In this issue (HOW's August 2008 Issue) HOW explores the booming trend toward handmade elements in design.
Note to Self
Nothing tells a more personal, revealing, intimate story about a creative person than his or her sketchbook. In an excerpt from his new book, the author shares witty and sometimes heartbreaking peeks into 7 such books. Get ready to be inspired.
A Show of Hand
In about 20 years, design has gone from paste-up to slick digital techniques—and back again. Get the scoop on today's handmade trends and see how they're influencing modern graphics.
Tired of all the spam in your e-mail inbox? So was London-based illustrator Linzie Hunter. Her creative solution to her spam problem—a collection of witty illustrations with hand-rendered type—became an internet phenomenon itself. Meet the artist who's spun her junk folder into gold.
If you indulge your creative jones by designing your own stationery, you're not alone. Online outlets like Etsy are helping designers sell their handmade products. Meet 7 people who are doing it well.
For Goodness' Sake
With their communication skills, branding savvy and commitment to their work, creative professionals are uniquely poised to use their talents for the greater good. The author, a designer himself, spotlights a few of his most generous peers and shares some simple ways you (that's right: you!) can make a difference.
Weather the Storm
As the U.S. economy remains choppy, our expert offers 5 tips for preserving—and advancing—your design career.
He said, She Said
It's not uncommon in the design field for spouses or partners to work together. One such couple offers hard-learned advice on keeping the business and the relationship healthy.
Miriello Grafico rehabs its San Diego waterfront digs with lots of handcrafted touches.
HOW recently surveyed designers to see how they're using stock photography, where they're buying and who their favorite vendors are. See the results (and maybe find a new source for interesting images).
Prolific designer/illustrator Von Glitschka shows how taking a break from digital tools and picking up a drawing pen (remember that?) can transform your creative process.