Work will slow at agencies this week as over 3,000 of the most creative people on the planet are gathered in Chicago for the 2017 edition of HOW Design Live. These folks are investing three days in learning new skills, sharing ideas and growing their network of career buddies.

Tuesday evening kicked off on a positive note with award recognition for the 2017 Dieline Awards.  HOW Design Live is an international event and accolades were given to designers from around the globe. Winners were named from the U.S., U.K., Greece, Austria and Australia. The awards and the gallery of work can be viewed here.

The opening ceremonies were revved up when speaker Brian Collins, co-founder of Collins, invited the Chicago Mass Choir to sing and display their passion for the gospel and message of love. Collins shared his experience in the enjoyment that he found in hearing this group for the first time several years ago. He also used their live presence to illustrate a message to the crowd to take information and transform it into inspiration.

Domtar is a sponsor of the event with a resource booth in the exhibitor hall. We enjoyed all of the folks who stopped by to pick up recent editions of Blueline magazine, get their limited edition Cougar button and a chance to win a commemorative framed Cougar poster celebrating 45 years of Cougar paper.

HOW DESIGN LIVE 2017

The creative, design and print world will be a much busier place next week when all of these folks with fresh ideas, and renewed inspiration are unleashed back to their work homes.

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