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LAist on the Road: The HOW Design Conference

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LAist has hit the road to check out the HOW Design Conference (May 18-21) in Boston. Art Directors, Designers, Photoshop/Illustrator Gurus, and their ilk converged on Boston from all over the US, including contingents from Los Angeles, to get the inside scoop on new techniques and technology to make what you read more pleasant to look at while being even more functional.

With sessions as broad as "Arriving at Creativity" (because some people just aren't as creative as you), to as pointy-headed specific as "FontExplorer X: Tips 'n' Tricks", the Hynes Center was bustling with the black-clad elite. While no berets were cited, plenty of stereotypically "quirky" eyeglass frames abounded.

Cool stuff seen on the showroom floor included Sprout, which lets you create Flash objects without any coding. Also, there was this amazing pen device, called dotpenpro, that captures what you write or sketch on paper as notes, diagrams or drawings to be used in Photoshop or any other application that can handle images.

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If you or someone you know wanted to go to the HOW conference but couldn't make it, podcasts of sessions will be up in a few days at the conference website.