Designing Detroit’s Future

The sixth-annual Detroit Design Festival (DDF), returns Sept. 21-25 with its annual citywide celebration of creativity. The event brings together designers and enthusiasts alike to celebrate Detroit’s role as a design capital. In celebration of Detroit’s new designation as a UNESCO City of Design – the first city in the United States – DDF events and programs will be exploring the ways in which design is shaping Detroit’s future. Signature events returning include: Eastern Market After Dark, Light Up Livernois, Youth Day, and an all-new Design Summit, and dozens of independent design happenings.



At DC3, our mission is to strengthen Detroit’s creative economy and connect people to it.

DC3 is an economic development organization focused on strengthening the creative economy in Detroit. Launched in 2010 as a partnership between College for Creative Studies and Business Leaders of Michigan, DC3 works with partners in industry, academia, and the community to foster economic growth and champion the creative sector. Learn more at www.detroitc3.com.


It takes a hustling team to put on a spectacular festival



Nina Bianchi, Work Department
Cezanne Charles, Creative Many, rootoftwo
Sooshin Choi, College for Creative Studies
Amy Deines, Cranbrook Academy of Art
Jean Louis Farges, Akoaki, U of M Taubman School of Architecture
Chrisstina Hamilton, U of M Stamps School of Art and Design
Lauren Hood, Live6
Erin Kelly, Detroit Planning Department
Stephen McGee, Stephen McGee Films
Justin Morelock, NXT Design
Anya Sirota, Akoaki, U of M Taubman School of Architecture
Terri Tahnoose, Lear Corporation
Bucky Willis, Detroit Collaborative Design Center, Bleeding Heart Design
Morgan Willis, Allied Media Projects
Will Wittig, U of D Mercy School of Architecture
Elizabeth Zouzal, Lear Corporation

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