DETROIT MONTH
OF DESIGN

This September marks the tenth anniversary of Detroit Month of Design, a milestone for the city of Detroit. We are looking to Detroit’s design community to propose ideas for applications for the 2020 edition of the citywide Design festival.

Application Deadline Extended: April 20, 2020.

PROPOSE AN EVENT OR DESIGN EXPERIENCE

We are looking to infuse the month of September with diverse experiences that inspire and are calling all designers, curators and innovators to propose big ideas to be included in the Detroit Month of Design program guide. Independently hosted events include tours, workshops, talks, open studios and exhibitions.

We are also looking for traditional and nontraditional ways to engage our audience and push the boundaries of what an event can be. This includes street activations, parties, creative marketing, installations and more.

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DESIGN IN THE CITY

Design Core Detroit is inviting fashion and accessory designers to apply for Design in the City, a program made possible with support from the Gucci Changemakers Impact Fund. Design in the City is a competition for emerging fashion and accessory designers to receive a stipend of $2,000 to create an installation that will debut during Detroit Month of Design September 1st – 30th. The program will pair six designers, with an emphasis on women and designers of color, with neighborhood retail spaces to host their installations. Selected designers will receive ongoing technical assistance from industry experts.

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INTERACTIVE DESIGN COMPETITION

Calling all designers, makers, and creatives to submit ideas for our inaugural Interactive Design Competition. Up to five winning designers or teams will receive $2,000 – $5,000 towards the costs of their materials, delivery, set-up and take away of their installation. The goal of the installations is to broaden the perception of design while introducing an interactive and playful experience to the festival.

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COMMERCE DESIGN AWARDS

Commerce Design: Detroit is aimed at promoting the value of professional design for neighborhood small businesses, and celebrating the impact of commercial design projects on the communities in which these businesses reside. The competition will recognize projects, submitted jointly by the business owner and design team, that have been completed within the City of Detroit (including Highland Park and Hamtramck) within the last 5 years.

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The Commerce Design Refresh Grant is a $20,000 grant offered to commercial small business owners who have applied for a Commerce Design Award in the past two years. Made possible by Bank of America.

REFRESH GRANT

VENUE HOST

Sometimes a designer has a great idea for an installation, talk or design experience but needs a space. If you have a cool space, and want to open your doors for design programming, complete this application and member of our team will contact you if we come across a designer, in the open call process, that is looking for a venue.

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SPONSOR

Design Core can put your brand in the middle of one of the country’s largest and most dynamic design experiences. Whether you’re launching a new product or looking to expand your market reach, we can help you amplify your impact.

APPLY

VOLUNTEER

Design Core volunteers are true advocates of Detroit design and help us put on a dynamic show 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 enthusiasts or creative professional we can help you connect while having social impact.

APPLY

Note:  As a UNESCO City of Design, disseminating calls for participation in design competitions or awards must follow the general principles set forth by the United Nations Creative Cities Network.