UNITED BY DESIGN

MONTH OF DESIGN
SEPT 01 – SEPT 30
SCHEDULE COMING SOON

Detroit Month of Design returns for its 12th annual edition this September 1-30! Our intention with the 2022 festival is to bring unity to the forefront. We believe this element holds the key to creating a future in which all people, and our planet, can thrive.

Taking place throughout the City of Detroit and online, the festival features a balanced combination of virtual, outdoor and indoor experiences. Key program elements include a mix of Design Core, sponsor and independently-produced events that range from exhibitions, installations, product launches, lectures, panel discussions, tours, workshops and more.

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2022 CURATORIAL COMMITTEE

Meet the team that will assist in selecting this year’s Detroit Month of Design program of events, experiences and installations.

SEAN EVERETT

Executive Director, DPL Foundation

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SEAN EVERETT is the Executive Director of the DPL Foundation. While attending Wayne State University working toward a degree in psychology, the Main Library was his favorite place to study. He started as a volunteer with the Foundation in 2013 and was named the Executive Director in 2015. Prior to working at the Foundation and living in Detroit, Sean spent ten years working in the private sector holding positions in Human Resources and Operations Management.

LESLIE ANN PILLING

Founder & President, Metropolitan Museum of Design Detroit (MM-O-DD)

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Leslie Ann Pilling is a native Detroiter and life-long designer. Over the span of her career, she has owned and operated Presence II Inc., parent company to Presence II Productions. Her firm consults on Design whether Interiors or Fashion. She is a ghost designer and business consultant for fashion brands.

In 2015 she founded Metropolitan Museum of Design Detroit (MM-O-DD) a non-profit based in Detroit Michigan. The design museum is the only one in Detroit which is in the nation’s only Unesco City of Design. The mission is providing access to experiential educational enrichment opportunities through collaborative programming and exhibitions. The result of her vision is to attract and offer world-class opportunities to “students” of all ages through its “edutainment” model. Edutainment, or experiential learning, is the spark that uniquely defines MM-O-DD. Her determination is to inspire creativity and innovative thinking on how design impacts people and the planet. Her goal is to ignite interest in design and related fields of study as a profession or personal passion. Part of MM-O-DD’s vision is to seed talent, mentor and support in the development of the next generation of designers.

ROCHELLE RILEY

Director of Arts & Culture, Office of Arts, Culture and Entrepreneurship | City of Detroit

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PIERRE ROBERSON

Design Principal, AECOM Michigan B+P

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YUVAL SHARON

Gary L. Wasserman Artistic Director, Detroit Opera

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TANYA STEPHENS

Interdisciplinary Designer, Artist, Curator, and Preservationist | Founder of Detroit Curated, Co-Founder of United Artist of Detroit

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YEAR OF ADAPTATION

Despite the challenging times we’ve faced since the start of 2020, designers are problem solvers and have adapted to our ever changing world over the past two years. Design Core and Detroit’s design community are positioned toward what could only be a bright future.

“Through media that span from furniture to fashion and everywhere in between, Detroit designers are pondering some of the world’s most pressing issues in their work, especially those truths brought to even more clarity during the pandemic including the nation’s lack of affordable housing, a desire to mitigate climate change and inclusive design for all.”
– Elizabeth Fazzare, Cultured


ABOUT DETROIT MONTH OF DESIGN

Detroit Month of Design is a citywide collaboration of creativity that gathers designers and the greater community to celebrate Detroit’s role as a national and global design capital.

Every September, partners across Detroit—from emerging studios to established companies and educational institutions—come together to show off their latest works and ideas. These cross-disciplinary events take place in all corners of the city, highlighting the talent and innovation that makes Detroit a UNESCO City of Design.

SPONSORSHIP

Detroit Month of Design sponsorship not only delivers marketing impact, but also aligns brands with the region’s largest design celebration and with Detroit’s UNESCO City of Design initiative. Design Core offers valuable support and guidance to develop a custom program to meet your businesses needs, while expanding Detroit Month of Design’s impact.

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THE BRAND

This collage-based identity symbolizes the unique people, places, and ideas in Detroit that come together during Month of Design. The type pairing, cut-out imagery, warm texture, and vibrant color creates a sense of excitement and approachability. The pieces of this brand come together just as Detroit’s design community comes together during Detroit Month of Design, in a joyous collage of unique people, places, and talents.

The Detroit Month of Design brand was developed by College for Creative Studies graduate Shelby Seay and CCS intern Elizabeth Nutting.