HOW Design Conference / Sponsors


HOW Design Conference sponsors and exhibitors bring you the newest and best tools and services for designers. Be sure to check out the Exhibit Hall and spend some time talking to the folks manning the booths—you’ll find new ways to use the tools you’ve already got, discover brand-new tools and technologies to help you your job even better, and pick up some great freebies while you’re at it!

Interested in getting your products into the hands of thousands of designers? Contact Elayne Recupero at 267.247.5874 to discuss opportunities.


Executive Sponsors

 Adobe is changing the world through digital experiences. We harness our creative DNA to not only enable the creation of beautiful and powerful images, videos, and apps, but also to reinvent how companies interact with their customers across every digital channel and screen. We help creative professionals, publishers, developers, and businesses create, publish, promote, and monetize their content anywhere. Our customers have a profound impact on our visual culture by continuing to reinvent design, art, the web, mobile apps, video, broadcast, and printed content.

We love paper. Paper is a recyclable, plant-based product that connects us in so many ways to the important things in life. Domtar is committed to the responsible use of paper. We’re also committed to communicating paper’s place and value to the businesses and people that use our products every day.
 Domtar is the largest integrated manufacturer of uncoated free sheet paper in North America. We design, manufacture and distribute recognized brands such as Cougar, Lynx Opaque Ultra, Husky Opaque Offset and EarthChoice Colors & HOTS.

FiberMark is a world-leading manufacturer of fiber-based decorative covering materials and  dyed-through paperboards for luxury packaging and high-end identity/branding collateral. The  material quality of FiberMark products has promotional value to define and distinguish brands.  Within the broad categories of business segments and growing number of niche markets we  participate in, FiberMark’s naturally creative products, processes and people are continually  helping to strengthen brands, bolster quality and drive performance. FiberMark is a trusted  source, solutions provider and creative partner for our customers and designers like you.
International Paper is a global paper and packaging company with manufacturing operations in North America, Europe, Latin America, Russia, Asia and North Africa. Its businesses include uncoated papers and industrial and consumer packaging, complemented by xpedx, the company's North American distribution company. Headquartered in Memphis, Tenn., the company employs approximately 70,000 people following the acquisition of Temple-Inland Inc. and is strategically located in more than 24 countries serving customers worldwide. International Paper net sales for 2011 were $26 billion. Temple-Inland Inc., which was acquired in February 2012, had 2011 net sales of $4 billion. For more information about International Paper, its products and stewardship efforts, visit
Kallima® Paper, proudly manufactured by the Tembec Paper Group, is a family of FSC certified C1S, C1S Plus and C2S coated cover. On top of being a leading advocate of sustainability, Kallima® Paper has a distinct low-density high-bulk construction resulting in less trees used and significant cost savings to the customer. 
Kallima gives designers complete versatility and is an ideal choice for anything from annual reports, brochures, magazines, greeting cards to calendars, menus, direct mail and much more. Kallima lets the creativity run wild with film lamination, embossing, die cutting, folding, foil stamping, aqueous coating and UV coating.
Mohawk is North America’s largest privately-owned manufacturer of fine papers and envelopes which are preferred for commercial and digital printing, photo specialties and high-end direct mail. Mohawk fine papers and envelopes, proudly made in the USA, include the signature brands Mohawk Superfine® and Strathmore®, as well as proprietary treatments Inxwell® and i-Tone®. With a culture of innovation, Mohawk’s business model now extends beyond paper manufacturing into new areas of growth, including digital substrates and web-based software platforms, which connect designers and printers to new markets. 
Mohawk is a fourth-generation, family-owned and operated business based in Cohoes, New York, with global sales and operations located throughout North America, Europe and Asia. For more information, please visit
Monotype is a leading global provider of typefaces, technology and expertise, enabling optimal user experiences and brand integrity. 
MWV, a global paper and packaging solutions leader, helps you make a great impression with its Tango(R) C1S and C2S coated cover line. Many of the world's most admired brands like the clean white styling, high brightness and outstanding tactile feel with proven print performance. Tango has become the cover grade of choice for printers, merchants, designers and brand owners.

