Hotopp is a dynamic creative studio with multiple teams of talented artists, designers, makers, and producers. Our philosophy is that the journey is as important as the destination, and while outcomes matter, they are hard to enjoy if getting there wasn’t a good experience. We’ve been doing this work, in one form or another, for over 35 years, and we’ve stood the test of time by always remembering it’s the designer, not the design, that serves our clients.
In 1984, corporate meetings—at least partly—meant theatrical product shows. That’s how our founder, Michael Hotopp, moved from theater to commercial work: he translated his set-design skills from Broadway to industrial musicals like Leader of the Rack, a production about Frito Lay snacks. Once we got outside the box, we never went back—three decades later, we’re still working to bring brands, stories, and other worlds to life across a variety of industries and mediums.
We don’t do many original corporate musicals these days, but we do live by the same sort of ethos our founder did: seeing new opportunities and challenges as a chance to grow, an invitation to go on an adventure, and an excuse to have fun while doing something creative with nice people.
Our credits include:
Studio Assistant & Fabrication Specialist
CEO & Head of Creative