Design Core Detroit



SEPT 1 – SEPT 30

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. Detroit Month of Design returns for its 12th annual edition this September 1-30!

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.

Host an Event

Are you a creative, organization or company that would like to organize an event?

We are calling all creatives, artists, designers, curators, innovators, activists and community organizers to propose ideas to participate in the 13th Edition of the Detroit Month of Design. Festival events are independently managed, funded and produced by the event organizer. We invite you to showcase the latest works and ideas coming out of your studio!


Venue Host

Do you have a venue that you would like to open for an independently managed event?

Sometimes organizers submit great ideas for an installation, talk or an experience but they need a venue. If you own or manage a space that you’d like to activate with Detroit Month of Design programming, we want to hear from you! Detroit Month of Design events are independently managed, funded and produced by the event organizer. Venue hosts are asked to open their space in-kind and the event organizer is responsible for the rest.



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 in alignment with your 2023 company goals.



Design Core volunteers are true advocates of Detroit design and help us put on memorable events in September and year round. Volunteering for Design Core puts you in the middle of one of the country’s largest and most dynamic design experiences. Whether you’re a design enthusiast or creative professional we can help you connect while having social impact.


Shop and See

Shop and See, pairs local designers with downtown shops to exhibit their work, drive traffic to the stores, and give people a chance to “See” and “Shop” from the collection of downtown Detroit businesses and makers. The collaboration, occurring during regular retail hours September 1 – 30, will showcase entrepreneurship, create conversation, and foster stronger relationships between the public, business owners, and creatives.

Shop and See is a signature event of the 13th Annual Detroit Month of Design. If you are a designer interested in participating, complete the application to be considered. The deadline to apply is Sunday, April 2nd, 2023. 10 designers will be selected to participate and will receive $3,000 to cover labor and materials in addition to built-in marketing support via Design Core platforms.