2 April 2013
$10K up for grabs in DX Emerging Designer competition
"This competition occupies a special place for the DX, as it provides a platform for design in general, and the next Canadian design star, in particular, to be celebrated in the same way that other creative disciplines are—be it art or writing," said DX president Shauna Levy, in a release.
"It is time for us as a society to take design seriously, from both commercial and cultural perspectives," she said.
Entries are welcome from Canadian designers with a maximum of five years of professional experience in their sector, whether graphic, fashion, industrial, product, digital, or interactive design.
The winner will receive $10,000, and will be partnered with a "leading curatorial professional" to guide in displaying their winning work at the Design Exchange museum in January 2014. Secondary prizes of $1,000 will also be handed out, including best-of category awards.
Submissions will undergo two tiers of judging. The first round will be judged by Canadian industry members: building and industrial designer Omer Arbel, founder of Omer Arbel Architects; fashion designer Sunny Fong, the winner of Project Runway Canada season 2 and creative director at Vawk; industrial designer Patty Johnson; Philippe Meunier of multidisciplinary agency Sid Lee; and John Tong, founder of product, interior and architectural design studio +tongtong.
The second round will be judged by three "global heavyweights": Marcel Wanders, a Dutch product and interior designer; Heather Riesman, chair and chief executive officer of Indigo Books & Music; and Vancouver's Douglas Coupland, well known for his novels and essays and interest in visual and popular culture.
Participants must pre-register by September 1, 2013 at the DX website, and entries are due by September 30. Download the full brief and entry package at DX.org.
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