Community Outreach & Engagement


CCS is proud to be involved in this year's Detroit Design Festival. Don't miss the activities taking place on and around CCS's campus. For more information on the 60+ happenings, please visit

College for Creative Studies (CCS) Partners with Skidmore Studio to Present “Reengineering Detroit with Design Thinking”

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Innovation and creativity ultimately led to Detroit’s role as a manufacturing giant but an emerging trend known as Design Thinking may be key to the city’s inevitable reemergence. Join the College for Creative Studies (CCS) and Skidmore Studio for “Reengineering Detroit with Design Thinking” on Saturday, Sept. 21 at 2:00 p.m. This engaging panel discussion, held in conjunction with the Detroit Design Festival (DDF), will examine how we identify solutions to create the Detroit we desire.

"In today's world, designers and non-designers alike, must understand that design is a verb, not a noun," said Tim Smith, CEO of Skidmore Studio.  "We are designing experiences for our audiences that must provide solutions.  It is design thinking.  As a design studio we must help our clients understand that the process we use is the secret sauce. It is the pathway to extraordinary design."

Key leaders of Skidmore Studio, including two CCS alums from their strategy, design and illustration departments, will showcase the studio's three-step design thinking process.  Skidmore is focused on the role of design in the redevelopment and re-engineering of Detroit, and has used this to propel their clients forward. The Skidmore team will leverage case studies to demonstrate how "kick ass design" can rock the status quo.

CCS’s Ford Campus will play host to many other events during DDF including: 

Neighborhood Fort
50’ x 50 foot space, Ford Campus Sculpture Garden
September 17 – 22, 2013
1 x 8’ table

2012/13 Best Projects Exhibition 
Atrium of Walter B. Ford II Building
September 17 – 22, 2013
Building Hours: Tuesday – Saturday - 8:00 – 11:00 PM, Sunday, 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM 

The College's most successful student design projects of the 2012/13 academic year will be on view in the atrium of the Walter B., Ford II Building. Work from a wide range of departments and media will be highlighted. 

Nothingtoseeness: The Visual Art of John Cage 
Center Galleries, Ford Campus
Sept. 17 (runs through Oct. 19), 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

For the first time ever in Detroit, Center Galleries presents an exhibition of Cage’s drawings, watercolors and prints.

Jim Haefner Photography Exhibit
Valade Family Gallery, A. Alfred Taubman Center for Design Education
Sept. 17 (runs through Oct. 11)
Opening Night - Friday, September 20, 2013, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. 

Photographer Jim Haefner brings his "Automobiles and Architecture" exhibition to the CCS Valade Family Gallery in the A. Alfred Taubman Center for Design Education.

Toyota Lecture Series - Lorraine Wild
Wendell A. Anderson Jr. Auditorium, Walter B. Ford II Building
Wednesday, September 18, 2013, 6:00 PM 

Graphic Designer and Proprietress of Green Dragon Office Lorraine Wild comes to CCS to discuss her award-winning work as a graphic designer, Creative Director, and design firm owner.


Cable Car Race
Ford Campus parking structure, 4th floor
Friday, September 20, 2013, 4:15 PM  

Join us for a race of cable cars designed and fabricated by freshmen Transportation Design students! The cable cars are designed with aerodynamics in mind, constructed from 20 lb. foam, sanded and painted by the students, and then raced on descending cables in CCS' parking structure. Winners are chosen based on speed and design. 

Experimental Letterpress Workshop 
B208, Kresge Ford Building
Saturday, September 21, 2013, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM 

In this workshop, the basics of letterpress, as well as the interplay of image and typography - both conventional and experimental, will be covered. The primary focus will be on experimental processes for letterpress (relief) printmaking by demonstrating and participating in a variety of image making processes that include linoleum carving, wood type, laser-cut image and type, Legos, and other experimental relief printmaking processes.  All of these methods will be channeled into creating a two to three color poster for each participant. 

Participants will need to come prepared with a simple phrase to typeset, or be prepared with imagery that they can translate into a two or three-color poster. Some may want a “type-centric” design, and others may want to explore the exchange and interplay of image and type in their poster. The main goal is that everyone explores new possibilities and has fun in the process.

Lego Display/Activity
Cafeteria, Kresge Ford Building, Ford Campus
Space reserved – Friday, 2:00 PM (set up may not begin earlier) – Sunday, 10:00 PM (all items brought in must be removed by this time)
Building Hours: Friday – Saturday - 8:00 – 11:00 PM, Sunday, 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM 

Children’s Activities (Mask Making, Kid Pod, etc.)
W105, Walter B. Ford II Building
Saturday, September 21, 2013, 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Building Hours: Saturday, 8:00 – 11:00 PM