Hopscotch Design Festival returns to Raleigh next Thursday

RALEIGH — Hopscotch will take over downtown Raleigh in one week, and paired with the nighttime music is the daytime Hopscotch Design Festival.Returning to Raleigh for the third time, the design festival’s two days of events include 42 speakers, 11 emcees and five workshops to give daytime inspiration for every flavor of creative type. The festival’s creators believe that Raleigh, the second-fastest growing city in the U.S., has infinite opportunity for designers from all walks of life to help shape the city’s future. Among the headlining speakers will be Tina Roth Eisenberg, the founder of CreativeMornings, a breakfast lecture series held monthly on the same overarching topic in 151 countries in the world. August’s CreativeMornings topic, “Weird,” was hosted by several North Carolina cities, including at CAM Raleigh, one of the venues for this year’s design festival events. Other Raleigh venues, including Christ the King Presbyterian Church, Clearscapes and the Raleigh Convention Center, will play host to other well-known speakers including:
Dan Heath (New York Times bestselling author, “Made to Stick”)Debbie Millman (Host, Design Matters podcast and chief of marketing, Sterling Brands)Ekene Ijeoma (One of Adweek’s Creative 100)Alexa Clay (Designer and co-author, “The Misfit Economy”)Lawrence Scarpa (Founder and principal, Brooks + Scarpa)Opening remarks will be delivered by Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane the morning of Thursday, Sept. 8 at the Raleigh Convention Center. The festival will feature various forms of discussion, including traditional 40-minute keynotes, 90-minute “talk bundles” featuring 20-minute discussions from 3 different speakers on a shared topic, 50-minute lightning rounds with 10 speakers, and the following interactive workshops:
IBM Design Thinking (with lunch provided by Happy + Hale)Virtual Reality Discovery (with Mike Cuales and Arthur Earnest)Designing the Future of Discourse (with David and Mary Sherwin)The Missing Middle (hosted by the Urban Design Center)In the Studio with XPlane (with Matt Morasky)Raleigh’s Union Station Walking Tour (with NCDOT)Other perks will include swag such as custom-made denim Hopscotch bags and proximity to Hopscotch’s daytime and nighttime party events.For a complete lineup of speakers, click here. For the full event schedule, click here.