DRINKS X DESIGN

Drinks x Design offers an opportunity for creative businesses throughout the city to open their doors and share their work with the public. Held in a new location on the second Thursday of every month from 5:30-8 p.m. the event allows attendees to meet new people, make connections, promote their creative endeavors and learn about other projects in their community. Event information is released one month before each event.

We are always looking for new spaces, talent, design ambassadors and partners. If interested, please fill out the following form and someone from our team will contact you. Thanks!

The Detroit Design Network's Client Services Boot Camp is a six-session boot camp program for small-to-medium sized design firms/agencies and freelancers, based on the fundamentals of client services for design service providers. 

Boot camp sessions will be workshop-based and held in the evenings on Tuesdays and Thursdays, twice a week for three weeks back to back. All workshops will include a speaker presentation, group or individual exercise, and Q&A. Session will take place at Design Core Detroit (460 W. Baltimore St., Suite 100c, Detroit, MI 48202)

Participants should exit the program with a broad understanding of what design client services are, strategies on how to immediately implement and provide improved or more intentional client service, tools and resources to learn more or dig deeper, and a sense of community and understanding with their fellow participants.

The program fee for the full, six-session series is $265 per attendee. 

Each session will cover a specific topic: 

   - Initial Pitches & Intro to Client Services

   - Pricing, Time Tracking & Invoicing    

   - Proposal Development 

   - Contracts, Incorporation & IP

   - Discovery & Design/Project Briefs

   - Final Pitches & Introduction to Creative Co. 

Program sessions are the following dates and times: 

- October 30th 6-8PM - Intro to Client Services, Cydney Camp, Design Core Detroit

- November 1st 6-8PM - Pricing, Time Tracking & Invoicing 

- November 6th 6-8PM - Proposal Development, Paul Van Lewen

- November 8th  6-8PM - Legal - Erin Bonahoom, Cavas Legal

- November 13th 6-8PM - Discovery & Briefing - Meaghan Barry and Lilian Crum, Unsold Studios

- November 15th 6-8PM - Recap & Intro to the Detroit Design Network, Cydney Camp, Design Core Detroit

Each applicant will have seven (7) business days to pay the full amount of the program fee ($265). If payment is not received, your place in the program will be forfeited and we will notify the next applicant. You may apply again for subsequent cohorts.

Questions or technical issues? Please email ccamp@designcore.org

Upload your five best high resolution images to Submittable within 24 hours after photographing the showhouse for review by the judging panel. 

  1. All competition photos must be uploaded onto Submittable in jpeg or png format.
  2. The images must include; 
    1. (1) exterior front view image of the home;
    2. (2) exterior garden image; and
    3. (3) Images of any other rooms in the home.


YOU’RE INVITED:

Instashot! Architectural Photography Competition

Purchased in 2017 by Hill Harper, the Charles T. Fisher Mansion, the largest residence in the Boston Edison neighborhood in Detroit, has been undergoing a historic renovation for more than a year. Interior and landscape designers have been meticulously selected to design the space, which will debut to the public during Detroit’s Month of Design, as part of The Junior League of Detroit Designers’ Show House. 

In celebration of the debut, Design Core Detroit is hosting the The Instashot! Architectural Photography Competition and is seeking photographers who can best capture the completely renovated Fisher Mansion. 

Competition Schedule

The Competition will occur between September 4-13, 2018. Below is a tentative schedule that is subject to change based on the accessibility to the home. 

Weds., Sept. 4
Photographers onsite to capture home 

Thurs., Sept. 5
Photo editing and upload onto Submittable

Fri., Sept. 6

Jury review and voting 

Sat., Sept. 7

Winners notified 

Thurs., Sept. 13: Winner revealed at Blogger Breakfast on Thursday, 9/13

Thurs., 9/13 - Sun., 9/16): Social media campaign to promote winner, Show House and Month of Design.

The photography competition is open to invited photographers only. There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this competition. By entering this competition, the photographer is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions. Images from the competition will be shared by Design Core Detroit on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Design Core’s website, Junior League of Detroit, and ASPIRE Home & Design website.  

Entry Deadline: Monday, July 30th, 2018

If you have any questions, please email Kiana Wenzell at kwenzell@designcore.org and put "Instashot Photo Competition" in the subject line.

