The Detroit Design Network (DDN) is a collaborative membership network of interdisciplinary designers and agencies founded to fulfill the creative needs of Michigan's business community. Initiated by Design Core Detroit in 2015, the Detroit Design Network operates as a design trade association providing members with exclusive business development opportunities, educational workshops, community events, and mentor engagement.

Detroit Design Network members are comprised of firms, agencies and freelancers that provide a diverse portfolio of design-based services.  Members can find meaningful support at each skill level and stage of their business journey - from emerging designers to experienced design firms.

The Basic member level is ideal for designers who need help establishing their business model, or are seeking an entry-point into Detroit's design scene.  

Upon acceptance into the network, annual membership dues of $60 will be required.

PLEASE FILL-OUT THE APPLICATION BELOW IN FULL. PARTIALLY COMPLETED APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED. 

IT SHOULD TAKE APPROXIMATELY 25 - 45 MINUTES TO COMPLETE.

The Detroit Design Network (DDN) is a collaborative membership network of interdisciplinary designers and agencies founded to fulfill the creative needs of Michigan's business community. Initiated by Design Core Detroit in 2015, the Detroit Design Network operates as a design trade association providing members with exclusive business development opportunities, educational workshops, community events, and mentor engagement.

Detroit Design Network members are comprised of firms, agencies and freelancers that provide a diverse portfolio of design-based services.  Members can find meaningful support at each skill level and stage of their business journey - from emerging designers to experienced design firms.

The Plus member level is tailored to designers who can demonstrate excellence in both their craft and their business operations.  Applicants are reviewed by board of their peers, and are required to have:

  • a minimum of 3 years in market
  • 3 portfolio examples,
  • 3 professional references


Upon acceptance into the network, annual membership dues will be required.  Plus level membership dues are $300, and Premier level membership dues are $1,500.


PLEASE FILL-OUT THE APPLICATION BELOW IN FULL. PARTIALLY COMPLETED APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED. 

IT SHOULD TAKE APPROXIMATELY 25 - 45 MINUTES TO COMPLETE.

Plus and Premier members of the Detroit Design Network are welcomed to share their industry expertise at one of five Design and Dine lunch lectures.   Designers can apply to develop and deliver a 50 minute lecture, program, or workshop.  The series aims to connect designers, share knowledge, and help attendees build a wide range of design-based skillsets.   


Topics can be on a variety of subjects.  Some key areas that members have expressed an interest in for future sessions include copywriting and content, business skills, graphic design, marketing, and more.


Proposal review:

Each proposal is reviewed for the following criteria:

  • Diversity of design disciplines
  • Interest and relevancy of the subject matter
  • A thoroughly developed proposal idea

Session agenda:

  • 11:30am - 12:00pm:   Registration and lunch
  • 12:00pm - 12:50pm:   Presentation
  • 12:50 - 1:00pm:   Q & A

Designers will...

  • prepare presentation curriculum
  • draft a program description and titles for promotion

Design Network staff will...

  • pay a $500 facilitator stipend
  • promote the lecture
  • manage registration
  • secure event space
  • order lunch

Session Schedule:

There will be five opportunities to present at a Design and Dine Lunch Lecture series.  The 2019 schedule is as follows:

  • April 18, 2019
  • June 20, 2019
  • August 22, 2019
  • October 24, 2019
$55.00 - 105.00
$55.00 - 105.00

CONGRATULATIONS ON BEING ACCEPTED AS A DESIGNER FOR DESIGNER LANE!

PLEASE SUBMIT PAYMENT TO RESERVE YOUR RESERVATION.

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PRICING

  • Shared Space: $55.00 (8ft table)
  • Private Space: $105.00(10'x10' space)

Included in pricing: 

  • Table, chairs, security, Shed 2 lighting, flooring. (Table linen is not included)
  • Communication and promotion on DC3/DDF website, newsletter, and social media channels

DESIGNER RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Creation, delivery, setup and breakdown of space

  • AV and technical needs

  • Any additional furniture or equipment

Setup will occur on Thursday, 9/22 between 12 noon and 7pm

Break down and restoration will occur on Thursday, 9/22 between 11pm and 12 midnight. **Please note all displays must be cleared by 12 midnight or a fine will occur

Email any questions/concerns to: engagement@detroitdesignfestival.com




Need some creative help solving your business challenge?
You’ve come to the right place.

