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We’re pressing pause on Hopscotch Design Festival

After an amazing four years, Hopscotch Design Festival is taking a break. Here at New Kind we’ll be taking a step back from our role as the festival’s majority owner and operator, while our partners at Hopscotch Presents, LLC will remain busy planning this year’s ninth annual music festival. If you’ve purchased tickets to Hopscotch Design 2018, you should receive your full refund this week.

From the outset, New Kind and Hopscotch aimed to celebrate the talented people and rich creativity of our region, while also showcasing nationally recognized designers and change-makers. Furthermore, we hoped to bridge our idea with an existing music festival to create a space where attendees could connect, find inspiration, and have fun. We didn’t know if it would work. Or if anyone would come.

But after four years, you provided the answer. Each September, you embraced the experience and boosted Hopscotch’s already exhilarating energy. From the early morning keynotes to the venue sessions and gatherings spanning Raleigh’s downtown, you showed up and made our festival more successful and enjoyable than we’d imagined. In fact, last year was the most well-attended to date.

Our minds are full of memories, takeaways, and gratitude. We’re proud to have engaged with some of the brightest thinkers and creators of our time. To share just a few:

Elle Luna inspired us to choose what we must do, over what we should do.

Dan Heath showed us how to capture the power of moments.

Dori Tunstall, Dean of Design at OCAD in Toronto, encouraged us to blend design with anthropology to design respectfully for communities and cultures.

Tina Roth Eisenberg, founder of CreativeMornings, gave us a list of 10 things she wished she knew when she was getting started.

Jo-Ann Tan, creator and director of +Acumen, encouraged us to break down traditional boundaries and drive social change.

Terry Irwin, Head of the School of Design at Carnegie Mellon University, gave us frameworks to design not just in the usual ways, but to design for transitions.

Josh Silverman showed us his work at Twitter, and how he was focusing on the people layer.

Debbie Millman, brand consultant and host of the Design Matters podcast, shared how to triumph over multiple failures.

Steve Frykholm, legendary Herman Miller graphic designer, covered his best tips on sustaining creativity over a career.

And finally a really timely one: remember when Mike Rigby said that now was the time for design?

We want to sincerely thank you for supporting the festival and providing feedback that helped shape what this festival could be. To our partners and sponsors, thank you for offering your ideas, resources, and time. If you bought a ticket already, check your inbox for refund details from Etix. If you have any questions at all, please email Hopscotch Design Festival co-founder and New Kind CEO, Matthew Muñoz:

Goodbye for now. Thanks for sharing this journey, and for creating this experience with us.

It’s been our absolute honor.

—New Kind and the Hopscotch Design Festival team


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The energy, passion, and enthusiasm that I witnessed, has now been rekindled in me.
- 2016 Hopscotcher

Sept 6-7, 2018 | Raleigh, NC

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