July 2006

howdesign.com

howdesign.com

Howdesign.com, HOW magazine’s web extension, describes itself as “ abc The Graphic Design Community’s Trusted Source for Creative Inspiration, Business Advice, and Tools of the Trade xyz ” which is, for once, an accurate self-description. This site offers helpful articles, tips, and links that are aimed at everyone from students to employers that come from professionals within the industry.

Howdesign.com offers a dizzying amount of content and links, as some categories from the Navigate drop-down menu also include a sub-menu, but it’s indexed and described in a logical, straight-forward manner. Some of the stand-out categories include:

  • Design Tools: Features product picks from each month’s magazine that are creative or inventive like the Pantone Color Cue that allows you to capture and store the color of any real-world item that you find inspiring and then later use it in an electronic application. They also offer links to help assist you in finding paper, fonts, and design organizations.
  • Design & Creativity: Articles, quotes, and conferences that will help spin your wheel of creativity.
  • Job Bank: Looking for work? Check employer listings that are updated daily or use them as a way to determine what skills you’ll need to succeed in the design field.
  • Links: Hands-down the most fun you’ll have on the site as you navigate creative sites that cover branding, design, type, fashion, games, and more.

HOW has done an excellent job of creating a true extension of its magazine, steering away from the easy-out of cannibalizing editorial from its print version. It has kept its site relevant with frequent updates and has created a true community that you’ll want to visit again and again.

Reviewer: Brian Seguin, FIDM Library Staff Member