2021 Detroit Design Jam Report

2021 Design Jam Detroit


Design Jams are interactive events that unite designers, manufacturers, and community members, inviting them to explore new product designs, systems, and processes based on locally-available production techniques. Together, they solve problems members in their communities face, all while inspiring greater collaboration within place-based manufacturing ecosystems and
creating new supply-chain connections.

In September 2021, UMA, College of Creative Studies [Detroit, MI], and Design Core Detroit continued their Design Jam programming by adding inclusive design aspects to the innovation challenges inherent in all UMA Design Jams. This Jam was split into two parts. The first part was an Anti-Ableism and Inclusive Design Workshop led by Ani G Accessibility, “A consulting
firm improving how we move throughout & interact with our environments as we age & live with disability,” and Ellie Schneider, former Director, Detroit City of Design, Design Core Detroit. The second part of the Design Jam brought together over 70 design students, creative professionals, makers, manufacturers, and event partners at the College of Creative Studies Fashion Design
Program’s studio to collaborate on six design challenges.

View the full report here.