions. Many of our attendees tell us that as fascinating as our speakers are, the biggest injection of design inspiration comes from spending time with like-minded creatives.

Whatever your networking style, you’ll find plenty of both formal and informal opportunities to get together with your peers. And be sure to check out HOW Design Live’s Facebook page to connect with other designers and creative professionals before the event!

Read on for details about the networking events planned for all four conferences. Want to experience it all? Sign up for The BIG Ticket for an all-access pass!

breakfast roundtables

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday • 8:00 – 9:00 AM

Make the most of breakfast by joining in the roundtables. Each table will have a particular topic, and you’re free to join in wherever you think the conversation is interesting. (Each will also be loosely moderated by either a speaker or an attendee.) And if there’s a topic that interests you, you’re more than welcome to start your own table on the topic of your choice.

stock photography expo

The 7th annual Stock Photography Expo is a great opportunity for you to meet face to face with many stock photography companies, scope out new stock photo vendors, and make contacts that you can put to good use once you return to the office.

networking kickoff

Tuesday • 5:30 – 6:45 PM

The Networking Kickoff gives you the chance to meet a whole bunch of new people, from all five HOW Design Live events. Take part in an easy icebreaking game as you chat with designers (of the print, web, and package design variety), freelancers, in-house managers, agency owners and creative directors. Sponsored by The Creative Group.

exhibit hall opening

Tuesday • 8:00 – 10:00 PM

Hit the Exhibit Hall for the very first time during the Opening Reception. Enjoy drinks, snacks and live music as you wander the booths and connect with your fellow creatives. (Remember to bring a lot of business cards.) Sponsored by Mohawk.

exhibit hall happy hour

Wednesday • 5:30 – 6:45 PM

Mingle with your fellow attendees and check out the swag in the Exhibit Hall! Sponsored by

freelancer showcase & matchmaking happy hour

Wednesday • 5:30 – 6:45 PM

Freelancers and small-agency owners, meet actual prospects in corporate marketing/creative departments who are looking for great design. In-house managers and creative directors, meet tons of talented designers-for-hire and view their portfolios, all in one place! You’ll definitely want to pack lots of business cards for this one!

closing reception

Thursday • 9:00 – 11:30 PM

Don’t miss out on the last official networking opportunity of HOW Design Live. Along with drinks, snacks and live music, you’ll get to enjoy the company of creatives from across the country. Have fun with the folks you’ve already met, but be sure to make some new friends—the people you have fun with tonight are the same people who’ll help you with design problems and creative brainstorming down the road. Sponsored by Neenah Paper.

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