My pins are a HOW Award Winner!

Sam Stone Self Promo Pin HOW Magazine Awards Winner

I can’t even BELIEVE IT. It feels really good to see a passion project of mine get recognized! It was just something I wanted to do, that lived inside my head, and people like it!

I entered the HOW Promotion & Marketing Design Awards on a whim, because I love these pins and the response has been good when I hand them out.

I go into more detail on the thought process behind my pins here, in my portfolio.

From the press release itself, the deets!:

Sam Stone Named Merit Winner in

HOW Promotion & Marketing Design Awards

Project selected as one of 81 winning designs from around the globe

[Cincinnati]—Self Promo Pin, a project developed by Sam Stone, was chosen as a Merit winner out of 81 award-winning designs in the most recent HOW Promotion & Marketing Design Awards. This prestigious competition sponsored by HOW magazine is the only award that specifically recognizes the best promotional design.

HOW’s editorial and design team—along with judges Yo Santosa, Charles S. Anderson and Maurice Cherry—selected the winning projects that will gain international exposure in the Fall 2017 issue of the award-winning HOW magazine and  “ at

Project title: Self Promo Pin

Company: Sam Stone

Creative team: Sam Stone

HOW will be accepting entries for next year’s Promotion & Marketing Design Awards; information is available at

About HOW

Founded in 1985, the HOW brand began its life as a print magazine. Today, the brand still includes an award-winning design magazine, but has grown to encompass a host of products and events including several design competitions, HOW U’s online design courses, design books (available at and more. Whether you work for a design firm, for an in-house creative department or for yourself, it’s our mission to serve the business, creativity and technology needs of graphic designers.

Also included in the little winner promo package was this sweet certificate designed by which I totally plan on shamelessly hanging in my home office.

HOW Promotion and Marketing Design Awards Merit Winner Sam Stone Certificate

Can’t wait to see this all featured in print this September in the Fall 2017 issue of HOW magazine! Woohoo!

Business card and pin Sam Stone