This year, we are excited to highlight the work of our Design Network members at our upcoming Design Salon matchmaking sessions.  We plan to showcase a looping slide reel at each event that features images of work produced by Network members.  

We ask that Network members submit one project per company.  If you are interested in having your work shown at an upcoming Design Salon, please upload one photo of a project that you are proud of, and your logo.

Commerce Design Refresh Grant

About

The Commerce Design Refresh Grant is a $20,000 grant offered to commercial small business owners in Detroit to support the cost of interior design upgrades. The design process doesn’t stop when a small business opens its doors. Many owners see opportunities to strengthen their business through design choices they didn’t consider or couldn’t afford the first time around. Business owners can choose to work with their original designer or connect with a new designer in the Detroit Design Network by pitching  a vision for an update or change to their space in this application. One winner will be announced at the Commerce Design Awards Ceremony on Thursday, August 13, 2020. 

This grant is made possible by Bank of America. 


Who Can Apply?

This grant is open to any small business owner that has applied for a Commerce Design Award between 2018-2019, whether or not that business ultimately won an award. Business owners must submit their application jointly with a professional designer and can work with either with their original designer or connect with one through the Detroit Design Network.  The application can be submitted by the business owner or designer, but both parties must sign off.  

*Please note this does not include applications that do not meet the eligibility requirements to apply for a Commerce Design award.


Who is eligible?  The award program 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, that are currently operating and open to the public.  Projects that are temporary, still under construction at the time submissions are due, or part of a national chain are not eligible for this program. Past Commerce Design Award winners and applicants may apply.    


How can I spend the money?

The grant is intended to support the cost of interior design upgrades or improved design integration (interior/digital/graphic) that enhances the design experience for customers in the space. 

The grant can cover the cost of 1-3 of the following interior design services such as:

  • Visioning
  • Renderings
  • Graphic elevations
  • Graphic floor plans
  • Graphic ceiling plans
  • Coordination of vendors

The grant should also cover the cost of implementing the recommended design interventions with furniture and materials including, but not limited to:

  • Furniture
  • Lighting
  • Paint / Super graphics / wall treatment
  • Branding and signage
  • Millwork
  • Flooring (i.e. tile, epoxy, etc.) 

This grant is intended for interior design upgrades only. If you are looking for support with exterior design upgrades, consider applying for assistance through Motor City RE:STORE


How do I apply?

Fill out this form between February 10-April 13. As a business owner, you must identify a designer and work with the designer to prepare the application. If you don’t have a designer identified and need to connect with one, email Cydney Camp (ccamp@designcore.org) and join us at our March 12 Design Salon to meet with members of our Detroit Design Network. 


Timeline

The timeline for submission is as follows:

  • Feb 10   Application Opens 
  • March 12  Design Salon - Meet & Greet with Designers
  • April 13  Round 1 Applications Due
  • July 19   Round 2 Applications Due
  • August 10-12  Round 3 Jury Visit 
  • August 13   Winner Announced at Commerce Design Awards Ceremony


Please note that there are three application rounds:

Round 1

Applicants submit a brief application sharing what they would do with a $20,000 Design Refresh grant using words to communicate their vision and how it would help to strengthen their business. Applications may be prepared by the business owner or designer but must have input from the designer to ensure the proposal is feasible for the budget. Applications will be reviewed and scored by the 2020 Commerce Design Awards jury.

Round 2

Selected applicants will be invited to provide a more detailed proposal including sketches, mood boards, and images to communicate their vision visually. Applicants must also provide an estimated budgets, timeline, and other details that convey a clear and realistic proposal. Applications may be prepared by the business owner or designer but must have input from the designer to ensure the proposal is feasible for the budget. Applications will be reviewed and scored by the 2020 Commerce Design Awards jury.

Round 3

A limited number of finalists will be selected for in-person jury visits during the week of August 10. The winner will be announced during the Commerce Design grants Ceremony on August 13. 



Terms and conditions

  • The grant funds are intended to cover the cost of design services and implementation for the proposed project at the proposed location. Funds may not be used at another location.
  • Funds must be spent within a one year period from the time the grant is awarded. Grantees must provide quarterly updates on progress to Design Core.
  • Any material changes to the proposed project scope or timeline must be communicated and approved by Design Core.
  • All funds will be paid by Design Core directly to the designer to cover the cost of design services and  implementation.
  • Business owners are expected to work with the designer who collaborated on preparing the application barring unforeseen circumstances. If the business owner believes it is necessary to change designers, they must contact Design Core to communicate the circumstances and justification for changing designers. Any new designer must be approved by Design Core. If a business owner switches designers mid-project, they are obligated to pay the first designer for their time and will not receive additional grant funds above and beyond the $20,000.00 award.

