About Us

A trusted source for graphic design knowledge.

You trust HOW for practical, essential, career-making information.

For more than 20 years, HOW has united and engaged the graphic design community to network and share information about business, career development, and creative inspiration through our flagship magazine, our essential line of design books, our industry-leading graphic design conference, web design conference and design competitions.

Now, we introduce HOW Design University (HOW U)—a program of online graphic & web design courses and bootcamps that let you learn alongside some of HOW’s best-known presenters and the most influential designers in the industry. Whether you work for a design firm, for an in-house design department or for yourself, we’ve got the courses to help you become more inspired, more creative and more successful.

HOW Design University (HOW U) courses take you deep into subjects that are critical to your career growth. Our expert instructors have created in-depth lesson plans including video, white papers, articles, worksheets, projects, creative exercises and other resources to help you apply what you’re learning to your day-to-day work. Courses run from 1-4 weeks in length and you can choose when and where to participate. And our online classrooms are fully interactive, so you can engage with the instructor and other students. For more on “how it works” click here.

At HOW U, we’re developing a full curriculum to cover all aspects of design:

Learn from the best. On your schedule.

What Students Are Saying


“I applied what I learned in the HOW U course I took to my portfolio. Shortly after, I attended a portfolio review and creatives there were impressed by the level of strategic thinking in my work. I was offered a job at an ad agency by the end of the day. This workshop and Douglas Davis’ expertise helped me earn this job and now I’m reaping the fruits of my labor.” –Chris J.

I knew with HOW U, I’d get the highest quality and the best and most renowned professionals in the field to teach me. I also appreciate that I can take these courses on my own schedule. — HOW U Student


HOW U provides online graphic design training to thousands of students each year. HOW U courses have helped students acquire new clients, land new jobs (and promotions!), learn new skills and hone their craft. But don’t take our word for it – check out real student testimonials here. Individual course pages also includes student testimonials.

What Are You Waiting For?

Browse our current selection of online courses and check back often as we’re always adding new courses!

Want to demo a course? Learn more here.