Design Core Detroit is honored to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Detroit Month of Design September 1st -30th. 


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, there are opportunities for you to be a part of Detroit Month of Design while having a social impact. Complete this application and a member from our team will contact you. Applications to volunteer are open from Monday, February 10th and will close August 1st.   


Who is eligible to apply? Volunteer opportunities are open to the public. 


Volunteer opportunities includes the following: 

  • Street Team: Distribute maps, posters, and other promotional materials around the city and metro area leading up to the festival.
  • Décor: You can’t have a festival without a good vibe! We have been lucky to have many artists volunteer their time and skill to help create low-budget installations and experiences to add that extra je ne sais quoi to Detroit ‘s Month of Design happenings.
  • Day-of Team: Help execute day-of tasks like setting up, check-ins, tear down and more for larger events (Detroit’s Month of Design Kick-Off Party, Eastern Market After Dark, Commerce Awards Ceremony, Youth Day, Light Up Livernois).
  • Information Guide: Assist attendees with suggestions or directions to Detroit’s Month of Design events.
  • Drinks x Design: Day-of assistance at our monthly Drinks x Design events.

 
Volunteers are needed at the following Design Core events:

  • March 12th: Drinks x Design 
  • April 9th: Drinks x Design 
  • May 14th: Drinks x Design 
  • June 11th: Drinks x Design 
  • July 9th: Drinks x Design 
  • August 13th: Drinks x Design 
  • September: Detroit Month of Design (various dates TBD)


About Detroit Month of Design The Detroit Month of Design is annual festival highlighting multi-disciplinary design practices throughout the city. This citywide celebration gathers designers, business owners, consumers and enthusiasts to honor and recognize Detroit's role as a national and global design capital. The festival is an opportunity for makers and the greater community to experience the latest works and ideas by Detroit's top design talent.   


About Design Core Detroit

Design Core Detroit's mission is to establish Detroit as a recognized and valued world-class resource for creative talent by strengthening design-driven businesses. In addition to providing traditional business support services to design businesses, Design Core works to grow the market for Detroit design and works to position Detroit design as having unique value. Design Core is a department within College for Creative Studies. As the steward of Detroit’s UNESCO City of Design designation, Design Core also serves as the convener and backbone organization for the Detroit City of Design initiative. 


Applicants are not limited to one submission. Please fill out another application to be considered for other opportunities. 


Email questions to: submissions@designcore.org


Detroit Month of Design sponsorships offer marketing impact but also align brands with the region’s largest design celebration and with Detroit’s UNESCO City of Design initiative. Design Core offers valuable support and guidance to develop a custom program and deliverables to meet your businesses needs, while expanding Detroit Month of Design’s impact. 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. For more  information contact Kiana Wenzell at kwenzell@designcore.org. 


Promotional Opportunities include but are not limited to:

  • Printed items
  • Digital Promotion
  • Onsite Signage
  • Tabloid Sponsorship
  • Onsite Event Activations
  • Corporate Lounges
  • Speaking Opportunities
  • Food & Beverage Sponsorship
  • Music Sponsorship
  • Open Studio Sponsor


Media Metrics

  • 2019 Attendees: 45K 
  • Email Subscribers: 25K 
  • Instagram Followers: 11.2K 
  • Twitter Followers:: 13K 
  • Facebook Followers:: 12.4K 


About Detroit Month of Design 

Design Core Detroit is honored to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Detroit Month of Design in September. This citywide celebration of creativity gathers designers, consumers and enthusiasts to honor and recognize Detroit's role as a national and global design capital. The festival is an opportunity for makers and the greater community to experience the latest works and ideas by Detroit's top designers. 


Applicants are not limited to one submission. Please fill out another application to be considered for other opportunities.

Design Core Detroit is honored to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Drinks x Design and the Detroit Month of Design


Drinks x Design is Detroit's monthly marketplace for design talent and 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 and talent to highlight. If interested in participating or opening your venue, kindly fill out this application for consideration. 


Who is eligible to apply? 

Submissions are open to the public. We place an emphasis on showcasing Detroit talent and venues but are open to submissions from regional, national and international designers and cultural institutions. 


Funding

Selected designers are only responsible for the creation, set-up and take down of their display. Design Core does not offer micro-grants. Projects can be featured in a table/booth style, which is easy to setup and take down, but that is not required. Banquet tables with black linen are typically provided if needed. We encourage partners to be as creative as possible within the limits of their staffing and budget capacity. 


2020 Drinks x Design dates and themes:

  • March 12th - Drinks x Design: Business
  • April 9th - Drinks x Design: Fashion & Accessories 
  • May 14th - Drinks x Design: Real Estate Development 
  • June 11th - Drinks x Design: Mobility 
  • July 9th - Drinks x Design: Product Design 
  • August 13th - Drinks x Design: Commerce Design Awards 
  • September - Drinks x Design: Design Bash  


Proposed Timeline (Subject to change) 

  • February - April: Selected designers + venues are notified. In addition, Design Core works to pair designers with relevant Drinks x Design themes and locations.


About Design Core Detroit

Design Core Detroit's mission is to establish Detroit as a recognized and valued world-class resource for creative talent by strengthening design-driven businesses. In addition to providing traditional business support services to design businesses, Design Core works to grow the market for Detroit design and works to position Detroit design as having unique value. Design Core is a department within College for Creative Studies. As the steward of Detroit’s UNESCO City of Design designation, Design Core also serves as the convener and backbone organization for the Detroit City of Design initiative. 

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.

Congratulations again on your acceptance into Road to Readiness.  We are confident this program will have a lasting and positive impact on the financial success of your business.
 

You can pay the $100 course fee using this secure Submittable link.  Please note, to be fair to all other applications and scholarship inquiries, we respectfully request your full participation in all 5 sessions of the course.  Thank you and congratulations on your acceptance.


We look forward to seeing you in October.  Have a great day.
 

Congratulations again on your acceptance into Road to Readiness.  We are confident this program will have a lasting and positive impact on the financial success of your business.


We are able to offer you a 50% discount, bringing the cost of this 5 week program down to $50.  You can pay using this secure Submittable link. 

Please note, to be fair to all other applications and scholarship inquiries, we respectfully request your full participation in all 5 sessions of the course.  Thank you and congratulations on your partial scholarship.


We look forward to seeing you in October.  Have a great day.

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 design work or creative services?
You’ve come to the right place.

The Detroit Design Network is the easiest, most effective way to hire a local Detroit design agency or freelancer. 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 RFP, and receive multiple from qualified firms and freelancers
  • Easiest, quickest way to hire local designers and firms


How does this work?

First, you'll submit the Request for Proposal (RFP) or Scope of Work (SOW) for your project.  Once we receive your completed proposal 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 hiring 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). 

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