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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

We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.