Win It: HOW Conference Tickets

I knew one day a giveaway would come along that made me absolutely green with envy. Well friends, here it is. Not only do you have the chance to win two tickets to the HOW Design Conference next month in Boston, you’re also eligible for a $100 discount on the individual full conference rate when you use the exclusive code CRUSH*!

HOW Design Conference is happening in Boston from June 22-25, and you’re invited to be a part of the Design Revolution! You’ll get four days packed with creative inspiration, expert information on communicating with your clients, from-the-trenches advice on growing your career, cutting-edge software instruction, plus a wealth of innovative ideas and great design work.  You’ll also have the opportunity to meet and mingle with some of the industry’s most revolutionary design thinkers like Chip Kidd, Joseph Duffy, Debbie Millman, David Sherwin, Armin Vit, and Christopher Simmons, just to name a few. And be sure to head to the HOW Design Conference Exhibit Hall where you’ll find leading industry suppliers with all the products, services and resources you need to stay on the cutting edge. Plus all the free samples, goodies and giveaways aren’t so shabby either! If that doesn’t get you chomping at the bit, I don’t know what will.

For complete session descriptions, speaker info and everything else you need to know about the HOW Design Conference, including a quick and easy registration form, visit


To Enter:
1. Leave a comment telling me who your design hero is.
2. Make sure the email address you leave is valid. (For notification purposes only.)
3. Do it all by Monday, June 4th 2012 12am CST.

This giveaway is closed. Congrats Katie O.!

* Discount cannot be combined with any other discount offers, including student and group rates. Cannot be used in conjunction with The BIG Ticket registration option.

Please note that Design Crush will receive a small compensation for each ticket purchased through the discount code. View complete giveaway rules and disclosures here.

  • Karin

    May 28, 2012 at 10:22 am

    Wow! What an opportunity!
    These days, Edward Tufte is one of my biggest heros — though not a designer by training, he has been such a leader in broaching the intersection of design and science. Making data beautiful. That’s what I aspire to do.

  • Kristin

    May 28, 2012 at 10:38 am

    My design hero is Saul Bass. He changed the game and brought good motion graphics to the forefront. One of my favorite sayings is from him, that he said to my former program director while she was at RISD: “You don’t always have to give it the ‘go to Jesus’ finish.”

  • Maria Black

    May 28, 2012 at 10:56 am

    My design Hero is Massimo Vignelli. He is awesome, not a challenge to difficult.

  • Krystle

    May 28, 2012 at 11:04 am

    Whoa! I’d love to go. My design hero at the moment is Tad Carpenter.

  • Jason Hardy

    May 28, 2012 at 11:08 am

    One of my design heros is Saul Bass. His designs stand the test of time.

  • Patti

    May 28, 2012 at 11:14 am

    I <3 Milton Glaser.

  • Nikita

    May 28, 2012 at 11:14 am

    A designer whom I admire most for his identity work is Stefan Kanchev. While not as widely known as other designers, his work as as innovative and impressive as that of of Bass, Rand, Glaser and many others who have been in the design spotlight & are considered design pioneers.

    In addition, I don’t have a single design hero persay. I admire and respect anyone who creates work that gives me chills when I look at it and makes me say “I wish I had thought of it.” It doesn’t necessarily have to be a well known design agency or famous designer.

  • Phil Chairez

    May 28, 2012 at 11:21 am

    Hey Kelly,

    I would love to go to the HOW Conference. Great giveaway for sure!

    My design hero is David Airey.

    When I was first getting into the business I learned so much from his blog and his work. His classic approach to logo design and his appreciation of the process of design inspired me greatly. From mind maps, sketches, to the computer, his patient approach always motivated me to do better.

    He also taught me a lot about the business side of design. How to handle yourself ethically when dealing with clients, things to consider when pricing your work, and how to maintain that relationship in a professional way. David’s work and his outlook on life brings such a positive influence for me personally and professionally, something I’ve tried to emulate for others as well.

    He’s the first person I think of when faced with a business or design issue. I’ve asked myself the question “How would David handle this?” more times than I can count.

    I’m definitely the designer I am because of him.

    Thanks Kelly.

  • Sylvia Diaz

    May 28, 2012 at 11:21 am

    This is a great contest! *Crossing my fingers and toes!*

    My design hero is actually a friend of mine, Emiliano Chinchelli. He’s the reason I’m a designer in the first place and he also offered me my first design internship. Without him as a guide, teacher, and inspiration, I wouldn’t be where I am today. He saw my potential and gave me my first glimpse at studio life and the importance of networking.