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: 

  • Promotion: 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 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 Design Days).
  • 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:

  • Thursday, March 12th: Drinks x Design 
  • Thursday, April 9th: Drinks x Design 
  • Thursday, May 14th: Drinks x Design 
  • Thursday, June 11th: Drinks x Design 
  • Thursday, July 9th: Drinks x Design 
  • Thursday, August 13th: Drinks x Design 
  • Thursday, September 10th: Design Bash
  • Thursday, September 17th: Eastern Market After Dark


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


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


If you own or manage a space that you'd like to activate with Detroit Month of Design programming, we want to hear from you! Sometimes a designer has a great idea for an installation, talk or experience but needs a venue. If you have a cool space and want to open your doors for design programming, complete this application and a member of our team will contact you if we come across a match. 


Who is eligible to apply? Venue opportunities are open to the public. We place an emphasis on venues located in Detroit, but are open to submissions from regional businesses and organizations.  


Funding

Host venues are asked to open up their space in-kind if paired with a designer. The remainder of the event programming is funded, managed and implemented by the organizing designer. Design Core does not offer micro-grants. We recommend all designers have a plan in place to attain the financial and technical support needed to execute their event or experience.


Proposed Timeline 

  • May: Selected designers are notified 
  • June: Design Core works to pair designers with a host venue
  • July: Design Core finalizes matchmakings and pairings
  • August: Program guides are printed and distributed
  • September: Detroit Month of Design 
  • October: Reporting and tracking


2020 Curatorial Committee

  • Blige Nur Saltik, Founder, Form & Seek
  • Amani Olu, Founder and CEO, Olu & Company 
  • Rosalyn Karamoko, Owner, Detroit is the New Black 
  • Tiffany Cobb, Principal Designer, Tiffany René Interior Design
  • Alice Stori Liechtenstein, Founder, Schloss Hollenegg for Design
  • Noah Resnik, Associate Dean, University of Detroit Mercy, School of Architecture 


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



Design Core Detroit is honored to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Detroit Month of Design September 1st -30, 2020. 


We are inviting local fashion and accessory designers to apply for Design in the City, a program made possible with support from the Gucci Changemakers Impact Fund


Design in the City - Program

Design in the City creates a platform for emerging fashion and accessory designers to showcase and build awareness of their work while receiving support and technical assistance from industry experts. The program will pair six designers, with an emphasis on women and people of color, with neighborhood retail spaces to host installations of their work during Detroit’s Month of Design, September 1st - 30th. 


Design Installations

Selected designers will receive $2,000 to create an installation that will be displayed inside a Detroit commercial business for 30 days. We are looking for ideas that push the boundaries of fashion, accessories and in-store experiences. Installations must be new bodies of work and must include the incorporation of clothing, shoes, handbags, jewelry or textiles.


Who is eligible to apply? Submissions are open to emerging fashion and accessory designers. Special consideration will be given to women and designers of color. Applications open Monday, February 10th and close on Monday, April 13th at 11:59 pm.  


Funding

Six designers will receive a stipend of $2,000 each to cover materials and expenses for the creation of an installation that will debut during the Detroit Month of Design. Stipends will be distributed in four $500 increments based on achievement of program milestones. Design Core, with support from established industry professionals, will also provide ongoing technical assistance, administrative and marketing support throughout the program.


Program Criteria

Upon selection, designers will be asked to sign a memorandum of understanding agreeing to program roles and responsibilities which include: 

- Participate in program orientation upon selection

- Complete vendor approval forms as required by the College for Creative Studies

- Provide status updates upon request

- Installation must be ready for public viewing by Sept. 1st

- Installation must remain up Sept. 1st - 30th

- Installation must be taken down by Friday, October 2nd 

- Work with paired business owner to organize and host one public event during Month of Design

- Complete program survey by October 15th

 

Proposed Timeline (Subject to change) 

  • April: Selected designers are notified 
  • May - July: Pair designers with retail partners, provide technical assistance and coaching to each pairing to execute installation and event plans 
  • July/August: Work on fashion showcase, promote Design in the City pairings and events 
  • September: Execute the Design in the City program during Detroit Month of Design 
  • October: Reporting and tracking