Design Core Detroit is here to help businesses to grow with design.  Our Detroit Design Network is the easiest, most effective way to solve your business challenges. We’ve selected Detroit’s finest creatives and simplified the vendor process. You can simply submit your project to us, and get multiple bids from vetted, experienced, and reliable designers.  



Why use the Design Network?

  • Access to industry-vetted, experienced designers and firms in one place
  • Post one project, and receive multiple from qualified firms and freelancers
  • Easiest, quickest way to meet local designers and firms


How does this work?

First, you'll submit the intake form for your needs.  Once we receive your completed  information, we share it with the designers in our Detroit Design Network via our weekly member newsletter.  From here, the designers will directly respond to your main contact with their individual bids.

You can learn more about the process of working with a designer here, and view a sample RFP template here.  If you need additional support, please email Cydney Camp (ccamp@designcore.org) and Bonnie Fahoome (bfahoome@designcore.org). 

Design Core Detroit is honored to celebrate the 11th anniversary of the Detroit Month of Design September 1st -30, 2020.

This is an application to participate in Design Jam: Detroit 2021 on September 10 and 11.  It has 24 questions, ranging from yes or no and multiple choice to brief text boxes for descriptions.  It will take about 15 minutes to complete.  Information provided here will be used to curate interdisciplinary teams of participants for this 2-part event.  If you need assistance completing this application, please email info@designcore.org.

Design Jam: Detroit 2021 - Adaptive Apparel & Accessories

Calling all manufactures, makers, limb loss community members, innovators, entrepreneurs, designers, students, problem solvers, design faculty, business coaches, recreational athletes, and outdoor enthusiasts!!!

Come brainstorm and prototype new adaptive active apparel and accessories for people in the limb loss community.

This 2-part event will take place virtually on Friday, September 10 and in person on Saturday, September 11, as part of the 11th annual Detroit Month of Design.  All appropriate safety protocols will be observed and enforced.

WHAT IS THE DESIGN JAM

Design Jams shift product innovation, which typically happens behind a few closed doors, to a collective and open space - one where all types of voices influence the process.  This event will bring together interdisciplinary teams to: 

  • Inspire innovation within the region's manufacturing sector;
  • Catalyze collaborations between designers and manufacturers in the Metro Detroit region;
  • Create solutions for recreational athletes with limb loss; 
  • Initiate relationships between designers, manufacturers, makers, service providers, and customers

Apply to join a team today!  Applications close Friday July 30, 2021 at 5:00 pm.

Up to six multidisciplinary teams of 8-10 participants will be selected to participate in this 2 part hands-on design and prototyping challenge.

Teams will be curated to ensure representation from student, faculty and professional designers, manufacturers, makers and entrepreneurs, business coaches, and end users from the limb loss community.

Selected participants are expected to commit fully to both of the following sessions.

Friday Sept 10 4-6:30 PM - Virtual Kickoff

4:00pm Welcome and settle - Urban Manufacturing Alliance

4:15pm Ableism workshop - Ani Grigorian, MSW - Ani G Accessibility

5:15pm Inclusive design presentation - Ellie Schneider, Director of Detroit City of Design - Design Core Detroit

5:45 pm The Challenge: manufacturing constraints; team assignments - Emily Taylor, Principal - teenyBIG

6:15pm Team breakouts: introductions and brainstorming

6:30pm Goodnight

Saturday Sept 11 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM - Taubman Center for Design Education, Detroit

9:30am Doors open; Breakfast and Networking

10:00am Introductions

10:30am Wild Thinking

11:30am Lunch and Networking

12:30pm Narrow Things Down

1:00pm Build a prototype and develop your pitch

3:30pm Pitches, Votes and Awards

4:00pm Wrap up and networking

*For the safety of all participants and staff, all COVID protocols will be observed and enforced, per the current CDC guidelines.

Partners in execution include (CCS) College for Creative Studies, Urban Manufacturing Alliance (UMA), Anew Life Prosthetics and Orthotics, and ISAIC, Detroit's Industrial Sewing and Innovation Center.  

Sponsored by Carhartt, Detroit Pistons, Foot Locker, State Farm, Square.  Food and beverages provided by Best Tool and Engineering.

Design Core Detroit