In partnership with Community Development Advocates of Detroit (CDAD), CultureSource, and College for Creative Studies, Design Core’s City of Design Challenge invites participants to explore ways to build community resilience in times of disruption through resident driven ideas for unifying residents and building systems for connecting and communicating throughout the city. This year’s challenge was made possible with financial support from the Hudson-Webber Foundation.

Teams will have until March 19, 2023 to submit their applications. The Community Advisory Council will review applications and select up to six teams with existing or emerging community resiliency concepts to participate in the 2023 Challenge. Accepted teams will receive a stipend, training in inclusive design techniques, and access to people, places, and resources to support their design skills over the spring/summer. Each team will pitch their concept in September 2023 to the Advisory Council and up to three teams will be selected to receive additional funds to prototype and test their concepts, document their process and showcase their work at the 2024 Detroit Month of Design.

More information is available on our website and check out the Challenge FAQ sheet here

This form has three sections covering 1) people on the team; 2) your concept; and 3) interest/ needs related to inclusive design. This application may take 1-2 hours for your team to complete. This application is open January 20 - Midnight, March 19, 2023.

For details including challenge goals, eligibility, judging criteria, timeline and more, please consult the 2023 City of Design Challenge Brief.

Applications are due by 11:59pm March 19, 2023.

For questions contact challenge@designcore.org.

Design Core Detroit is honored to celebrate the 13th annual Detroit Month of Design September 1st - 30th, 2023.

The Detroit Month of Design was established to connect creatives with one another, introduce them to new consumers, and expose Detroit’s creative talent and design aesthetic to national and global audiences. Taking place throughout the City of Detroit, the Month of Design festival features a mix of independently-produced events that include exhibitions, installations, product launches, lectures, panel discussions, tours, open houses, retail happenings and workshops.

Are you a designer, curator, or organization that has an online or in-person event or experience that shows how design can be used as a tool for building resiliency and unifying communities? If so, we want to hear from you!

Festival events will be selected by a curatorial committee of local experts to be included in the official 2023 calendar. Selected events and experiences will be listed on the Month of Design schedule, included in general festival marketing, and be provided with festival-specific promotional language and graphics. Additional marketing may also be provided based on media interest.

If you need assistance completing this application contact @info@designcore.org.

APPLICATION PROCESS:

This is for you if:

You are a designer, organization or curator that has an online or in-person event, exhibition, or installation you want to self-produce and have listed on the official Detroit Month of Design calendar.

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, brands and organizations.

Are micro-grants available for independent happenings?

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

Do I need to find my own venue?

Yes, independent event organizers are responsible for securing a space to host their in-person or outdoor events. Design Core will try to match designers with venues when possible but there is no guarantee.

Do I have to pay to submit my application?

No, there is no application fee to apply for Detroit Month of Design. However, there is a $50 participation fee that you will have to pay if your application is accepted. This fee supports costs associated with the festival and promoting your event.

Selected events receive the following through the festival platform:

  • A listing on the online festival schedule (one webpage with a 300-word description, image and hyperlink to event organizers website or event page);
  • Inclusion in general festival marketing;
  • Provided with festival-specific promotional language and graphics;
  • Invitation to Month of Design orientation;
  • Additional marketing may also be provided based on media interest.
  • Up to two revisions to event webpage (Turn around time is 7 days)
  • Invitation to Anti-ableism training facilitated by Detroit Disability Power.

Proposed Timeline

  • February - March: Open Call Process
  • April: Designers are notified and orientation is held
  • May: Event organizers finalize events details for inclusion in the online schedule
  • June - August: Promotion, planning and schedule distribution
  • September: Detroit Month of Design
  • October: Reporting and tracking

Selection Criteria:

1.) Creativity: Will this idea highlight Detroit talent or innovation in a unique and authentic way? Consider the originality of the concept.

2.) Story: Does the event offer a compelling visual story that celebrates Detroit design?

3.) Collaboration: Does the event illustrate collaboration or collaborative problem solving between designer and client, designer and other organizations or neighborhood and the community?

