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Exhibit Hall

Get ready for a brand-new Exhibit Hall at HOW Design Live in 2015! To mark our 25 Anniversary, we've re-imagined the whole experience. Expect a more purposeful, more interactive—and above all—more playful Exhibit Hall. Eat, drink, meet, greet, kick back and exchange ideas all in one dynamic space.

Of course the Dieline Awards will be returning, as will the Stock Photo Expo. And, as always, you’ll find plenty to browse in the Bookstore. But we have much, much more in the works. Stay tuned as we let you in on some exclusive details in the coming weeks!

NEW this year: Enjoy extended hours at the Exhibit Hall, plus longer breaks between sessions to maximize your play time!

Exhibit Hall Hours

New This Year

You can think of the Exhibit Hall as the home base of your HOW Design Live experience. And home base just got a massive remodel. In addition to everything you’ve always looked forward to—like nearly 100 Exhibitors—we’ve created an immersive, elevated, interactive experience all for you!

Well, a little bit for us, too. This is the 25th Anniversary of the HOW event after all. So we’re celebrating. Take a look at HOW we’re doing it big in Chicago this May 4 – 8.

EcoStatic Wall, sponsored by EcoStatic | Your thoughts. A 30-foot wall. Have fun!
Tweet Suite, sponsored by Getty Images | Want to go big when you go digital? Tweet using #HOWLive and your 140 characters will be projected for all onsite or online to see!
Book and Poster Signings | Your design heroes will be signing, mixing and mingling all week.

Professional Headshots | You’re coming in your fancy clothes anyway—why not score professional headshots for only $15? Plus, browse the onsite Job Board!
Strathmore Archives, sponsored by Mohawk Paper | Get an up-close look at the simplicity and beauty of the past to take your design into the future.
Wheels 4 Water | HOW is about more than career advancement—it’s also a chance to give back. Co-founded by HOW speaker Justin Ahrens, the mission of W4W is simple: “We ride our bikes to help people get water and sanitation for life.” And this year at HOW, YOU can join them on bikes set up inside the Exhibit Hall and bring clean water to a child in need.

Recharging Stations, sponsored by
The BOSS Group | OK, sometimes you literally need to recharge. HOW has you covered—with plenty of outlets.
Bookstore Bistro | Another place to relax, with free breakfast Tuesday – Thursday!
Digital Caricaturist sponsored by MetaCommunications | Remember HOW—and remember to laugh—with a FREE, shareable likeness of your cute self.

GREAT BIG GAMES | Life-size versions of your childhood (and grown-up) favorites to break the ice and facilitate IRL friending.

Selfie Stations | We’ll bring the Chicago backdrops, you bring yourself. Indulge in shame-free selfie fun.
Pop Up Shops | Buy exclusive design at the surprise shops from some of your favorite designers! Gotta catch ‘em all.
Bonus Fun: We’re swagging out this year with FREE, limited-edition collectible buttons for all attendees so you can trade, swap or steal to your heart’s content. Tote your loot around in your 2015 HOW bag sponsored by MetaCommunications and—big announcement time—you’ll also be scoring an exclusive t-shirt designed by Aaron Draplin, sponsored by Workfront. All of this gratis of course, because we like you.

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There’s a sponsorship opportunity for every budget level, from a highly visible booth in the Exhibit Hall to an email blast to attendees or your company’s name on important Conference materials—but these opportunities fill up fast. 

To find out more and guarantee your visibility, contact Elayne Brink Recupero • 267-247-5874