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

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). 

How can we help?

As we move through the COVID-19 crisis, Design Core Detroit is committed to making sure small businesses have the professional support necessary to reopen safely and successfully.  Professional creatives in our Detroit Design Network can help stabilize your business now, to be more competitive in the future. 

Designers can help you create friendly signage and way finding, configure your existing space to accommodate social distancing, create engaging content to attract and retain customers, and more.  


How does this work?

  1. Tell us what you need in this form.
  2. Design Core will share your needs with our member network of local design businesses and connect you to appropriate services.  Please note that it typically takes us 1-2 business days to process these requests. Staff may contact you for clarification. 
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