4.) Feasibility of design: Is this event, experience or installation feasible given the current social climate and the amount of time until the festival?

5.) Social Impact: Does the event, experience or installation address how design can unite or increase resiliency for local and/or global communities?

6). Inclusive Design: Does this event embrace inclusive design principles or practices?

Applicants are not limited to one submission. Please fill out another application to be considered for other opportunities. Email questions to: submissions@designcore.org.


About Detroit Month of Design

The Detroit Month of Design is an 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.

Design Core is organizing a hybrid program that will feature a balanced combination of virtual, outdoor and safe indoor experiences. We welcome fun, interactive and educational ideas from local, national and international designers and thought leaders.


About Design Core Detroit

Design Core Detroit champions design-driven businesses and their role in strengthening Detroit’s economy. It offers services to strengthen, grow and attract design businesses, increase market demand for design services and tells Detroit’s design story locally and globally. Design Core is a department within the College for Creative Studies, which is a private, nonprofit art and design college in Detroit, MI.

Design Core serves design-driven industries that specialize in design or utilize design as a central discipline of their business strategy. As the steward of Detroit’s UNESCO City of Design designation, Design Core serves as the convener and backbone organization for the Detroit City of Design initiative.

This September, Detroit Month of Design is back for its 12th edition. The 2022 festival will offer events and experiences that can be enjoyed outside, safely indoors, or from the comfort of home.  


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 need 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.


Applications for venue host are open from Monday February 25th and will close on Friday, July 1st at 11:59pm EST. If you have questions or if you need disability assistance to complete this form kindly email: submissions@designcore.org.

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 to independent event organizers . We recommend all designers have a plan in place to attain the financial and technical support needed to execute their event or experience.

PARTICIPATION FEE
There is no participation fee for venue host.

TIMELINE
February: Open call is published
April: Applications close, designers notified
May: Venues contacted by Design Core
June: Design Core works to pair designers with a host venue.
July: Design Core finalizes matchmakings and pairings
August: Event promotion and planning
September: Detroit Month of Design!
October: Submit your event survey provided by Design Core Detroit


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 13th 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 February - August.   


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 experences 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.

 

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.

Kindly complete this event form and submit your participation fee by Friday, July 1st. This form will ask for all the required copy and graphics assets that will be used to create your online calendar listing and to promote your event.

Design Core Detroit's Client Services Boot Camp is an interactive, six-session program for small-to-medium sized design firms/agencies and freelancers, based on the fundamentals of client services for design service providers.
Sessions will be workshop-based and held in the evenings on Mondays and Wednesdays. All workshops will include a speaker presentation, group or individual exercises, and Q&A. 


Participants will exit the program with a broad understanding of what design client services are, strategies on how to immediately implement and provide improved or more intentional client service, tools and resources to learn more or dig deeper, and a sense of community and understanding with their fellow participants.  


The program fee for the full, six-session series is $265 per attendee. A limited number of scholarships and discounts are available for qualified businesses. If you're interested in participating, but need help with the program fee, please indicate that in the appropriate place on this application.   


Each session will cover a specific topic:

  • Monday, April 24th 6-8PM - Intro to Client Services
  • Wednesday, April 26th 6-8PM - Pricing, Time Tracking & Invoicing
  • Monday, May 1st 6-8PM - Proposal Development
  • Wednesday, May 3rd  6-8PM - Contracts, Incorporation & IP
  • Monday, May 8th 6-8PM - Discovery & Briefing
  • Wednesday, May 10th 6-8PM - Final pitches & Introduction to the Detroit Design Network



Applications are due by COB Friday, April 21st. To be accepted, applicants must be in the market generating revenue through the delivery of some kind of design-based service. Applications are evaluated by Design Core staff according to their business stage, design discipline, and statement of interest.


Seating is limited. Apply today.


For accepted applicants, payment is expected in full, within three (3) business days of invoicing. If payment is not received, we will assume that you're no longer interested and will offer your seat to the next applicant.


*Make sure to create a Submittable account to apply*
Questions or technical issues? Please email fbernardo@designcore.org.

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