This is the only time all year that you get to spend this much time with your people—other package designers who understand the challenges and joys of your chosen field. Don’t miss the chance to share revolutionary ideas, mix things up, compare experiences and just have a good laugh at the Conference’s wide range of networking activities.

Friday, June 22

HOW Design Live Networking Kick-Off

4:30 – 6:30 pm
Hosted by The Creative Group, masters of the art of networking, the Kick-Off gives you a chance to meet other designers, creative freelancers, in-house managers and packaging designers as you participate in a fun icebreaking game. It’s a great way to meet a wide variety of creatives and, as an added bonus, it’ll get you revved up for the HOW Design Live Opening Keynote.

HOW Design Live Opening Reception

8:00 – 10:00 pm
The Opening Reception, sponsored by Mohawk Fine Papers, is your first chance to explore the overflowing Exhibit Hall, and it’s also a networking opportunity disguised as a party. There will be drinks, snacks and live music, and that just makes it even easier to strike up a conversation with an interesting stranger. And don’t forget the vendors you’ll be meeting—you never know when they’ll be able to provide the perfect solution to a tough design or production problem. So gather as many business cards as possible (your badge pouch is a handy place to stash them).

Saturday, June 23

The Dieline Package Design Conference Happy Hour

5:00 – 6:30 pm
Get to know your fellow attendees in an informal atmosphere and explore The Dieline Exhibit Hall at the same time. This is your chance to start introducing yourself and making friends. You never know when those chance encounters will lead to new projects, career opportunities or future collaborations.

Sunday, June 24

HOW Design Live Sunday Night Reception

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 on Sunday night are the same people who’ll help you with design problems and creative brainstorming down the road.
HOW Design Live always ends with a bang-the kind of loud, fun dance party that comes together when the world's most creative people let off steam after a few intense days together.

This year's party, generously sponsored by Neenah, is Design Revolution. Come dressed as your favorite revolutionary, whether it's Gandhi, Che Guevara, the Frito Bandito or Banksy-or stage your own coup and dress in the way that most represents "revolution" to you.

Downtown Fever will be supplying the groove, with a musical range that spans decades of standards and classics to today's current hits.