Quicken Loans and Fathead Sponsor the First Detroit Design Festival, Setember 21-28

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Detroit-based companies sponsor festival showcasing local design talent.

The Detroit Creative Corridor Center (DC3) announced that Quicken Loans Inc. is the “Premier Sponsor” of the inaugural Detroit Design Festival (DDF), scheduled for September 21 through September 28.“It’s great to have companies in our own backyard who understand the important role creative people play in the future of Detroit’s rebirth,” said Matt Clayson, director, Detroit Creative Corridor Center. “We are truly grateful for the support that Quicken Loans has shown for the Detroit Design Festival with their sponsorship.”

The Quicken Loans’ sponsorship of DDF has allowed the Detroit Creative Corridor Center to provide mini-grants to local designers and creative professionals allowing them to present their ‘design happenings’ during the eight-day festival that will feature fashion shows, exhibitions, lectures, installations, studio tours, performances, and more.    

A sister company of Quicken Loans, Fathead, LLC, is also supporting the Detroit Design Festival by producing a decorative decal—created by DC3 Ventures in residence participant, Todd Ridley of Left Bank Creative—that is going to be placed on the sidewalk in front of the venues hosting the 77 ‘design happenings’ and several other strategic places across the city.

”We are excited to be part of such an important event showcasing the creative talents of so many Detroiters,” said Jay Farner, President and Chief Marketing Officer for Quicken Loans. “As we continue forward with our Detroit 2.0 vision, it is important that we embrace the arts, which have been at the forefront of the city’s resurgence.”

DDF is the first-known crowd-sourced design festival in Detroit, meaning all of the ‘design happenings’ that are scheduled to take place during the eight-day festival were developed by, and will be executed by, designers and creative people from across the metro Detroit area.

View a complete listing of ‘design happenings’ at http://www.DetroitDesignFestival.com. A printed version of the DDF guide will be available starting September 14. To keep up on the latest news and information be sure to “Like” Detroit Design Festival on Facebook and follow the Detroit Design Festival @DetDesignFest on Twitter.    

About Detroit Creative Corridor Center:
The Detroit Creative Corridor Center ("DC3") is a business accelerator focused on helping creative sector businesses grow. Supported by Business Leaders for Michigan and the College for Creative Studies, the DC3’s vision is to establish Detroit as a global center of creative business, creative innovation and creative talent. For more details visit: http://www.detroitcreativecorridorcenter.com.

About Quicken Loans Inc:
Quicken Loans Inc. is the nation’s largest online retail mortgage lender and among the five largest overall retail home lenders in the United States. The company closed a record $29 billion in retail home loan volume across all 50 states in 2010, and recently closed its 1 millionth loan. Quicken Loans employs approximately 3,700 team members and generates loan production from five web centers located in Michigan, Ohio and Arizona. The company also operates a centralized loan processing facility in Michigan as well as its San Diego-based One Reverse Mortgage unit. Quicken Loans ranked #1 in customer satisfaction among all home mortgage lenders in the United States by J.D. Power and Associates for 2010. “QuickenLoans.com” has been named “Best of the Web” by Forbes and Money magazines. The company also has been named to FORTUNE magazine’s list of the country’s “100 Best Companies To Work For” eight consecutive years, ranking as high as #2, and named in the Top-15 of Computerworld magazine’s “100 Best Places to Work In Technology” for seven years in a row. Quicken Loans ranked #1 in the Detroit Free Press’ ‘Top Workplaces of 2010’ List. The company last August moved its headquarters and 1,700 of its 3,700 full-time team members to downtown Detroit. For more information about Quicken Loans, please visit http://www.quickenloans.com.

About Fathead LLC:
Fathead LLC is the Real.Big. leading brand in sports and entertainment graphic products. Fathead products give fans the opportunity to bring their favorite passion or inspiration to life. Fathead wall graphics include Fathead Customs, Fathead Canvas and Print Murals and Fathead's flagship "Real Big:" the officially licensed life-size, high definition wall graphics of professional athletes, animated heroes, entertainment characters, team helmets and logos. Fathead maintains license agreements with leading consumer brands across many industries and professional sports leagues. For more information, visit http://www.fathead.com.

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