Top 10 Websites for Designers – November 2013

HOW’s art director is at it again and has collected a great new set of top website designs. With everything from type to mobile web design, this month’s list will jump start your creativity. Be sure to check out the changing color scheme of the logo on the Hutchins Center site and the top-notch illustrations...

2014 Graphic Design Salary + Hiring Trends

It’s a timeless and burning career question: How does my salary stack up? Luckily, you can find the answer in The Creative Group’s 2014 Salary Guide. It features starting salary ranges for more than 125 positions in the interactive, design and marketing fields, along with big-picture salary and hiring trends. And there’s good news for...

HOW Creative Inspiration—DIE EMPTY: Unleash Your Best Work Every Day

Editor’s Note: This excerpt is taken from Chapter 3. Reprinted from DIE EMPTY: Unleash Your Best Work Every Day, by Todd Henry with permission of Portfolio, a member of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, A Penguin Random House Company. Copyright (c) Todd Henry, 2013. The Siren Song of Mediocrity Only those who will risk going too far...

Poster Design Inspiration: Where Hero Design Studio, TOMMYINK and These Are Things Find Ideas

It’s pretty easy to find jaw-dropping poster designs. They’re at rock festivals. All over Pinterest and Facebook. Not to mention your favorite design blogs. But where do all the ideas for those great poster designs come from? We talked with three awesome design shops—Hero Design Studio, TOMMYINK and These Are Things—about three recent poster designs...

Top 10 Websites for Designers – October 2013

With the seasons changing, it may be time to revamp your trove of go-to design inspiration. HOW’s art director has you covered. Take a look into the 40-year history of a design firm, discover a “pay-what-you-want” type foundry and explore a well-designed social network for people who love their dogs. Check out our picks below...

Watch This! This Too Shall Pass

One of the most incredible and amazing intersections of music, art, engineering and pure fun can be experienced by watching the pop band, OK Go’s video for their song “This Too Shall Pass”. The video was filmed in one single camera shot capturing a Rube Goldberg contraption with dominoes, automated typewriters, water machines and glasses,...

Do Something Else!

In early 2005 I was stuck. In a creative rut. The ideas weren’t coming as fast. Sometimes they weren’t coming at all. Basically, my Mojo wasn’t working. So, I went on an audition. Although I’ve been performing as a musician since I was a kid, I’ve always wanted to act. Actually my secret desire was...

Design Inspiration: Up Close with the Creators of BLIK Wall Decals + Surface Graphics

One evening, architect Scott Flora and food editor Jerinne Neils found themselves staring at a large, white wall. It was a simple enough question: Paint or wallpaper? But, after much debate, they still couldn’t decide. As they grappled with their decorating dilemma, they soon realized that what they really wanted was something else, another option...