NEENAH the PROUD SPONSOR of the HOW Conference, The Closing NEENAH/HOW Party and the Dieline Conference.  Neenah (NYSE: NP) is an innovative leader in the creation and manufacturing of premium, specialty, digital and sustainable papers used for premium writing, text, cover, packaging, label, stored value paper cards and specialty needs. The Neenah signature portfolio includes market leading brands such as CLASSIC®, ENVIRONMENT®, CRANE® Papers, ASTROBRIGHT®, ROYAL SUNDANCE® and now The Design Collection. The Collection is an aggregate selection of 11 brands including designer-styled Neenah brands and experimental luxury brands from our Italian partners Gruppo Cordenons.
Neenah places prime importance on recycled and alternative fiber products through the Neenah Green initiative. Using technology to increase the use of premium paper Neenah invites you to download the new OSX CABINET™ app for immediate realtime viewing of all of our offerings. Visit for more information or call (800) 558-5061.
Sappi—our passion for paper can be traced back over 150 years. Sappi Fine Paper North America, known for innovation and quality, is a preeminent producer of coated fine papers, headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts. Its highly recognized brands, McCoy, Opus, Somerset and Flo, are used in premium magazines, catalogs, books and high-end print communications. Sappi Fine Paper North America is a subsidiary of Sappi Limited (JSE), a global company headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa, with over 14,000 employees and manufacturing operations on three continents in seven countries and customers in over 100 countries around the world. Learn more about Sappi at:
Specializing in T-Shirts & Textile Printing, Hand-Pulled Posters, Invitations, Handbills, Signage and Archival Serigraph Art Prints.

STANDARD DELUXE (est. 1991) is a High Quality Design & Silkscreen Print Shop, Onsite Gallery/Retail Store and Outdoor Music Venue located in rural East Alabama. 


The Creative Group is a leader among creative and marketing staffing agencies. We specialize in connecting talented, creative professionals with companies looking to hire interactive, design, marketing, advertising and public relations talent. As the creative, and design staffing division of Robert Half, we offer flexible solutions to meet companies' project, contract-to-hire and full-time employment needs. The Creative Group is a creative and design staffing agency that is well-connected to the communities we serve. We have built valuable relationships with the top industry organizations, including AIGA, HOW Magazine, Graphic Design USA and The American Advertising Federation (AAF).

As the world’s most innovative producer of XXL-graphics, Vision produces some of the biggest, boldest imaging in the graphics industry, graphic specialties include POP graphics, billboards, tradeshow graphics, banners, backdrops, building wraps, murals, wallscapes and window graphics and much more. Vision is also known for its expertise in event graphics for arenas, ballparks and stadiums, including the 2002 Winter Games, NFL Super Bowls.


Associate Sponsors

Potent paper beats rock. Potent paper beats scissors. Potent paper crushes commonplace.
Paper can be the difference between a glance and an ogle. Between tossing it out and tucking it away securely on the shelf. Between being passed by and pressing buttons. When used correctly, paper can be seriously powerful stuff. We make and distribute uncommonly potent paper. Paper that will stimulate. Paper that will resonate. Paper that will push your work to transcend pixels and pulp.
Offering you two distinctive brands. Curious Collection - Innovative, color-forward, text & cover papers. Utopia - Premium, sustainable, coated papers.
The first North American coated paper mill to be Forest Stewardship Council(tm) (FSC(r)) certified (FSC(r) C007796), it is on the WWF's Environmental Paper Company Index (EPCI) for environmental transparency, 1 of 25 paper companies worldwide to be so honored. Appleton Coated maintains ISO14001 certification and is an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Green Power Partner. In addition, it is one of six Green Tier II companies recognized by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) as having exceptional environmental management systems in place.
We're Appleton Coated. Makers of Utopia(r) and the Curious Collection - Focused on paper since 1889.

AtTask is the only provider of cloud-based Marketing Work Management solutions for in-house creative and marketing teams. This provides a single, central place to better manage and control the chaos of marketing work, which improves visibility and productivity by eliminating wasted time dealing with fragmented, siloed tools and processes.
Established in 1871, the family-owned French Paper Company is one of the last American, small, independent paper mills. Since 1922, all French Papers are made using 100% renewable electricity generated by French’s own green hydroelectric plant (saving over one million barrels of fossil fuels to date).
FreshBooks is the #1 cloud accounting solution designed for small business owners. When Mike McDerment, co-founder and CEO of FreshBooks, accidentally saved over an invoice back in 2003, he turned his frustration into a better way to manage the accounting for his small business. Since building the company from his parent's basement, FreshBooks has helped more than 5 million people collect billions of dollars through easy-to-use time tracking, invoicing and expense management. Industry accolades include back-to-back 2013 and 2014 Stevie Awards for customer service and the 2013 IXDA Award for iPhone design. Based in Toronto, Canada, FreshBooks serves paying customers in over 120 countries. Learn more or sign up for FreshBooks at
As one of New England’s oldest and largest sheetfed printers, J.S. McCarthy continues to grow. Innovation is more than a word at J.S. McCarthy, it is the culture. We have the skilled craftspeople to produce the finest printing jobs in the region, the latest equipment to make it happen, and the desire to be the best in the industry. For more information, please visit
London International Awards, also known as LIA, is a global competition celebrating creativity and the power of ideas in all forms of Design, Package Design, Advertising, Digital, Branded Entertainment, Production and Music & Sound. All companies and/or individuals involved in the creative process are eligible to enter the competition.
Monadnock Paper Mills works with the world’s leading brands to craft and customize environmentally responsible performance papers for commercial printing, packaging and technical applications. Monadnock is committed to responsible environmental stewardship and maintains that fiber-based alternatives to plastic can be cost-efficient, environmentally sensitive and beautiful. We'll highlight the Envi Portfolio of products for retail and hospitality as well as our flagship Astrolite, Astrolite PC 100, Dulcet and Caress fine printing papers. 
With over 60 years of print experience and a dedication to innovation, Navitor is redefining what is possible in the print industry. We offer the industry’s widest selection of personalized business solutions exclusively to our members. 
Navitor is dedicated to our customer’s success. We have the products, people, passion and power to help our members thrive in their business ventures. Our community of experts work together with our members to provide them the print industry’s leading solutions, services, products, and support. We believe that, together, we can achieve more. We call that the power of us. 
Polar Seltzer tingles your taste buds while providing the health-smart hydration of water. Our seltzers are crafted with no more than three ingredients – water, bubbles and the best-tasting natural flavors you can find (…and nothing else).