2020 Curatorial Committee

  • Aki Choklat, Designer and Chair, CCS Fashion & Accessories
  • Bill Thomason, Angel Investor and Author
  • Dre Clemons, Co-Founder of Granston CGB
  • Jen Guarino, CEO and Chairman of ISAIC
  • Kiana Wenzell, Director of Culture and Community at Design Core
  • Monica Blaire, Project Coordinator, Design in the City
  • Loren Hicks, Founder and CEO, Michigan Fashion Week
  • Luke Song, Designer at Moza, Inc.
  • Tracy Reese, Designer at Hope for Flowers; CFDA
  • Antoine Phillips, Vice President of Gucci Brand Culture and Engagement


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 in the City

Detroit’s dormant fashion industry is on the verge of a comeback; there are multiple new opportunities for economic growth related to fashion and merchandising. However, because this industry has been idle for the past few decades, gaps exist in the capacity and competitiveness of Detroit’s emergent designers. Design in the City will address these gaps by building connections and providing technical assistance to local designers poised to capitalize on economic opportunities coming to the region. The overarching desired outcome is to increase the inclusivity and economic opportunities for Detroit’s women and minority fashion and accessory designers by providing exposure, access to business support services, mentorship and connections to the fashion industry.


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


Email questions to: submissions@designcore.org

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


The days of the quiet observer at an event are long gone. Today, audiences want to deeply engage with subject matter via fully immersive experiences. Therefore, we are calling all designers, makers, and other creatives to submit ideas for our inaugural Interactive Design Competition. Up to five winning teams will receive a $2,000 - $5,000 stipend to go towards the costs of building materials, equipment, delivery, set-up and take away of an installation that will be showcased during the Detroit Month of Design. 


The goal of this competition is to highlight the relevance that interaction and product designers play in society. Concentrating on the design, development, and use of interactive technologies for families, cities and government. We are looking for installations that encourage interactions between people, things or technology. Attendees are drawn to events that impart Instagram-worthy moments, and research shows this trend is not letting up. The appetite for interactive, and immersive events is growing and we invite you to participate. Apply today!


Who is eligible to apply? Submissions are open to the public. We place an emphasis on showcasing Detroit talent but are open to submissions from regional, national and international designers. 

Additional designers beyond the winners may participate, but the costs of the installation will be the responsibility of that team. If teams find a sponsor, or chose to sponsor an installation, the design will also have to be approved by the Detroit Month of Design curatorial committee.

Funding + Terms and Conditions: 

1). Each installation must fit within a 10’x10’ space. The installations will be displayed on Thursday, September 17th during Eastern Market After Dark and have the potential to be displayed at other events and venues throughout the month.

2). Designers are responsible for the build out of their design, transportation to and from each site, onsite set-up, break down, haul away and storage of their installations after the Detroit Month of Design. This includes transportation to and from Eastern Market After Dark. 

4). Installations must be able to be assembled and taken down within an hour. 

5). Installations must be water resistant and able to withstand exterior weather conditions up to 7 days. 

6). Installations that include swings or ridable parts are responsible for meeting city and state safety requirements. 

7). Access to electricity may vary from location to location. Designers are responsible for powering any electrical components in the event that electricity is not available. 

8). Teams will be given 50% of the stipend in May, with remaining 50% paid out in August.

Proposed Timeline

  • February - April: Open Call 
  • May: Selected designers are notified 
  • June - August: Designers work to build installations 
  • September: Detroit Month of Design 
  • October: Reporting and tracking


2020 Curatorial Committee

  • Blige Nur Saltik, Founder, Form & Seek
  • Amani Olu, Founder and CEO, Olu & Company 
  • Rosalyn Karamoko, Owner, Detroit is the New Black 
  • Tiffany Cobb, Principal Designer, Tiffany René Interior Design
  • Alice Stori Liechtenstein, Founder, Schloss Hollenegg for Design
  • Noah Resnik, Associate Dean, University of Detroit Mercy, School of Architecture 


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.   


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


Email questions to: submissions@designcore.org

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


If you would like to organize or curate a design event in September, we want to hear from you! Design Core is looking to infuse the festival with interactive and engaging experiences. We are calling all makers, curators and innovators to propose an idea. Detroit Month of Design events are independently managed, funded and produced by the event organizer. Up to 35 events will be selected by a curatorial committee to be included in the official printed and digital Detroit Month of Design program guide. You can view 2019 happenings here

Applications are open from Monday, February 10th and will close on Monday, April 13th at 11:59 pm.   


