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Design Core Detroit is honored to celebrate the 9th edition of the Detroit Month of Design (MoD) in September. This citywide celebration of creativity will gather designers, consumers and enthusiasts to celebrate Detroit's role as a national and global design capital. The celebration is an opportunity for creatives and the general public to experience Detroit design and showcase what's happening in the city locally and globally.

Applications close April 14, 2019. 

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. See guidelines here.


We are looking to infuse the month of September with diverse experiences that inspire and are calling all designers, curators and innovators to submit ideas for an independent happening. Independent happenings are independently managed, funded and produced by the event organizer. Up to 30 happenings will be selected by a jury of professionals to be included in the printed and digital Month of Design program guide.


Calling all designers, makers, and other creatives to submit ideas for the Designer Putt Putt Competition. Five winning teams will receive $2,000 to go 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.


Design Core Detroit is pleased to announce the first edition of the Detroit City of Design Competition, an international multidisciplinary competition for designers in the UNESCO Creative Cities Network to prototype design solutions for Detroit neighborhoods that address safety and walkability. Supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the goal of the competition is to design and test creative, innovative design solutions that make it easier for all Detroiters to move freely, safely, and efficiently  around their communities.


Youth Day is an afternoon of creative exploration for junior design stars and their parents. Youth Day will feature a variety of workshops, demonstrations, and interactive experiences from local makerspaces, youth collectives and more. It is the perfect way for kids to express their creativity, while also learning about different design disciplines and creative professions. Activities for ages 5-16.


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.


Commerce Design: Detroit is aimed at raising awareness of, and access to, professional design services 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.


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.


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.


The Detroit Design Network is a collaborative membership network of interdisciplinary designers and agencies. Members can find meaningful support at each skill level and stage of their business journey - from emerging designers to experienced design firms.