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Guide: Detroit Month of Design

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Guide: Detroit Month of Design

Experience the past, present and future of design in Detroit and beyond throughout the month of September. The Detroit Month of Design features speaker series, tours, exhibitions, workshops and summits. Here’s everything you need to know about the annual event.
 

Signature Events

MURALS IN THE MARKET

Thursday, September 13 – Saturday, September 22 @ Eastern Market
In addition to creating new murals, Murals in the Market hosts many events during the festival including panel discussions, artists dinners, meet and greet opportunities, site-specific installations, block parties, night time events that coordinate with Eastern Market After Dark, and more! Murals in the Market is more than an international mural festival; it’s a creative platform that inspires and encourages community engagement using public art as a vessel.

 

DRINKS X DESIGN: DESIGN CRAWL
Thursday, September 13 – 5:30pm to  8pm @ Fisher Building
Party with us! Don’t miss this amplified Drinks x Design as we celebrate the 2018 Detroit Month of Design (MoD). Embark on a vertical crawl inside the Fisher Building, Detroit’s largest art object, while enjoying immersive experiences, music, and hors d’oeuvres.

 

EASTERN MARKET AFTER DARK
Thursday, September 20 – 7pm to 11pm @ Eastern Market
Celebrate Detroit design as one of the nation’s oldest public markets transforms into a creative district by night. More than 30 studios and galleries will open late throughout the district. Sheds 2, 3, 4, and 5 will be open with interactive experiences, brand activations, designer spotlights, installations, and parties.

 

LIGHT UP LIVERNOIS
Saturday, September 29 – 5pm to 10pm @ Avenue of Fashion
Light up Livernois returns to celebrate design and creativity on the historic Avenue of Fashion. Makers, artists and designers from Detroit are collaborating with local small businesses to shop, dine and explore the various ways design surrounds us in our everyday lives. Join us and experience design through open studios, fashion vignettes, musical performances, and small business highlights.

 

Speaker Series

BLENDED: THE INTERSECTION OF CULTURE & DESIGN
Wednesday, September 5th – 6pm to 8pm @ LTU Detroit Center for Design + Technology
As part of its quarterly speaker event series, Blended Collective is hosting a special edition panel discussion about ‘The Intersection of Culture and Design’.

 

THE DESIGNER DATING GAME
Thursday, September 6 – 6pm to 8:30pm @ WSU Indstry Innovation Center
M.L. Elrick will emcee a match between two lucky technology startups to the designer of their dreams. In each round of the game, our contestants will ask members of Detroit’s Design Network challenging questions about how design services, like user interface (UI), user experience (UX), graphic design, imagery, content writing, and other solutions can help startups attract more investment, get to market faster, and solve every day business challenges.

You can look forward to happy hour networking with food and beverages, and two rounds of the Designer Dating Game.

 

COLLOQUY OF MOBILES
Saturday, September 8 – 12pm to 4pm @ College of Creative Studies A. Alfred Taubman Center
At 2pm, join us for a special talk at the Colloquy of Mobiles with fabricator Thomas McLeish. The Colloquy of Mobiles is an immersive, interactive exhibit where human-sized mobiles interact through light and sound, with each other, and with the public. This is a full-scale reproduction of the revolutionary gallery installation created in London in 1968. Colloquy predicted the world we live in today, with intelligent machines living among us and challenging us to stay human. The project has been undertaken by the Masters Program in Interaction Design at the College for Creative Studies.

 

THE RUDE BOYZ
Saturday, September 8 – 7pm @ Charles H. Wright Museum
Osborne Macharia, an award winning Afrofuturist photographer and artist conveying important messages such as inclusion, gender abuse, care for the elderly, and more. As a photographer Osborne has worked with international brands including Marvel’s Black Panther, Disney, Oprah Winfrey Network, MTV, Volkswagen, Forbes, Guinness and Mercedes.

Nairobi-based “Blinky” Bill Sellanga is a singer-songwriter, beat maker, producer, and one fourth of Kenyan art and music collective, Just a Band. He is an alumnus of The Red Bull Music Academy, One Beat Music and a TED Fellow.

 

BRANDON ‘B-MIKE’ ODUMS LECTURE
Wednesday, September 12 – 5:30pm to 6:30pm @ University of Detroit Mercy School of Architecture
Brandan “B-mike” Odums is a highly sought after visual artist and filmmaker who uses these chosen mediums to tell stories and make statements that transform the minds of viewers as well as the spaces in which his work appears. In 2016 Brandan debuted his first solo show in New Orleans in a 35,000 sq. ft. warehouse named #StudioBe. He has completed commissioned murals in many locations including Eastern Market. This lecture is free and open to the public.

