HOW Magazine – April 2009

HOW’s April Issue is packed full of inspiration, as it debuts the winners from their biggest competition—the 2009 International Design Annual—featuring 297 award-winning print and interactive designs. This year’s Best of Show is unlike anything we’ve ever seen before!


International Design Awards
After 3 days of judging fabulous design, judges Stefan Bucher, Shannon Carter and Lisa Sanger narrowed down the winners.

Best of Show: Map-tastic
You’ve never seen a city map like this before, and it drew raves from their judges. Take a look at how lenticular technology takes a common object from 2D to 3D—and revolutionizes this wayfinding tool.
Interactive Design Awards

Best of Show: Digital Book Smarts
This year’s Best of Show takes interactive design to new heights, for an engaging environment for visitors to the Library of Congress.


Career: Hot Skills for Slow Times
Recession-proof your design career by brushing up on these 7 in-demand creative skills that’ll give you an edge over your colleagues and competitors.

Creativity: Business Tripping
We were so intrigued by startup design studio Hatch that we peeked inside their San Francisco workspace, too.

Business: Weathering the Storm
Don’t panic. Here are 10 business strategies to help your design firm survive a tough economy—and thrive in the long term.

Disciplines: Information overload
Designers are increasingly tapped to bring clarity to complex data. Here’s what you need to know to create effective infographics in an over-saturated world.

Technology: CS4—Should You Upgrade?
Adobe’s latest version of Creative Suite adds functionality to improve your workflow. Our technology guru tells you whether an upgrade is worth your dollars.


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