In 2020, we are looking to feature the following type and quantity of events:

  • 4-5 exhibitions 
  • 3-5 Guided tours
  • 3-5 Open Studios
  • 4-5 hands on workshops
  • 3-5 Interactive design installations
  • 4 Talks, panel discussions or conferences
  • 5 Events or experiences that are multi-day 
  • Family-friendly or youth driven-design activities
  • Events or experiences that explicitly attract out-of-town guests


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. 


Funding

Events and experiences are independently funded, managed and implemented by the event organizer. Design Core does not offer micro-grants. We recommend having a plan in place to attain the financial and technical support needed to execute your event or installation if selected. 


Proposed Timeline 

  • May: Selected designers are notified 
  • June: Designers finalize events details for inclusion in the printed program guide
  • July - August: Promotion, planning, program guide distribution
  • September: Detroit Month of Design 
  • October: Reporting and tracking


2020 Curatorial Committee

  • Blige Nur Saltik, Founder, Form & Seek
  • Amani Olu, Founder and CEO, Olu & Company 
  • Rosalyn Karamoko, Owner, Detroit is the New Black 
  • Tiffany Cobb, Principal Designer, Tiffany René Interior Design
  • Alice Stori Liechtenstein, Founder, Schloss Hollenegg for Design
  • Noah Resnik, Associate Dean, University of Detroit Mercy, School of Architecture 


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.

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


Email questions to:  submissions@designcore.org

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


Detroit Month of Design sponsorships offer marketing and social impact while aligning brands with Detroit’s UNESCO City of Design initiative. Design Core offers support and guidance to develop a custom program and deliverables to meet your business needs. Whether you’re launching a new product or looking to expand your market reach, we can help you amplify your message and put your brand in the middle of one of the country’s most dynamic creative experiences. 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 


2019 Highlights 

  • 65 pieces of local, national and international coverage 
  • 226K estimated coverage views 


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. 

Commerce Design: Detroit is an award program that is part of the UNESCO City of Design Action Plan. Launched in 2018, the program is based on a model introduced in 1995 in Montreal---one of Detroit's sister cities in the UNESCO network---and is now licensed in more than a dozen cities around the world.  Design Core Detroit has partnered with AIA Detroit, a Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, to manage the program, with support from Bank of America.
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.


WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
The award program 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, that are currently operating and open to the public.  Projects that are temporary, still under construction at the time submissions are due, or part of a national chain are not eligible for this program. Past winners are not eligible to resubmit, however past applicants may re-apply.


JURY

Pierre Roberson, RA, NCARB

Project Architect, Design Lead, Building + Places AECOM, Commerce Design Jury Chair


Sebastien Hylebos

Project Manager, Designregio-Kortrijk (UNESCO City of Design)


Myrna Segura

Director of Business District Development, Southwest Detroit Business Association


Dr. Craig L. Wilkins

Lecturer in Architecture, University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning



Program Submission Requirements:
 Business Information:

 

  • Business Name and Generic Business Type (i.e. "Cafe", "Book Store", "Financial Planner", etc.)
  • Neighborhood + Mailing Address, Website and Email Address, Business Contact Information
  • Buildout statistics (i.e. Project Area / Square Footage, Year of Completion, Total Project Cost)
  • Business Owner Questionnaire 

  

Design Team Information:

 

  • Design Firm Name and Practice Type (i.e. Architect, Interior Designer, Graphic or Branding Designer)
  • Design Firm Contact Information
  • Additional Contributing Consultants

  

Submission Materials:

 

  • Project Floorplan(s) or Layout Diagram(s) (Compiled to a single .pdf)
  • Completed Project Images (Up to six (6) 'after' images)
  • Competition Exhibit Board (Optional; One compiled image or graphic to be exhibited at the AIAD Celebration of Architecture, Thursday August 13th)
  • "Before" Images (Optional; Up to two (2) images)
  • Brand / Visual Identity Graphics (Optional; up to four (4) images or graphics, including logos, signage, printed materials, packaging, etc.)
  • Design Team Image (Optional; one (1) photograph of the Design Team; may be as formal or casual as desired)

  Submission Text:

 

  • 500-Word Project Summary
  • 1-3 Sentence Quote or Testimonial from Business Owner, Employees, or Customers on the impact of the Design process)
  • List of Design Team's additional projects completed or underway in Detroit
  • Disclosure and Waiver

  




 

Commerce Design Detroit Partners

  
 

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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