Founded in 1882, Polar Seltzer is a true American original. We refreshed folks way back before color television, before the invention of bottle caps, even before North or South Dakota were part of America.

For over 130-years, Polar Seltzer has remained a family-owned and operated business. We still craft our own recipes, we bottle our products, we deliver them across the country, and then we work hard to make sure they stay fresh and stocked on your store shelf.

Refreshingly natural, don’t you think?


YUPO Synthetic Paper is 100% recyclable, waterproof and tree-free, with attributes and properties that make it the perfect solution for a variety of marketing, design, packaging and labeling needs. YUPO is the Global Leader in Synthetic Papers and because of those unique attributes and technical superiority, YUPO provides limitless possibilities in the print, design and packaging worlds. 

Technology Sponsors

123RF is a royalty-free digital media library that offers a wide variety of budget-friendly commercial and editorial images, video footage, audio clips, logo designs and illustrations. From its humble beginnings in 2005, 123RF now ranks as the leading global provider of content.
With more than 18,000 students, Academy of Art University is the largest accredited private art and design university in the nation.  Founded in 1929, the school offers accredited AA, BA, BFA, B.Arch*, MA, MFA and M.Arch degree programs in 23 areas of study, as well as pre-college art experience programs, teacher grants, and short-term portfolio development classes in continuing art education.  Flexible online degree programs are also available in most areas of study.
Academy of Art University is an accredited member of WASC, NASAD, CIDA (BFA-IAD, MFA-IAD), NAAB (B.Arch*, M.Arch) and CTC (California Teacher Credential).
*B.Arch is currently in candidacy status.
Depositphotos is your one-stop royalty-free content solution offering millions of hight-quality photographs, vector images, videos and editorial files. We serve customers from over 192 countries, giving them support in 15 languages. has the largest in-stock selection of sizes, styles and colors, which is sure to please the most creative clients. Products are available plain custom printed, starting with low 50 quantity minimum. Not sure yet? Order product samples and a swatchbook. 

Celebrating 20 years in business, Extensis® is a leading developer of software and services for creative professionals and workgroups. Their solutions streamline workflows, securely manage digital assets and fonts, and control corporate typographic branding. Used by hundreds of Fortune 5000 companies, Extensis’ award-winning server, desktop, and web service products include: Portfolio Server® for digital asset management, Universal Type Server® for server-based font management, Suitcase Fusion™ for single-user font management, and the WebINK® web font rental service. Founded in 1993, Extensis is based in Portland, Oregon, and the United Kingdom. For additional information, visit

inMotionNow is a leading provider of creative department workflow solutions, facilitating efficiency and productivity from project kickoff to final approval. The company’s flagship SaaS product, the inMotion Workflow Automation application for enterprise creatives, enables companies to manage and track their print, video, and interactive projects in a centralized, online environment. inMotion reviewers can access and markup content online and deliver approval back in minutes, from any internet-enabled device or through the inMotion app for iPhone and iPad.
Jakprints is your friend in the print industry with high-quality, affordable, eco-friendly products in Full Color Printing; Label and Sticker Printing; Embroidery and Apparel Printing; and Large Format or Banner Printing. Jakprints serves more than 90,000 customers worldwide -- from musicians, artists and designers to corporations or individuals -- with a wide range of projects customized to bring the best attention to your brand, company or event. Create the perfect piece for your next project at or speak with our expert staff. Create Yours Now™

MAXON CINEMA 4D, considered one of the fastest growing and widely used solutions for content creation, is a fully integrated 3D modeling, animation and rendering package. It delivers superior image quality, handles millions of polygons, offers unlimited objects, lights, materials and animation tracks, and seamless capability for Macintosh and Windows. CINEMA 4D possess rock solid stability, incredible display and render speed along with an ease of use unparalleled in 3D animation software packages. It is actively used at leading film, post production and broadcast facilities including Sony Pictures Imageworks, Rhythm and Hues, Framestore CFC, Disney, Imaginary Forces and Fox Television.
We develop productivity solutions that automate marketing, brand management, creative design, packaging and prepress processes so organizations around the world can be more productive. With thousands of customer sites worldwide, we have the solid experience and range of solutions to quickly help your organization take its productivity to the next level through improved processes, workflows and communications.

