Design Exchange is excited to announce the finalists for the 2015 Emerging Designer Compeititon's Cosentino People’s Choice Award! 

Visit Facebook to "Like" your favourite finalist to cast a vote. Please visit the designer's website to see more of his/her work. Voting is open until November 28, 2015.


The Emerging Designer Competition, where innovative design and entrepreneurial flair intersect in the most attractive way – and the only competition of its kind in Canada – is now accepting submissions!

From digital, interior and graphic design to architecture and fashion design, the national competition seeks to provide an electrifying opportunity for developing Canadian talent to garner recognition and exposure while celebrating diverse disciplines of design in Canada.

Unlike any judging team seen in Canada, the 2015 Emerging Designer Competition jury 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, a co-founder of Copenhagen's 3XN, one of the world's most forward-thinking architecture firms; Facebook’s Jordan Banks, Global Head of Vertical Strategy; digital design mastermind Anne-Elisabeth Thibault, a producer at Montreal's Moment Factory, a multimedia studio that has created outstanding outdoor light and sound environments and dynamic stage sets for Nine Inch Nails, Jay Z and Madonna; Designlines editor Tory Healy; Allan Guinan, principal at Figure3, one of Canada’s largest multi-disciplinary design firms; designaholic Paul Rowan, Vice-President of Inspiration and founding partner at Umbra; and Frontier founder and creative director Paddy Harrington. 

Submit your portfolio of realized and soon-to-be-completed projects. Have your work juried by a star-studded jury of Canadian and international design, culture, and business leaders – and exhibit your work at Canada's design museum! Plus, win $10,000. 

"Winning the DX’s Emerging Designer Competition will allow me to invest in my own ideas and bring them into production. With the financial support of RBC Foundation, my ideas will come to reality and with the Design Exchange as a platform, in which to showcase these ideas, I can take the next step in my career as a designer and producer." – EDC 2014 Winner, Lukas Peet

For queries, contact: 416.216.2138 (toll free 1.855.216.2138) or emerging@dx.org

The 2015 Jurors include:

To see the 2013-14 winners and competition details, click here.

Clarification Regarding the Terms of the Emerging Designer Competition

Design Exchange would like to issue the following clarification regarding the terms and conditions of the Emerging Designer Competition:

Neither Design Exchange nor our funding partner RBC will ever sell an entrant's submitted work for profit without providing notice to the entrant, obtaining permission from the entrant, and, if permitted by the entrant, providing any mutually agreed upon compensation to the entrant.

However, submitted entries may be used in connection with promotional activities, including promotion of the Emerging Designer Competition, or for soliciting and obtaining donations so that Design Exchange may continue to pursue its charitable purposes.

Design Exchange genuinely appreciates any comments and feedback with respect to its programs and activities.

Please contact us with questions or comments at education@dx.org or 416.216.2138.