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  • The Fox Theatre is one of the nation's most beautiful venues for the performing arts.

  • Art deco architecture at its finest, the Guardian Building was once promoted as “the Cathedral of Finance”.

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All roads lead to Detroit for the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) 2016 International Conference! The Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau are excited to welcome meeting attendees.

Designers are #MakingThingsHappen by bringing dreams to reality, even when others don’t have faith. Industrial designers play a critical role in advancing the satisfaction of life through experiences, social innovations and enjoyable services. As the Industrial Designers Society of America embarks on its next 50 years, it will hold its International Conference from August 17-20, 2016 at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center—and its International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) 2016 Ceremony and Gala on August 17 in an iconic site, The Henry Ford Museum in nearby Dearborn, MI.

“Detroit has been an epicenter for making everything and anything. Music, food, automobiles, furniture, arts, crafts—you name it,” says Sooshin Choi, IDSA, chair of the 2016 International Conference and provost and vice president for academic affairs at Detroit’s College for Creative Studies. “Here, the people are ambitious, passionate, full of pride and above all—have an ambition to make things happen. If necessity is the mother of invention, in Detroit, optimism is the father who gets things done. The city has a magnificent history. Now, revitalization is underway and making headlines around the globe. Join us in a celebration of industrial design and all that is happening in this great city.”

Mark your calendar to meet some of the biggest names in industrial design and related fields; tour some of the best design studios in Detroit; network; experience the IDSA Career Center; and catch the next generation of design in the IDSA Student Merit Award winners. Come early and stay late to enjoy all that Detroit—named by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as the only US city hailed for design in the Creative Cities Network in 2016—has to offer. Experience the journey to #ComebackCity now on @IDSA #IDSADetroit16 #IDSAIDEA @VisitDetroit on Twitter.

Welcome to Detroit

The complete Detroit experience consists of events and attractions in the realms of cars, culture, gaming, music and sports. With new developments, tasty eats and nationally recognized entertainment options that stun crowds unlike any other region, we think you’ll find that Detroit is a culturally remarkable city that you just can’t get enough of.

To help you plan ahead, below are a few of our must-sees, but there’s so much to see and do in Detroit that it’s hard to narrow the list. Please feel free to peruse this website and the Visit Detroit Blog, to help make the most of your time in The D.


The Henry Ford, “America’s Greatest History Attraction,” is a world-renowned museum with exhibits full of historic artifacts that will amaze and make you reflect on American history in a way you never imagined. JFK’s limo, Rosa Parks’ bus and George Washington’s bed are just a few of the items you’ll see. The Henry Ford offers the ultimate family experience, with its IMAX Theatre and the stroll-able Greenfield Village, which features Model T Rides, Edison’s Menlo Park Laboratory and much more.

Known as “Hitsville USA,” the Motown Museum is home of the world-famous Studio A, where Motown greats, such as The Temptations, Marvin Gay and others, recorded classics that we still listen to today. During your visit, you’ll get a tour around the place to see iconic photos, hear stories about how the stars made it big and learn to sing and dance just like they did back in the day.

The Detroit Institute of Arts is favored among the top 10 museums in the country, and rightfully so. Offering an astonishing 100+ galleries of art, with pieces from ancient to modern times, the DIA is a cultural haven from the 1800s that attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors of all ages year-round, from all over the world. The interior structure alone is enough to goggle at.

The Detroit International RiverWalk is Detroit’s beautifully restored riverfront that spans miles along the Detroit River. With stunning views of Windsor, Ontario, the Ambassador Bridge, boats, jet skis and more, you can enjoy the RiverWalk by foot or bike.


Detroit has a variety of tour companies that will guide you around downtown on walking, biking, bus or boat tours to point out sites that give us that Detroit flare.

Detroit Experience Factory
Diamond Jack River Tours
Feet on the Street Tours and Events
Motor City Brew Tours
Detroit Segways
Show Me Detroit Tours
Wheelhouse Detroit


Shopping is an activity that everyone in the family can enjoy, and with plentiful shopping options in The D, from boutique shops on suburban main streets to mega malls, you could find yourself quite content for a better part of the day. Somerset Collection in Troy features three levels of exclusive shops, such as Nordstrom, Macy’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, Tiffany & Co. and more. One of our favorites just happens to be The Detroit Shoppe, a part-museum, part-retail shop with museum-like merchandise, clothing and a whole lot of Detroit. Looking for more? Try Great Lakes Crossing in Auburn Hills or Twelve Oaks Mall in Novi.


It’s nice to unwind after a long day, and Detroit will not disappoint with its elegant nightlife options. Detroit’s big three casinos, Greektown Casino, MGM Grand Detroit and MotorCity Casino, are chockfull of restaurants, bars, spas, big-time gaming and good times. Did we get your attention? Read more on the Visit Detroit blog.

Seeing as Michigan has earned a reputation as the Great Beer State, we put together a list of 10 of metro Detroit’s best microbreweries, with some of the most original beer you’ll ever taste. Read more on the Visit Detroit blog. Perhaps you’re a wine drinker, and that’s OK, too. We know of some great metro Detroit wine bars. Read more on the Visit Detroit blog.


Welcome to The D



Industrial Designers
Society of America
2016 International Conference

Wednesday, August 17, to Saturday, August 20, 2016

Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center
400 Renaissance Drive


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