FRESH! DX has announced its 2nd annual Emerging Designer Competition

The Design Exchange (DX) and the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) Foundation announce the second annual Emerging Designer Competition (EDC), the ONLY competition of its kind in Canada, where innovative design and entrepreneurialism intersect. From digital, interior and graphic design to architecture and fashion design, this national competition seeks to provide a game-changing opportunity for emerging Canadian designers to garner recognition and exposure.


The 2016 EDC judging panel is a power-player roster of nationally renowned design and business minds: at the forefront of fashion, Andrea Lenczner & Christie Smythe of Smythe, whose jackets are famously worn by Kate Middleton and Hollywood celebrities; architecture guru Kim Herforth Nielsen, who is a co-founder of one of the world’s most forward-thinking architecture firms Copenhagen-based 3XN; business expert Jordan Banks, Facebook’s global head of Vertical Strategy; digital design mastermind Anne-Elisabeth Thibault, a manager at Moment Factory, a Montreal multimedia studio that has created outdoor light and sound environments and stage sets for Nine Inch Nails, Jay Z and Madonna; Allan Guinan, principal at Figure 3, one of Canada’s largest multi-disciplinary design firms; and Designaholic, Paul Rowan, VP of Inspiration and founding partner at Umbra.


The prestigious winner of EDC will receive a cash prize of $10,000 and will also be partnered with a curatorial mentor to develop an exhibition to be featured at DX in January 2016.


Participation is open to all Canadians across all design disciplines, between the ages of 18-35. Designers are asked to submit a digital copy of their portfolio, a copy of their CV, and two reference letters.

Pre-registration is from now until Aug. 1, 2015, and entry deadline is Aug. 15, 2015 through  


Established in 1994, Design Exchange, a not-for-profit cultural institution, is Canada’s only museum dedicated exclusively to the pursuit of design excellence and preservation of design heritage. At the crossroads of multiple disciplines, from furniture and architecture to graphics and fashion, DX exhibitions, talks and education programs are curated to reflect the popular zeitgeist and contemporary culture, while demonstrating the relevance and importance of design to everyday life. Under a renewed strategic vision that launched in March 2012, DX has hosted renowned globetrotting exhibitions from prestigious cultural institutions, including Stefan Sagmeister’s The Happy Show and Design Museum London’s Christian Louboutin retrospective, alongside its own This Is Not A Toy, guest curated by Pharrell Williams and Politics of Fashion | Fashion of Politics, guest curated by Jeanne Beker. Building design awareness and education from its downtown Toronto location in the historic Toronto Stock Exchange building, the museum attracts thousands of visitors of all ages.

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