Experience

2 beautiful days

Hopscotch Design Festival takes place in Raleigh, North Carolina — one of the fastest growing cities in the United States. Festival attendees experience the buzzing city through a new lense and soak up the start of perfect fall weather.

450 creative minds

We welcomed a record crowd in 2016 with creative minds and designers attending from 10 different states and over 25 different disciplines.

42 inspiring speakers

Over the past three years, Hopscotch Design has welcomed world-class leaders to Raleigh. In 2016, we were honored to host 42 amazing individuals including Tina Roth Eisenberg, Debbie Millman, Terry Irwin, and Dan Heath.

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5 Downtown Raleigh venues

Part of the festival experience is hopping between downtown venues. One of our favorite venues is the Contemporary Art Museum (CAM) in Raleigh’s Warehouse District with its vibrant yellow signage and distinctive roof line.

Collaborating with local makers

Raleigh Denim Workshop helped to design a limited edition denim bag for festival attendees. The bags were hand sewn and screen-printed.

Generating new insights

Speakers joined each other on stage to shape a unique dialogue around their shared ideas and differing perspectives.

Discovering new tools

Virtual Reality Demonstration, Design Thinking with IBM, Design with Discourse, and In the Studio with XPlane. 2016 featured some dynamic hands-on experiences.

Tasting ideas

We collaborated with 4 local chefs to create some tasty afternoon snacks for attendees. Bida Manda prepared a fresh papaya salad inspired by the “Design for Play” talk series. Snackers shook the salad in the box to mix the flavors and celebrate the playful nature of this traditional Laotian dish. Cafe Lucarne, Boulted Bread, and Centro shared some delicious offerings too.

Creating artifacts

Hey Monkey! Studios set up live screen printing on Friday afternoon. Attendees screen printed their own Hopscotch Design poster. Wrist muscles were strengthened and beautiful posters created.

Illustrating the future

We ended the festival with a street party and Ink Wars competition featuring 10 local illustrators. Each artist had 60 minutes to imagine the future on a 4 ft. x 8 ft. canvas.

Alongside 124 bands at Hopscotch Music Festival

Hopscotch brings Downtown Raleigh to life in a magical way. Learn from inspiring design leaders during the day and hear electrifying music after the sun goes down.

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