 

DESIGNS ON TECHNOLOGY – THE INFLUENCE OF CREATIVE TECH ON TOMORROW’S BUSINESS
Wednesday, September 12 – 6pm to 8pm @ The Detroit Center for Design + Technology
As we move into the Fourth Industrial Revolution, we will explore how technology and design are evolving, and influencing one another. How does technology make it possible to move from an online business to a brick-and-mortar location? What is the impact of 3D modeling and printing on classic design techniques like screenprinting? How can new and old tech work together and influence customization for businesses moving forward? Join us to find out.

 

“THE DETROIT SCHOOL” A DESIGN AND ARCHITECTURE PANEL DISCUSSION
Tuesday, September 18 – 6pm to 8pm @ LTU’s Detroit Center for Design + Technology
Detroit’s media platform, Detroitisit, in partnership with Lawrence Tech University’s Detroit Center for Design + Technology and NEXT:SPACE a leading platform for contemporary studio invite you to attend “The Detroit School” A Design and Architecture Panel Discussion. We will explore the importance of determining the foundational principles of such a school and what are the steps to attain such a movement for Detroit. Considering previous design schools such as Bauhaus, Modernism and the new foundational definitions of the LA School, we look to assess what can set a Detroit School apart and build a lasting legacy – globally.

 

DESIGN + TECH: THE FUTURE OF CREATIVITY
Tuesday, September 18 – 4pm to 6pm @ dPOP Studio
For Design Core Detroit’s Month of Design, local design leaders, Melissa Price (dPOP) and Andre Clemons (Dassault Systèmes) are coming together for a fireside chat session to discuss the impact of technology on the creative community, and how it can be leveraged to best serve meaningful work.

 

TOYOTA LECTURE SERIES: KAT HOLMES ON HOW INCLUSION SHAPES DESIGN
Wednesday, September 19 – 6pm to 8pm @ College of Creative Studies A. Alfred Taubman Center
Inclusive design is rapidly gaining relevance, but what does it really mean, and how can it be identified or measured? Kat Holmes, named one of Fast Company’s “Most Creative People in Business”, is founder of mismatch.design, a firm dedicated to inclusive design resources and education. Holmes led Microsoft’s executive program for inclusive product innovation. Now at Google, Holmes continues to advance inclusion for some of the most influential technologies in the world. Her new book, Mismatch, sets a foundation for why designing with excluded communities is more important than ever and drives better solutions for everyone.

 

THE FUTURE OF INFORMATION WITH DR. RUMMAN CHOWDHURY
Wednesday, September 26 – 1pm to 3pm @ The Henry Ford Museum
Every day, our lives and decisions are impacted by the algorithms of Artificial Intelligence (AI). Sometimes we’re aware, and sometimes we are not. On September 26, data scientist Dr. Rumman Chowdhury will share the social implications of AI built on biased information as well as her ideas on how communities can be a part of developing and using AI to improve equity and mobility for all.

 

NOIR DESIGN PARTI LECTURE
Friday, September 28 – 5:30pm @ University of Detroit Mercy
Karen A.D. Burton and Saundra Little will present a history and exploration of the influence of African American architects on the evolution of the built environment in Detroit. According to the National Organization of Minority Architects, fewer than two percent of licensed architects in the United States are African American. In 2016, Saundra and Karen launched “Noir Design Parti,” a Knight Arts Challenge winning project that explores how black architects helped shape the physical identity and landscape of Detroit.

 

Tours

ARCHITECTURE WALK & EXPERIENCE DESIGN TOUR
Thursday, September 6 – 11:30am to 3:30pm @ Detroit Opera House
Through an architecture walk and theater tour, we will explore places made of atoms and discuss how to design places made of bits. The half-day workshop helps participants connect a century of downtown Detroit design inventions, in the form of buildings, urban planning, and event design (such as theatrical performances) to opportunities and challenges in designing digital places for today and the future.

 

JUNIOR LEAGUE OF DETROIT DESIGNER’S SHOW HOUSE
September 15 – October 7 @ The Charles T. Fisher Mansion
The English Tudor-style Charles T. Fisher Mansion—built in 1922 by architect George D. Mason for Charles and Sarah Fisher—was purchased by actor, author, and philanthropist Hill Harper in early 2017. The largest home in the Historic Boston Edison neighborhood, the home consists of 14 bedrooms, 14 bathrooms, six fireplaces, four vaults (one of which once served as a prohibition speakeasy and liquor vault), and spectacularly beautiful grounds. Nationally recognized and local interior designers will bring this magnificent home into the twenty-first century, while talented landscapers will transform the gardens. Proceeds support various community programs and grants.

