Festival Coverage

Hopscotch Design Festival preview

One of the great features of Hopscotch Music Fest is that it not only aims to expose the community to new music, but also a deeper range of culture. This year, to the delight of the growing design community in Raleigh, Hopscotch is introducing its own Design Festival. Kicking off a day before the music begins, the Design Festival promises an enlightening conversation about current design and its role in the future.

With its own lineup and separate wristband, the Design Fest will house a subculture of people separate from the typical nightgoers. However, the two festivals will not only have overlapping attendees, but also overlapping performers as a few of the Design Festival’s speakers are on the Hopscotch Music Festival schedule.. With worldwide renown designers, the festival is sure to be compelling and informative for designers and nondesigners alike.

The 2-day Design Festival will take place from Sept. 3rd – 4th. From 9:30am to 4pm on Wednesday, there will be speakers at the Raleigh Convention Center, CAM’s Main Gallery and Classroom, Flanders, Clearscapes, and Red Hat. Speakers include Brian Singer of Pinterest, Pierce Freelon + Apple Juice Kid co-founders of Beat Making Lab, and Doug Powell of IBM. During this period, there will be Interactive Projects and a Prototyping Festival. In addition, from 1pm – 4pm, the Raleigh Convention Center will be hosting a Hopscotch Lab featuring Elliot Montgomery’s Extrapolation Factory.

The Extrapolation Factory was a project developed by designers Chris Woebken and Elliott Montgomery to encourage people to get in the mindset of not predicting, but actively embodying design. The Extrapolation Factory features “futuring research;” it is an imagination-based studio that uses hands-on activities to further people’s understanding of how we control the future through our design. By the end of the lab, participants should have a deeper understanding on how “futuring” affects them and they’re powerful role in it.

From 4pm – 5pm there will be a Happy Hour at CAM immediately preceding Shohei Shigematsu’s seminar at the Raleigh Convention Center. Shohei Shigematsu became Director of the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) in 2006 and a Partner in 2008. Shigematsu has directed multiple architectural projects under OMA including the Milstein Hall (a College of Architecture extension) and the current construction of the Quebec National Beaux Arts museum and the Faena Arts Center in Miami Beach. Shigematsu has even collaborated with Kanye West on a seven-screen pavilion that was unveiled at the Cannes Film Festival in 2012.

Following Shigematsu’s seminar is an In-House Design reflections panel at Red Hat. The first day’s events will end with a party at Lincoln Theatre from 8pm – 10pm.

On Thursday, speakers will be having seminars at participating venues the Raleigh Convention Center, the Stockroom, King’s Barcade, Raleigh City Museum, and Lincoln Theatre. Included in Thursday’s speakers are Annie Atkins the lead graphic designer for Wes Anderson’s film The Grand Budapest Hotel, Tristan Shone and Lee Noble. As a mechanical engineering and musician, Tristan Shone has built his career designing custom machines and speakers for his music project Author & Punisher. He has been producing his “doom-influenced” sounds for the past 10 years releasing 5 albums to date. Shone will be performing at Kings Barcade on Thursday at 11:30pm. Lee Noble runs No Kings in Los Angelos, a small-batch tape release record label. Noble plans to discuss the aesthetics in the combination of music, art, and design in relation to his label. Noble’s music is described as mysterious and elusive and he will also be playing Hopscotch Thursday at Fletcher Opera Theater at 9pm. Thursday’s events will end with a day party at the Convention Center.

Hopscotch is selling 2-Day Design Festival passes for $150 and for half price with the purchase of a VIP or 3-day music pass.

Below is a full list of speakers.

Shohei Shigematsu – Partner of the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA)

Harper Reed – Founder and CEO of Modest, Chief Technology Officer for Obama 2012 campaign

Sarah Miller Caldicott – executive with Global 500 firms including Quaker Oats/Pepsi and the Helene Curtis subsidary of Unilever, co-author of Innovate Like Edison: The Five Step System for Breakthrough Business Success

Elle Luna – Designer, painter, and writer. Creator of Bulan Project

Kai-Uwe Bergmann – Partner at Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG)

Alexander Isley – Founder of Alexander Inc., graduate of NCSU’s College of Design and The Cooper Union School of Art

Doug Powell – Design Principal and Design Education Program Director at IBM

Annie Atkins – Lead Graphic Designer on Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel

Brian Singer – Manager on the Communication Design team at Facebook, previously worked with Apple, Adidas, Stanford Lively Arts, and Chronicle Books

Maurice Woods – Founder and Executive Director of the Inneract Project

Casey Caplowe – Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer of GOOD

Cliff Bleszinski – Former Design Director at Epic Games

Sha Hwang – Designer on team, worked with The New York Times, CNN, MTV, Flickr, and Adobe

Pamela Abalu – Global Head of Design and Construction for MetLife Inc.

Mitchell Silver – Commissioner of New York City’s Dept. of Parks and Recreation

Elliot Montgomery – Co-Founder of The Extrapolation Factory

Matt Tomasulo – Chief Instigator of Walk [Your City]

Jake Levitas – Innovation Fellow in the San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Civic Innovation

Rob Cotter – Founder and CEO of Organic Transit

Katie Potochney – Creative Director at SYPartners

Jarin Tabata – Creative Director at SYPartners

Timothy Myers – Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of North Carolina Opera

Patrick Hobgood – Raleigh native who worked for the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) and currently at family business Kenneth Hobgood Architects (KHA)

Tristan Shore – Musician and Engineer; playing Hopscotch Thursday at King’s Barcade under the name Author & Punisher

Apple Juice Kid & Pierce Freelon – Co-Founders of the Beat Making Lab

Lee Noble – runs No Kings record Label, performing at Hopscotch on Thursday at Fletcher Opera Theater

Heather Cook – Founder of Shind!gs

Kaitlyn Goalen – Co-Founder of Short Stack Editions

Meredith Pittman – NCSU’s College of Design Graduate working with Wild Yonder and Ellen Cassilly Architect

Garrett Grohman – Manager of A&R at Indiegogo

Merrette Moore – Founder and Managing Director of Lookout Capital

Creighton Blackwell – Vice President of Branch Networks and Community Engagement at Coastal Federal Credit Union