ENTRY

  1. To enter the Competition, photographers must accept an invitation from Design Core Detroit. 
  2. Photographers will then be invited to join Submittable and complete a contact form.
  3. Once pictures are taken photographers must upload their five best high resolution images to Submittable within 24 hours after photographing the showhouse for review by the judging panel. 
  4. All competition photos must be uploaded onto Submittable in jpeg or png format.
  5. The images must include; 
    1. (1) exterior front view image of the home;
    2. (2) exterior garden image; and
    3. (3) Images of any other rooms in the home.
  6. By submitting an entry to the Competition, photographers grant Design Core Detroit, Junior League of Detroit and ASPIRE Home & Design Magazine the following rights:
    1. Permission for your entry to be published on Design Core Detroit, Junior League of Detroit and ASPIRE Home & Design Magazine, website and social media platforms including but not limited to designcore.org, http://www.jldetroit.org/, aspiremetro.com;
    2. Permission to use and publish your competition entry in any/all media (including in electronic format, hard copy and in Design Core publications) for purposes connected with the competition; 
    3. And the right to use your name for the sole purpose of identifying you as the author of your entry and/or as a winner of the Competition.
  7. You own the copyright to your competition entry as its author. 
  8. Your entry must be your own work, must not be copied, must not contain any third-party materials and/or content that you do not have permission to use, must not include any trade marks or watermarks.

ANNOUNCING THE WINNER

  1. A panel of judges made up of (1) person from Design Core, (1) person from Junior League of Detroit, (1) person from ASPIRE Design & Home Magazine will vote on the winner.
    1. When choosing the winner and runners up, the judges will be looking for the most well composed, artistic and original images that evokes the best interpretation of the home.
    2. The photographer with the top 6 photos will win Photo Competition.
  2. The winner will be notified by phone and email within 2 days of the competition closing date and will be invited to attend the Blogger Breakfast to claim their prize. If the winner cannot be contacted or does not claim the prize within 3 days of notification, we reserve the right to withdraw the prize from the winner and pick a replacement winner.
  3. The winner will be announced during the Junior League of Detroit’s Blogger Breakfast on Thursday, September 13th.

PRIZE:

  1. Cash Prizes:
    1. 1st Place: $300
    2. 2nd Place: $200
    3. 3rd Place: $100
  2. Winner will receive mention on digital platforms:
    1. Aspire Design & Home Website (https://aspiremetro.com/)
    2. Junior League of Detroit Website
    3. Junior League of Detroit Digital Brochure
    4. Official Junior League of Detroit Showhouse Website
    5. Design Core Detroit Instagram 
    6. Swag Bag created by Junior League of Detroit 
    7. (2) Tickets to the Junior League Showhouse (a $70 value)
    8. The Winner will have their picture and displayed alongside their selected photo in September Design Core newsletter.

This competition is a Detroit Month of Design signature event and is powered by Design Core Detroit in partnership with the Junior League of Detroit and ASPIRE Home & Design Magazine.

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 2018-2019 schedule is as follows:

  • December 19, 2018
  • February 22, 2019
  • April 25, 2019
  • June 20, 2019
  • August 29, 2019
  • October 24, 2019
  • December 19, 2019
Plus and Premier members of the Detroit Design Network are welcomed to share their industry expertise at one of four Design Guide for Neighborhood Business workshops.  Designers can apply to develop and deliver an interactive presentation and workshop.  The series aims to bring the Design Guide for Neighborhood Business to life through a series of workshops for small business owners. 

The Design Guide is a workbook aimed to empower and inspire Detroit's brick and mortar business owners through information, examples, exercises, and more.  Through a combination of case studies, worksheets, and guided instruction, business owners will gain an appreciation for design as an effective business tool and build the confidence to manage design projects for their business.


The target audience for each workshop is Detroit small business owners.  Workshop topics must apply to one of four categories, consistent with the chapters of the Design Guide for Neighborhood Business:
  • Marketing and Branding
  • Web and Digital Design
  • Architecture and Interior Design
  • Merchandising and Implementation

Proposal review:
The goal of the series is to walk the audience through each unique design process with hands-on learning activites.  Proposals are reviewed for the following criteria:
  • Interest and relevancy of the subject matter
  • A thoroughly developed proposal idea
  • A highly interactive proposal idea
  • Demonstration of inclusive design principles and processes

Session format:
This workshop/charrette series will focus on an instructional session related to one of the four topics described above.  Each session must include an active audience participation component, with a hands-on learning activity from a real world situation, leaving time afterwards for discussion and Q&A.

Designers will...
  • prepare presentation curriculum
  • prepare promotional materials
Design Network staff will...
  • Provide a $500 facilitator stipend and reimburse for up to $250 in material costs
  • promote the workshop
  • manage registration
  • secure event space
  • order food

Session Schedule:
There will be four opportunities to facilitate a Design Guide for Neighborhood Business workshop.  Workshops will take place from 6pm - 8:30pm.  The 2018 schedule is as follows:
  • May 21, 2018
  • June 18, 2018
  • July 23, 2018
  • August 20, 2018
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