 

GOLD INK + RED WINE AT POST
Friday, September – 7pm to 10pm @ POST
POST is opening its shop and studios for an evening of tours, demos, and drop-in workshops. Visit the design and production studios of Mutual Adoration, Hooray Forever, Scarlet Crane, and TAIT Design Co. Meet the artists, designers, and special guests.

 

BIKES, BEERS, AND BALUSTERS
Saturday, September 22 – 10am to 12pm @ The Beaubien House
Over the course of a relaxing bike ride through Detroit, we will explore the architectural ornamentation of Corrado Parducci, the man who helped make Detroit beautiful. Parducci Society President Jennifer Baross and Detroit bike enthusiast Tom Page will guide the tour with guests and share details, secrets, and stories about Parducci’s and other craftsmen’s contributions to Detroit’s built environment. Afterward, we will unwind at the Beaubien House, one of Detroit’s oldest homes, with optional lunch, beers and informal conversation on ornamentation and craftsmanship in Detroit.

 

THE DETROIT WINE STROLL
Saturday, September 29 – 1pm to 5pm @ Downtown Detroit
Multiple Detroit venues paired with select wines and appetizers – sounds too good to be true! The wine stroll will provide attendees an opportunity to check out several architecturally significant buildings while enjoying select wines paired with an appetizer at each of eight unique venues.

 

Workshops

BUILDING OUR NEXT GENERATIONS WITH SW DETROIT
Saturday, September 8 – 2pm to 4pm @ Green Veteran House “DFO Command Center” 
Join us for a workshop honoring youth-led design, construction and development processes as applied with local high school students from Southwest Detroit.
Participants will experience an action-learning workshop from design to prototype and feasibility. We will utilize design thinking, systems thinking, Rapid Prototyping as seen ala Google Labs and processes adopted from the National Academy of Sciences to go from ideation to feasible steps.

 

EQUITY IN EDUCATION: IMAGINING A NEW FUTURE IN DETROIT
Tuesday, September 11 – 9am to 12:30pm @ Grand Valley State University Detroit Center
What does equity mean, particularly in education? Join us for an inclusive, handson workshop to consider this complicated question. Using Design Thinking tools and methods, we will collaborate to imagine new social, economic and political futures for education and contribute to a positive and productive discussion around our city’s needs for equitable opportunities. Whether you are a high school student, parent, designer, educator, entrepreneur, neighborhood leader or retiree, your voice matters.

 

PHOTOGRAPHY FOR DESIGNERS
Friday, September 14 – 6pm to 8pm @ Darkroom Detroit
Are you a designer who needs to create dynamic visual content? Or maybe you need to learn how to take better pictures of your design objects or prototypes? In this workshop, you’ll learn how to stage, light and photograph products, as well as learn how to apply color theory and composition to create images to help service your design goals.

 

INCLUSIVE DESIGN WORKSHOP AND BOOK SIGNING WITH KAT HOLMES
Thursday, September 20 – 9am to 1pm @ 460 W. Baltimore St.
Author of Mismatch, Kat Holmes is a recognized expert in the growing field of inclusive design. She led Microsoft’s executive program for inclusive product innovation as the company’s Principal Director of Inclusive Design. Now at Google, Holmes continues to advance inclusion for some of the most influential technologies in the world. As a UNESCO City of Design, Design Core Detroit and College for Creative Studies are honored to host Kat Holmes to address a topic at the heart of Detroit’s Action Plan – inclusive design.

 

Exhibition

SHAPE: DEFINING FURNITURE IN MICHIGAN’S DESIGN LEGACY
Friday, September 7 – Sunday, September 30 @ Shinola Detroit Store
Don’t miss this special furniture exhibition exploring themes of Michigan design, past and present through a carefully curated selection of original, midcentury masterpieces and contemporary studio furniture. Discover important design practices from iconic designers such as Charles & Ray Eames and Florence Knoll, carried on by today’s designers including Alex Drew and NO ONE, Nina Cho, Colin Tury, Hunt & Noyer and more.

 

ROAD TO 150: FRENCH PAPER TOUR
Saturday, September 8 – 6pm to 9pm @ College of Creative Studies A. Alfred Taubman Center
French Paper, a Michigan family-owned paper mill, is celebrating its 150th anniversary by gathering and showcasing decades of historical printed materials and promotional items. As a part of a multi-city tour, Road to 150 shows off some the highest quality work you can find in print and paper.

 

PLACE: AN ART INSTALLATION EXHIBITION
Thursday, September 13 – 6pm to 9pm @ Norwest Gallery of Art

Place is an exhibition of 3d installation art centered around transforming a site-specific space in to a striking presence. Through art and design the installations will transform Norwest Gallery of Art in to a space where being there is to be with in and apart of the art itself.