For more than 50 years Pantone has been the world leader in color selection and matching, providing designers and color professionals across all major industries with products and services for the colorful exploration and expression of creativity, and for accurate color communication from inspiration through realization. Pantone offers market-responsive color guides, chips and swatches; design software; color capture devices; monitor calibration systems; paints and consumer products; custom color services; color intelligence; and color training and education programs. In addition, Pantone sponsors live events and webinars to inform and inspire color professionals in every major market around the world.
Roland’s most advanced printer/cutters for graphics professionals will be demonstrated at How  Design Live. Priced at just $8,495, the 20-inch VersaStudio BN-20 fits right on the desktop,  printing and contour cutting comps, signs, posters, labels and apparel heat transfers with  stunning metallic effects. White ink option available. VersaUV LEC printer/cutters print, die- cut, crease, perf-cut and emboss package prototypes and labels from your choice of media.  Equipped with CMYK, white and clear inks, the VersaUV LEC series is supported by color  management and proofing solutions from CGS, GMG and EFI. Available in 30- and 54-inch models.
We are designers and domestic manufacturers of high end packaging solutions. We are a high energy, high structural design packaging manufacturer located in Warren, RI. We collaborate with our clients and their design agencies to produce beautiful high quality packaging. We make everything in our facility in RI and we use many recyclable materials. Our capabilities include, curved panel folders, gift boxes, perfect edge technology, portfolio boxes, foil stamping, embossing, and die cutting. Some of our customers include: Natori, Calvin Klein, Crabtree & Evelyn, American Express, Net-A-Porter, and RR Donnelly.

Wacom Technology Corporation, the world leader in Pen based technology, used by Designers in 2D and 3D software, for the creation and editing of graphics content, showed it’s latest products. The IntuosPro Pen and Touch graphics tablets, Cintiq Interactive Pen and Touch displays,  and the NEW Companion Tablet Computers for Windows8 and Android systems. Wacom provided hands on demonstrations for attendees. Wacom demonstrated the benefits of using their products for productivity gains and creativity enhancements for professional designers in all fields.
WebDAM is the leader in digital asset management, revolutionizing the way organizations manage creative files. WebDAM provides marketing and creative teams a platform with online tools for managing, sharing, searching, organizing, and accessing creative collateral in the cloud. Enjoyed by the world’s best brands, WebDAM has been implemented across all industries such as high-tech, agencies, higher edu, nonprofit, healthcare, travel, manufacturing and government.

Widen is a marketing technology company that powers the content that builds your brand. Leveraging cloud-based resources, Widen delivers configurable, scalable, and cost-effective digital asset management solutions to help you easily store, search and share your digital content. Organizations of all sizes use Widen’s SaaS DAM solution, the Media Collective, to streamline their marketing and creative workflows and make their content work harder. Widen is trusted by hundreds of thousands of users around the world at organizations like LG, Roche, Trek, Cornell University, New Orleans Tourism Marketing, The Atlanta Falcons, Red Gold Tomatoes, Electrolux, Yankee Candle, and SeaWorld.

Once upon a time, there was an itsy-bitsy business idea called WriterAccess that aimed to bring quality writing services to the world. The mission was simple: Make it easy to find writers, place orders and keep the great content flowing to readers and fans. Writers passed tough screening tests to help surface the best. An award-winning platform was developed to manage the workflow. Customers then galloped to the content marketplace in droves. Everybody now lives happily ever after—tens of thousands of customers, agencies, SEO firms, writers, readers and more!

Printer Sponsors


4over, Inc.

Custom Craft by Carlson Craft
Allied Printing Services, Inc.

Bridgeman Images Legion Paper
Choose Print
New Leaf Paper
Convertible Solutions Penmor Lithographics (PINE PAVILION)
Corporate Image ProofHQ
DS Graphics Shawmut Printing (PINE PAVILION)
Epic Litho
Vermont College of Fine Arts
Flagship Press WunderLand Group
Independent's Service Company Widen Enterprises Inc.
International Engraved Graphics Association


The Artcraft Company

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