Design Studio Open Houses

15 studios around West Michigan will open their doors to WMDW guests on this day of open houses.

About This Event

All tickets for this event are free but space is limited. Please register to reserve your spot!

- Click the General Admission Tickets link to go to Eventbrite
- CAREFULLY READ EACH TICKET TYPE and select your desired studio tour location and time
- Please be careful to not book two events at the same time, we will ask you to cancel one 

We invited design studios of all disciplines in Kalamazoo, the Lakeshore, Traverse City, and Grand Rapids to open their doors and celebrate Design Week with us! Each will include informal tours and take attendees behind the scenes to share the inner workings of studios' creative spaces.

Please see below for a description of each studio.


Atomic Object | Grand Rapids | 12 - 1pm

1034 Wealthy St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506

Atomic Object is a custom software design and development consultancy. We build software for a wide range of industries, utilizing multidisciplinary design and development practices.

Atomic Object will provide a tour of their beautifully restored historic space and share a few of their favorite human-centered design activities. Guests will have an opportunity to participate in an interactive human-centered design exercise. Lunch will be provided.


Carnevale | Grand Rapids | 12 - 1 pm

44 Grandville Avenue SW, Suite 320, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Experience the Unprecedented – From Apps to AR/VR to solutions that defy categorization, we create experiences that scale effortlessly, connect with your existing cloud, and solve pressing business challenges.

Carnevale will provide a tour of their space and discuss their process. Guests will have an opportunity to explore a range of AR experiences. Light snacks and drinks will be available.


Grey Matter Group | Grand Rapids | 12 - 1pm

131 Division Ave S #300, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Grey Matter Group is a multi-disciplinary design and marketing firm that brings both sides of the brain to bear on every project they touch: Sharp left-brain strategy plus thumb-stopping, right-brain creative. They work in both traditional and digital media including naming, identity, print advertising, collateral, packaging, outdoor, broadcast, video, web design and development, digital advertising, social media management, and more. They've been helping good clients and good causes tell their stories with dramatic results for 28 years.

Grey Matter Group will provide a tour of their space and share some of their work. Light snacks and drinks will be available.


Blue Flame Thinking | Grand Rapids | 4:30 - 5:30pm

801 Broadway Ave NW #300, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Blue Flame Thinking is a creative marketing agency specializing in brands within the B2BC space.

Blue Flame Thinking will provide a tour of their space and share some of their work. Light snacks and drinks will be available.


Peopledesign | Grand Rapids | 4:30 - 5:30pm

168 Campau Promenade NW, Suite #200, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Peopledesign is a design innovation firm helping leaders navigate change.

Peopledesign will provide a tour of their space and share some of their work. Light snacks and drinks will be available.


Symposia Labs | Grand Rapids | 4:30 - 5:30pm

601 5th St. NW Suite 100, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Symposia Labs is a specialty shop focused on digital marketing strategy and execution. Their focuses include web optimization, pay-per-click advertising, creative and content, social media, email marketing, and marketing strategy.

Symposia Labs will provide a tour of their space and share some of their case studies and presentations. They'll answer questions about digital marketing and might even provide a short website or ad audit for those interested. Light snacks and drinks will be available.


Fishbeck | Grand Rapids | 6:30 - 7:30pm

1515 Arboretum Drive SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546

Fishbeck is a diverse team of design and technical leaders focused on environments that create positive impacts in our community. Our architects and interior designers engage in a collaborative process to develop innovative solutions that are as unique as our clients.

Fishbeck will provide a tour of their space and share some of their work. Light snacks and drinks will be available.


Mighty in the Midwest | Grand Rapids | 6:30 - 7:30pm

50 Louis St NW # 520, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Mighty plans, designs, and develops websites, interfaces, user experiences, content, and content management systems for web, mobile, and iOS applications. Located in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids since 2007, we work with large organizations, small companies, and startups in a variety of industries. Mighty has long believed that working hard and solving problems should be deeply satisfying. So we’ve focused on relationships, believing that when we’re happy and healthy, our work isn’t only more enjoyable, it’s better. We invest in our team, and our team invests in each other, in our clients, in our craft, and in our community.

Mighty in the Midwest will provide a tour of their space and share some of their work. Light snacks and drinks will be available.


Newell Brands | Kalamazoo | 12 - 1pm

Newell Brands Design Center, 3300 Research Way, Kalamazoo, MI 49008

Newell Brands is a leading global consumer goods company with products in 90% of U.S. households. Join us to see where those products and their packaging are created and the teams behind them.

Tour our Design Center celebrate Design Week. Lunch will be provided.


West Michigan Design Archives | Kalamazoo | 4:30 - 5:30pm| 6:30 - 7:30pm

Zhang Legacy Collections Center, 1650 Oakland Drive, Kalamazoo, MI, 49008

WEST MICHIGANDERS HAVE DESIGNED SOME COOL STUFF. The West Michigan Graphic Design Archives houses over 700 items designed between 1940 and 2019 for the Upjohn company, Herman Miller, French Paper, Merrell Footwear, Newell Brands, the Grand Rapids Opera and many others. See a representation of the work from this collection and tour the LEED-silver-certified facility that preserves these materials. Be inspired by the leaders who have influenced the world of graphic design – from right here in West Michigan.

See an exhibit of over 30 pieces from the collection and tour the archives facility.


Designsmiths shared design studio | Traverse City | 12 - 1pm

319 N. Elmwood Avenue, Traverse City MI 49684

Designsmiths Architects | Erin Waineo Design | Andy Wakeman Photography

This shared studio will provide a tour of their space and display their portfolios. Light snacks will be available.


Lake Effect | Traverse City | 4:30 - 5:30pm

102 W Front St #404, Traverse City, MI 49684

Lake Effect is a branding and digital marketing agency.

Lake Effect will provide a tour of their space and share some of their work. Light snacks and drinks will be available.


Corbin | Traverse City | 6:30 - 7:30pm

415 S Union St., 2nd Floor, Traverse City, MI 49684

Corbin Design was established in 1976 and became an employee-owned firm in 2002. Since then, we have earned a reputation as a leader in wayfinding and environmental graphic design throughout North America. Our wayfinding clients include 170 medical centers, 100 cities and towns, and 50 colleges and universities.

Corbin will discuss their design process and display project deliverables and photos of final installed work.


DISHER | Zeeland | 12 - 1pm

201 West Washington Ave. Suite 230, Zeeland, MI 49464

DISHER partners with customers from a variety of industries to create and vet the best ideas. Our cross-functional team continues to optimize the process of product development and accelerate innovation.

DISHER will provide a tour of their space, explain their culture, and share some of their projects. They'll then share invite attendees to participate in a quick brainstorming session using their 'Whiteboard Wednesday' process which is always a lot of fun. Lunch will be provided.


Next Creative | Holland | 4:30 - 5:30pm

76 E. 8th St., Second Floor, Holland, MI 49423

Next Creative Co. is a creative agency located above a brew pub in downtown Holland, MI and a short drive from Lake Michigan. Our wheelhouse includes brand strategy, campaign dev, design and art direction, content and copy, video and edit, web design and development.

Next Creative Co. will provide a tour of their space and a creative offering. Light food and beverages will be available.


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