  • Susan Long

    May 28, 2012 at 11:28 am

    Jeff Fisher is my design hero. I want to be him “when I grow up.”

    Milton Glaser is a design influence of great proportion.

    I also would love to go to HOW again. Many friends are “HOWies.”

  • Jess

    May 28, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    My design hero is Ludlow Kingsley.

    Thanks for a great giveaway! I’ve always wanted to go to HOW!

  • Katie O

    May 28, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    Too many to name. But my first ever was Paula Scher. Her explorations of typography and space + history with record albums and typographic maps have always been an inspiration.

  • Alexis ward

    May 28, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    I’d love to win this! Don Clark at Invisible Creature is a huge design hero of mine. I love how equally genius he is at designing edgy rock albums and fun monster illustrations.

  • Matthew Little

    May 28, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    Jeff Fisher (LogoMotives) is my design hero. I’ve never met Jeff personally, but have “known” him for years via the HOW Design Forums (which seems especially appropriate given the nature of your contest).

    Not only is Jeff a talented designer, he’s an incredibly hard worker, a savvy business person and an all-around great guy. I’m in constant awe not only of his logo development work, but also his contributions to the industry by way of the blogs, books and other publications he is involved in.

    Seven years ago, when I was frustrated and exhausted with an in-house position at my former company, it was a posting of Jeff’s on the HOW Forum that gave me the courage to leave the company and start my own business. I’ve never looked back, and I had the time of my life working for myself. I’m eternally grateful to Jeff for giving me that gift.

  • Priscilla P

    May 28, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    1. Kate Bingaman-Burt. I’ve been her student for a few terms and now I am currently interning for her. As a more illustration-based designer like myself, Kate’s been really inspirational and motivational to me. She believes in me and tries to help whenever she can. It’s really helped my self confidence as a designer 🙂

    2. sugoidesuyo(at)gmail(dot)com

  • Runderella

    May 28, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    My design hero is Melissa Morris Ivone. She’s used her super powers of design to inspire niceness. Pretty awesome when you realize how much we’re exposed to messages that elevate selfishness and competition. Rock on, Melissa!

  • Lauren Nadrowski

    May 28, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    WOW! Thank you for hosting this competition!

    My design hero is Jessica Hische. I know she’s uber-popular right now, but I find her passion for typography and design infectious, and believe that by staying true to her style she has balanced her commercial and personal designs beautifully. Her creative quirks have inspired me many times over the last few years to stay true to my style, but also continue finding ways to keep my style marketable and push that passion to new levels.

  • Hartley

    May 28, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    This is the best giveaway ever.

    So many designers inspire me and they change on an almost weekly basis. My very first ‘design hero’ was Paul Rand, and he continues to be a huge influence. My real heroes, however, are young designers making huge names for themselves…that’s what I really strive to be.

  • Bev Hancock

    May 29, 2012 at 3:41 am

    My design crush is someone who is not a graphic designer but a fashion designer. I believe that good gesign is good design. It is universal and crosses all disciplines. Many of the trends in print take a cue from fashion. My design idol is, and will always be Coco Channel. Bringing to the world of design an exquisite esthetic and a pioneer for women in any field of design.

  • Bec

    May 29, 2012 at 8:20 am

    What an amazing giveaway!

    Milton Glaser is my design hero. He has been from day one.

  • stephanie

    May 29, 2012 at 8:57 am

    one of my first design heroes is Saul Bass (and he always consistently remains on the list).

    thanks for this great opportunity!

  • Jagoda

    May 29, 2012 at 9:02 am

    Easy… Tadeusz Gronowski

  • jessica

    May 29, 2012 at 10:53 am

    Jessica Hische. First designer I found and that could relate to.

  • Lauren

    May 29, 2012 at 10:55 am

    Stefan Mumaw – for sparking creativity.

  • Amy

    May 29, 2012 at 11:16 am

    I am so excited about this giveaway! I would have to say that my design hero is Saul Bass. I remember him being the first designer I learned about in college, and I found him to be so inspiring!

  • Jen Lewis

    May 29, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    I have always admired Petrula Vrontikis as a strong, female designer.

    I would love to go to the HOW Design conference! Amazing giveaway for designers alike 🙂 Thanks, Kelly!

  • Katie

    May 29, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    Great giveaway!

    There are so many designers that I admire, but Jessica Hische is my favorite. Her work and hand-lettering inspires me.

  • adele

    May 29, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    My design hero is: my Mom.

