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January 15, 2017 / Fatema Boxwala

Process, Process! New work with Dynamic IT

We’re working with Dynamic Computer Corporation, a minority and women owned information technology business, based in Michigan since 1979
November 1, 2016 / Carlie Quezada, Libby Cole and Nina Bianchi

Public Design Trust: Footwork

We're co-leading the production of an exhibition at the 10th Biennale Internationale Design Saint-Étienne 2017. The exhibition Footwork examines the future of network-based working models through the metaphor of dance and its relationship to systems planning and the interconnected movements between people, objects and place.
October 18, 2016 / Fatema Boxwala, Carlie Quezada

Co-Creating Lesson Plans with FoodLab

We're partnering with FoodLab, a community of food entrepreneurs committed to making the possibility of good food in Detroit a sustainable reality. We’re helping to increase their impact by using design thinking to co-create lesson plans for the curriculum they offer to budding food entrepreneurs.
October 1, 2016 / Nina Bianchi and Libby Cole

WD proud sponsor and participant at DDF2016

The Detroit Design Festival (DDF) is an annual citywide celebration of creativity. As part of the Detroit City of Design Summit planning committee, WD played a key role in helping to shape a more participatory and critical dialogue.

July 19, 2016 / Libby Cole

WD Partner Libby Cole interviewed in Crain’s Detroit Business!

The Work Department is proud to be part of a curatorial team, Public Design Trust, that is organizing an exhibition in Saint Etienne, France in early 2017, as part of the International Design Biennale.

July 15, 2016 / Carlie Quezada

Detroit is now a UNESCO City of Design!

We are thrilled by this news and look forward to all of the exciting opportunities and positive impact to our creative economy that will result from this designation.

June 30, 2016 / Libby Cole, Carlie Quezada

The Skillman Foundation’s Good Neighborhoods Initiative reflects on decade of impact

In partnership with the University of Michigan’s School of Social Work Technical Assistance Center (TAC), we designed impact statements for the four communities in which this program has been implemented.

May 4, 2016 / Bianca Ibarlucea and Meg Heeres

We were interviewed by Allied Media Projects!

Check out this article by Allied Media Projects about the identity redesign we made for the 2016 Allied Media Conference.

March 30, 2016 / Eva Zielinski

CreateNED update: participatory neighborhood design

Welcome back to CreateNED! In July of 2015 we announced that we were excited to be part of this project, a recipient of ArtPlace America’s 2015 National Grants Program and a collaboration between Allied Media Projects, RestoreNED, and The Work Department. The project utilizes art, green design, technology and community engagement to revitalize Northeast Detroit’s Parks.
March 1, 2016 / Nina Bianchi

How can design help us build more equitable cities?

Work Department founder and partner, Nina Bianchi and Graig Donnelly, director of the Detroit Revitalization Fellows program at Wayne State University discuss the importance of design in inclusive, equitable development of cities like Detroit and Medellín, Colombia.

November 6, 2015 / Libby Cole and Michael Gregor

Cultivating collaboration to ensure Detroit Head Start’s successful expansion

The movement to strengthen early childhood education in Detroit is growing, and we are excited to be a part of it. The Southeast Michigan Early Childhood Funders Collaborative engaged us to plan, design, and implement a citywide campaign to boost enrollment in Detroit’s 65 Head Start centers along with our partners from Early Works.
October 5, 2015 / Libby Cole

Resilient Communities brings wireless networks to Sandy-affected neighborhoods

In 2012 and 2013, we worked with New America to design toolkits for communities to create their own mesh networks.

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