DETROIT MONTH
OF DESIGNSEPT 1-30

 

2021 APPLICATIONS OPEN

FEB 25TH – APR 18TH

Today, Detroit designers are focusing on the future, creating solutions to complex problems, and accelerating our transition into a better world. 2020 changed how we live and this year’s festival will be a reflection of that change.

This September, Detroit Month of Design is back for its 11th edition. The 2021 festival will offer events and experiences that can be enjoyed outside, safely indoors, or from the comfort of home. Have an idea for an inspiring, educational or interactive experience for the festival? We want to hear from you!


Submission Deadline: April 18th
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2021 CURATORIAL COMMITTEE

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

GARNETTE ARCHER

Owner of Jo’s Gallery

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PIPER CARTER

Creator and Editor-In-Chief, The Studio Arena

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KAT HOLMES

Author of Mismatch, SVP Design Salesforce

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LAURA HUGHES

Interim Executive Director at MOCAD

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KAYLA POWERS

Director of Salt Textiles Studio

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ADRIAN TONON

Detroit’s 24-Hour Economy Ambassador at City of Detroit

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YEAR OF TRANSFORMATION

Despite the challenging times in 2020, Design Core and Detroit’s design community adapted and celebrated the largest program yet with 74 events, 175+ designers, and 13 installations.

“Though much of this year’s programming has pivoted due to COVID-19, the content is spectacular as ever, further proof that the city deserves its UNESCO designation. Within a roster of global designers, makers and creatives, local talent stands out.”
– Elizabeth Fazzare, Cultured

 


ABOUT DETROIT MONTH OF DESIGN

Detroit Month of Design is a citywide celebration 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

Detroit is renowned for its rich design culture and history. Through hand crafted type found throughout various signs and murals in the city, Detroit has cultivated a unique voice that prevails through all adversities.

This year’s identity aims to celebrate the growth within Detroit’s design community while celebrating its distinctive roots in culture. The fonts used are designed by Tre Seals of Vocal Type and inspired by signs seen throughout significant movements for equality in American history.

The Detroit Month of Design brand was developed by College for Creative Studies graduate and intern Shelby Seay and Ashley Edwards.