Detroit Month of Design 2021 Highlights

An extensive roster of exhilarating events across the Motor City this September

In December 2015, Detroit became the first UNESCO-designated city of design in the United States. The honor recognizes metropolitan areas with a defined design heritage (often pertaining to an influential industry or built environment) and an active contemporary culture that continues to nurture artisans and designers. Six years later, Detroit remains the only certified design city in America—and extensive, exhilarating events like Detroit Month of Design explain …

Illustrator Samuel Luke Explores Gender Through Autobiographical Comics

With cosmic illustrations, this Australian artist delves into identity, tomboyhood and the trans experience for himself and an audience of all ages

When Samuel Luke Beatty began his Fine Arts degree at the University of New South Wales in 2014, his work consisted almost entirely of the same self-portrait: a close-cropped drawing of his head and shoulders, repeated ad infinitum through a myriad of media. But in the years since, this self-depiction has taken on a far more intimate quality. Beatty, now working as a freelance illustrator and …

Premiere: “Survive” by Toni Sancho

A beautiful bop about perseverance from the London-based songwriter

From London-based recording artist Toni Sancho, “Survive” is an honest, emotional ode to self-support—an endearing call to action that’s impossible to ignore, a commitment to perseverance in the face of untold challenge. With the track, Sancho’s belief drives her precise poeticism; her melody is the sugar that sweetens the restorative tone. Raised in North Greenwich, England, Sancho then spent years in Trinidad on her path …