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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. 


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. 

We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.