Have you heard of the DC3 – the Detroit Creative Corridor Center? The DC3 is an economic development organization in downtown Detroit that provides support to the city’s creative industries. Led by one of nicest, hardworking, and most knowledgeable Detroiters around, Executive Director Matthew Clayson and his team strive to align Detroit’s creative community with resources, exposure, and advocacy in order to grow the local creative economy and build Detroit’s reputation as a global center for design. The DC3 focuses on the top 5 highest earning creative industries in Michigan… which are advertising, literary/publishing/print, industrial/graphic/interior/interactive design, film/audio visual/broadcasting, and architecture.
If you haven’t heard of the DC3, you might be familiar with the work they do in hosting the annual Detroit Design Festival each fall. The Detroit Design Festival is North America’s festival of independent design and it began as a venue and opportunity to connect all types of creative professionals, introducing them to new markets and consumers, and exposing the city’s creative talent and collective design aesthetic to audiences all around the US and world. The event is hosted in several neighborhoods around Detroit and features a collection of various partners and community planned and supported events – everything from product launches and shows, to lectures, panel discussions, trunk shows, tours, open houses, retail happenings and design battles. I highly suggest you check it out later this year, it’s scheduled to run from 9/22 – 9/26.
One of my favorite things the DC3 does is their monthly Drinks x Design networking events. Drinks x Design is a monthly open studio that provides exposure and networking opportunities for the creative community of Detroit. On the second Thursday of every month, Drinks x Design is held at a different locations and offers an opportunity for creative businesses throughout the city to open their doors and share their work with the public. Anyone is welcome to attend and those who do are encouraged to come share their stories, meet new people, make connections, and promote their creative endeavors and learn about other projects going on in and around the city. The monthly get together serves as a great platform to continue the Detroit Design Festival dialogue year-round and increase awareness of design-based businesses all over the city. The most recent Drinks x Design studio was held downtown at Grand Circus and was one of the best weeknight events I’ve been to so far this year.
If you want to join the fun, mark your calendar for Thursday, February 12, location TBD. See you there!