 

FOCUS: ON DETROIT PHOTOGRAPHY FESTIVAL
Saturday, September 15 – 12pm to 11pm @ Focus: HOPE
Focus: On Detroit Photography Festival celebrates the people and places of the great city of Detroit! Exhibitions include high-quality photographic works by a range of established and emerging photographers, including youth. The highlight of the festival features largescale nighttime projections of photographs, videos and light sculptures on the historic Bell Building curated to riveting music. Additional festival elements include photo-related workshops and artist talks, hands-on activities for all ages, music, food trucks and a beer garden.

 

PICNIC
Saturday, September 22 – 6pm to 8pm @ Simone DeSousa EDITION
Simone DeSousa EDITION will host PICNIC, a site-specific installation by Campo Studio (Fernando Bales & Elise DeChard). The project aims to blur the lines between object, architecture, and the field in between. The intervention will comprise a series of mobile furniture armatures, each with a standalone presence and use, that together assemble into a cohesive architectural space spanning the gallery and courtyard. Investigating playful materiality and rich tactility, the structures will activate the sensorial boundary between interior and public space. The project will be up through the second week of October.

 

SUKKAH X DETROIT
September 23 – September 30 @ Capitol Park
Five to seven sukkahs, selected through Detroit’s largest international design competition, will be displayed in Detroit’s historic Capitol Park, accompanied by complementary programs and events. Design drawings and renderings will be exhibited at  Eastern Market After Dark in Shed 3 on September 20th.

This weeklong event provides an opportunity for all to explore the relevance of an ancient ritual in a contemporary urban environment, and to showcase Detroit on a national and international stage.

 

“DETROIT: CROSSROAD OF INNOVATION” FRESCO UNVEILING
Sunday, September 23 – 2pm to 5pm @ Cobo Center
Join us on level 2 at Cobo Center for the Public Unveiling of “Detroit: Crossroad of Innovation,” Hubert Massey’s impressive 30’x30’ fresco painting. Detroit’s history of innovation is featured. The artist will speak at 2:30 pm followed by fresco demonstrations, jazz, family activities and self-guided art tours of the Cobo Art Collection.

 

THE KIT LIVE VENDOR SHOWCASE
Thursday, September 27 – 5pm to 7pm @ Bamboo Detroit
Join us for an after-hours showcase with some of Detroit’s best local and regional printers, suppliers and design-related services at The Kit Vendor Showcase! Meet and connect with local reps in person, together with fellow designers. AIGA Detroit created The Kit design resource database in order to help designers in the Detroit area explore and source all their design & production needs. The Vendor Showcase is a way to build those connections with local design resources in real life!

 

Summits

15 SECONDS FESTIVAL
September 20 – September 21 @ Cobo Center
This September, Fifteen Seconds is coming to Detroit to host a two-day experience designed to help businesses grow. What is known as Europe’s leading interdisciplinary business festival, Fifteen Seconds will unite a global community of curious minds at Cobo Center. With 2,000 interdisciplinary attendees, 80+ speakers from the fields of marketing, advertising, media, technology, digital, HR, and leadership, join us for 48 hours to network, learn, and get inspired.

 

PUBLIC X DESIGN: FROM INCLUSION TO EQUITY
September 23 – September 25 @ College for Creative Studies Taubman Center
Public x Design, now in its third year, brings together a diverse group of people who contribute to the vitality of our cities. This year’s conference is open to everyone. We are convening a community of design practitioners, organizers, advocates, activists, community partners, architects, engineers, planners, government officials, and more. We are asking ourselves and each other: What role can design play in shaping more equitable public spaces? How are design and planning practitioners implicated in our increasingly unequal cities? And how can they best work with and for community partners to achieve their visions?

 

UX/UI MI 2018
Thursday, September 27 – 9:30am to 2pm @ Lear Innovation Center
Vitamin T and Lear Corporation present UX/UI MI 2018 hosted at Lear Innovation Center, in partnership with Design Core Detroit and Month of Design 2018! Join us for our half day event featuring top Detroit and Michigan-wide UX/UI professionals to present their insights and newest developments in design and innovation. UX/UI topics will include Design, Content, Research, Customer Experience, Mobility and Development. Experience the rich abundance of UX/UI talent and thought leaders within our area. Engage and network with the change-makers within our community, followed by our lunch social.

 

BRAND CAMP SUMMIT: HUMANS AND CITIES – BUILDING BRANDS THAT MATTER
Friday, September 28 – 9am to 5pm @ Detroit Foundation Hotel
The Brand Camp Summit is a collision of humans, design, technology and grit to make cities for all people. Brand Camp is a gathering of thought leaders, technologists, and creatives around a discussion on branding, entrepreneurial thinking and eradicating the digital divide. The purpose of Brand Camp is to change how people build, launch and grow small businesses and change the narrative of the cities that we live, work and play in.

 

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