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Build Your Creative Community, Meet Potential Collaborators And Take Advantage Of Exclusive Member Opportunities

The Detroit
Design Network

Build your creative community, meet collaborators & take advantage of exclusive member opportunities.

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Detroit Design Network is a collaborative membership network united around a shared passion for good design. 

We welcome designers and design firms from all industries, specialties and career stages to join the network.

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  • Business to business matchmaking

  • One-on-One Business Coaching 

  • Educational programming 

  • Promotional and sales opportunities

  • Listing in the Detroit Design Network directory

  • Platforms for hosting workshops and classes to share expertise and highlight work

  • Exclusive member communications highlighting grants, job postings, open calls and new business

  • International Exchange through UNESCO Creative Cities Platform

Design Salon: Business to Business Matchmaking for Creative Services

Our signature Design Salons s serve to connect clients with the design talent they need for a specific project by facilitating a Q&A between the buyers and Detroit Design Network members.  Whether they’re looking for an architect, graphic designer, photographer or industrial designer, potential new clients can utilize this free service to explain the project requirements and constraints and be introduced to designers with the interest and capabilities required to do the work. While this does not take the place of a typical procurement process, the service does accelerate the process and help ensure a success relationship. 

  • A potential client contacts Design Core for a professional referral. 

  • Design Core meets virtually with the client to ensure the RFP, Scope of Work, or Hire a Designer intake form are complete, clear and realistic

  • Design Core and the client schedule a one hour, virtual Design Salon at a mutually agreeable time

  • Design Core posts the opportunity to the Design Network via the weekly newsletter and also sends targeted invites to members listed in the directory under the requested design discipline

  • The business or organization seeking services starts the Design Salon by explaining the project and their needs in as much detail as possible

  • Designers ask clarifying questions and then introduce themselves and their capabilities as they relate to this particular project 

  • Design Core facilitates a clear understanding of next steps and the process for selection and, at that point, their role is finished, except to follow up for a testimonial or report on what followed.

  • After the event, designers follow guidelines for consideration, the buyer makes a selection and the parties enter into a contract.

Business Coaching

One-on-one business consultations help design-driven entrepreneurs or small businesses access resources, strengthen their business and connect to professional services.

I have nothing but gratitude for the great support, belief, and commitment to see us succeed, that Design Core has shown.
Not sure what to expect from this upcoming year but one thing is sure, success is in there. Cheers to an amazing year that you helped to spice up.

David R. Medina Alvarez,  

Detroit Design Network Member & Detroit Month of Design Alum

Design Core has not only facilitated a community to belong to, but has exposed us to a sea of talent that we can tap into.


We’ve had the pleasure of  working with Detroit Design Network members like Woodward Throwbacks and Donut Shop.  

Nicole Piach

Digital Print Specialities, Detroit Design Network Member 

I found the Design Salon to be very helpful in providing an informal but informative and productive face to face opportunity to meet with various designers.
I was able to show them virtually, in real time, around my space to better explain the current design concerns I am seeking to have addressed.


Virtual Design Salon

UNESCO Exchange Programs

Design Core is here to support our members and the Detroit design community.
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We’re available for virtual office hours for design businesses as needed.
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