    She is not trained as as designer and she doesn’t work as a designer, but she has shaped my design eye more than anyone else. She does interior design completely intuitively and uninhibitedly, mixing crazy patterns and colors together like nobody’s business. It’s the fact that she decorates her friends’ homes because she loves it so much that I admire her. And because everything she does, she does it from the heart.

  • Rachel

    May 29, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    Fantastic giveaway, friend!

    My design hero is probably Paul Rand. I admired his work but then found his children’s books and that sealed the deal forever. Amour!

  • Nicholas Nawroth

    May 29, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    My design heroes are unconventional…Jack Kirby & Stan Lee. You see, I always wanted to be a comic book artist. I even went to comic book school and that’s when I discovered that creating comics wasn’t for me.

    So I went to design school instead and discovered my true calling. If not for Stan and Jack, I would not have gotten into the design field.

  • Jessica

    May 29, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    My design hero is Maya Ying Lin who is the designer of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. She designed something so simple, but so effective that is an icon and world wide reminder of historical events.

  • Nicole

    May 29, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    Eero Saarinen.

    His furniture design, specifically his Womb chair (for Knoll) has been gracing us since 1948 and it’s classic & beautiful timeless design quality is what I aspire my design work and packaging design to accomplish. Long-lasting successful design.

    I’ll take hitting just an ounce of that goal.

  • Amanda Ingle

    May 29, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    My design hero is hands down my photography professor in college. Even though he was diagnosed with cancer during our semester, he didn’t let it break him. He created one of the most amazing displays I have ever seen. He printed regular portraits on paper bags. It was phenomenal work. And his faith in life and God have inspired me to be more creative.

    I am always looking to learn from my own experiences and others. Going to the How conference could really further my own experience in creativity.

  • Emily

    May 30, 2012 at 8:46 am

    Irving Penn is/was a mastermind photography phenom. My print design idol.

  • Whitney S

    May 30, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    My design idol comes from my mother, Marsha Staiger. Now an awesome painter, she always had a way with color, composition and overall design with not only her paintings, but our house as well. I remember the constant changing of wall colors and rearranging of furniture that best set the season or time in our lives just to make it better.

    I am so proud to be her daughter and am thankful she has thought me how to see things to provide better designs.

  • yvonne

    May 30, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    Brett Stenson. Paula Scher. Saul Bass. are my top 3 designers.

  • Amanda

    May 30, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    Olly Moss is my current design crush.

  • Miya

    May 30, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    Mike Monteiro for encouraging all of us to be exhaustive and intelligent in our processes, impeccable in our work, and community-driven in our practice. Plus insisting that we all insist on getting paid is awesome, too.

  • Kelli

    May 31, 2012 at 12:18 am

    Oooh fun give away.
    My design hero would have to be Milton Glaser for sure.

  • Theresa

    May 31, 2012 at 1:53 am

    My design hero… Bruce Mau. Complete inspiration.

  • Brandi M.

    May 31, 2012 at 8:08 am

    von glitschka because his illustration skills kick a**!!!!

  • BD

    May 31, 2012 at 9:59 am

    Love, Love, Love J Fletcher!

  • Cami

    May 31, 2012 at 11:43 am

    My design hero is Alphonse Mucha, (in my opinion) the father of graphic design. He combined beautiful three-dimensional illustration with accentuated flat surface treatment with commercial product for selling and advertising. Art with a purpose became graphic design.

  • Angela

    May 31, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    Victor Moscoso is pretty awesome! 🙂

  • Casey Ocasio

    May 31, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    Tina Roth Eisenberg is probably my current design hero, love her wit and brains? Thanks for the great giveaway!

  • Jamie

    June 1, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    Gia Graham — company founder of Betsy White Stationery Boutique/Paper Dolls Design. Thank you for this awesome opportunity, Kelly! 🙂

  • Nicole

    June 2, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    This is by far one of the most amazing opportunities for designers! It’s so difficult to pick my favorite designer. I really admire Neville Brody, as well as David Carson. They’re fantastic and create order to chaos. It’s so breathtaking.

  • Lilly

    June 3, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    Kelly, my design hero is my father. Although he is not a working professional in the arts nor creatively inclined; as a child he taught me how to see the magic and beauty in even the smallest things in life. He has supported my creativity in music and the graphic arts, and inspiring me to push myself to my artistic limits; not only making a pretty picture but how to change lives with that pretty picture.

  • Allison

    June 3, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    My favorite designer is Jessica Hische! 🙂