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Ian Klipa and Jacob Saphier: 2021 City of Design Challenge Finalists

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Stamps alumni Ian Klipa (BFA 15) and Jacob Saphier (BFA and B.S.E.Mech 16), founders of the Detroit design stu­dio Donut Shop, have earned a spot among the final six teams in the 2021 City of Design Chal­lenge in a part­ner­ship with self-taught artist and active com­mu­nity mem­ber DaTrice Trice” Clark.

The chal­lenge encour­ages artists and pol­i­cy­mak­ers alike to develop com­mu­nity-cen­tered pub­lic ser­vices. The 2021 theme, Com­mu­nity Tech Hubs,” focuses specif­i­cally on the gaps in access to tech­nol­ogy and inter­net exposed by the COVID-19 pan­demic. Their project, Crosstown Con­nec­tion, (named in honor of the bus route that once ran the fur­thest dis­tance across the city”) is intended to serve Detroit’s Morn­ing­Side neigh­bor­hood by pro­vid­ing con­nec­tiv­ity resources.

Donut Shop is no stranger to com­pe­ti­tions and work for social good; in Sep­tem­ber of 2020 for Detroit Month of Design, Klipa and Saphier encour­aged artists to have a hand at design­ing their aptly-named Doo­dle Chairs.” Win­ner Grace Lud­mers Can­dle Doo­dle Chair design was added to Donut Shop’s per­ma­nent col­lec­tion, and the man­i­fested chair itself was auc­tioned off to ben­e­fit anti-sys­temic racism orga­ni­za­tion Detroit Will Breathe.

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