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Behind the Ropes at the 2012 HOW Design Live Conference

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The HOW Live Design Conference is getting ready to wrap up, and I started to realize that with the four overlapping conferences, a giant tradeshow area, an increased attendance from last year, and the history of Boston around us, there is no way you can even see close to all of this thing.

And as much as goes on in the conference, even more goes on around it. Some is planned, others just happen. Here is a little of the behind-the-scenes stuff that has occurred since my post yesterday.

This sums up a lot of the blogging life, as Ben Lueders is uploading the most recent podcast recap. He’s been co-hosting The Reflex Blue Show with me during the conference. Against The Grain’s own Matt Porter is hanging out right outside the speaker party, waiting for me to take a photo of Bryony and Armin for his post.

Trying out the local flavor at Legal Sea Foods in the giant mall that is connected to this conference center.

Jake Lefebure of Design Army talking to Kris Greene of MDG, Inc.

Pum Lefebure of Design Army telling us about growing up in Thailand, and eventually finding herself in Washington, D.C.

Jake with two of the 2012 Neenah Unshow Competition Winners, Andrew Effendy of Column Five Designs, and Kris Greene.

The Shutterstock party was packed until closing time with people watching “Pixels of Fury,” and event they plan to take on the road. What? There is one hosted by the AIGA Nebraska chapter next month? I may have to check that out…

And a mere half-mile walk away from the party, and we end up at this little place. Neenah paper’s own Jamie Saunders with Justin Ahrens of Rule29.

Are you serious? Everyone here really does know your name. I walk into the place to find none other than Aaron Stubbe of Hayneedle. And wearing one of my company’s shirts to boot.

Even when the convention area feels like it is empty, and nothing is going on, plenty is going on. Sometime’s it’s just restocking paper samples. Today – Dyana Valentine interviews Omaha’s own Steve Gordon about paper.

And then Dyana interviews Aaron Draplin about more paper. I am told these interviews will be making their way onto Against The Grain soon. From the discussions I was overhearing, I am really looking forward to them. Dyana has a way of bringing information out of people in a very positive way, and getting them to share insights like few others I have met.

There is a “calm before the storm” field as Jamie talks with Von Glitschka about the poster he drew that Neenah Paper was about to give away. Just a minute later the convention doors would open, and Von would be flooded by a crowd of people lining up at the chance to get a signed and numbered print. For more on Von’s poster and others in the poster series that were at HOW this year, check out Matt’s article here.

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    Neenah Paper said:

    Super post DB. Thank you for your help, love and support with this blog. I hope everyone understands how much fun it is to do it but how much personal passion goes into its mechanics in order that it will connect with readers other than the moms of those featured in it! See you as soon as possible. Matt