There’s no denying that the digital world makes our lives easier, especially in the professional realm – we have access to an exponential amount of information, products, and ideas to assist us in achieving great work. But there are some IRL experiences that hold tremendous value, reminding us to swivel away from our computers, silence our phones and head out the door.

High Point Market is one of them. For designers, retailers and editors alike it’s an event that packs a whole lot of design punch in just a few days. As one of the country’s most important markets, it offers many great opportunities for design professionals. Don’t take our word for it, though, here are 5 top designers that share their biggest reasons that they make #HPMKT a must!

Click on our slideshow to read their tips. And don’t forget to register for this fall’s market (October 13-17)!