HOW Design Live – Boston, 2018
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Lobster Rolls, HOWie, and Johnny Cupcakes Spinning Vinyl at HOW Design Live

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Boston once again played an amazing host to HOW Design Live this week. The event always goes by so quickly, but I was able to catch a few things while there – and made it back to Omaha with more design inspiration than I could have imagined.

HOW Design Live – Boston, 2018

There may have been a few non-design things going on as well. I found my place! J J Donovan’s Tavern in Faneuil Hall Marketplace. Boston’s oldest bar still at it’s original location – but more importantly, an Irish Bar with my name – how could I go wrong?

HOW Design Live – Boston, 2018

No matter what else is going on around the event, or in the city, as well as the crazy amount of networking going on, HOW is still based on having a crazy amount of talented speakers jammed into just a few days. With over 100 people speaking, there is no way to catch them all live. My personal favorite this year was Emily Cohen’s talk, “Rock the Boat, Baby! The Art of Saying No.” Above, Amy Conover of HOW introduces the next main stage event.

HOW Design Live – Boston, 2018

HOWie has a problem with going missing at these events, but he did make the pub crawl. This year HOWie went Gremlin-style and brought multiples of himself to the event, ensuring at least one HOWie would make it until the closing night party.

HOW Design Live – Boston, 2018

The HOW Design Live Ambassadors were 10 of the best hosts you could want at an event. Keith Smith has been called the “go-to-pub crawl guy,” and he delivered again by arranging an event before HOW Design Live even started. The Ambassadors found new attendees, and made sure everyone was invited.

HOW Design Live – Boston, 2018

The Lobster Roll at Summer Shack did not disappoint.

HOW Design Live – Boston, 2018

Johnny Cupcakes made the two-block walk from his store to DJ the closing party and spun his own vinyl collection. His pop-up booth was also present during the week, but I was happy to have made the very short trek to the brick and mortar store.

HOW Design Live – Boston, 2018

The closing party always seems to come too soon…

HOW Design Live – Boston, 2018

Stefan Mumaw and Bill Garder show off the orange jackets at the closing event. I am not sure I saw HOWie again… he may need to multiply even more next year…