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Design Exchange Awards (DXA) 2011, Canada

Design Exchange Awards (DXA) 2011, CanadaDeadline: 30 September 2011

Open to: Designers from all disciplines and/or businesses operating in Canada are eligible to submit entries. Project entries may be built or manufactured in other countries – as long as the design team is Canadian.

The Design Exchange Awards promote excellence and recognizes the critical role of design in all types of organizations including commercial entities (large and small businesses), not-for-profit organizations, and the public sector. The Awards celebrate the success stories achieved through close partnerships between clients and designers. The DXAs are Canada’s only award program to judge design by results, balancing function, aesthetics, and economic success.

THESE AWARDS ARE DESIGNED TO
• Expand national understanding of design as an essential resource
• Demonstrate that investment in design impacts overall business success
• Celebrate effectiveness in all design disciplines
• Highlight the critical role of design in enhancing quality of life
• Reinforce the value of strong client/designer partnerships
• Promote the critical role of design in sustainability

A jury of leading business executives, designers and community leaders will select a Gold, Silver, Bronze and two Honourable Mentions in each of the thirteen categories.

Projects must have been completed between August 2009 and August 2011. Products must be in production.

PROJECT CRITERIA
You may want to address some or all of the following in your project description.

1. FUNCTION
Performance of the design solution in relation to stated objectives and user needs.

2. PROFITABILITY
Including positive financial returns, strengthening of corporate brand positioning, relationship building, cost reduction, enhancing employee satisfaction and/or improving operational efficiencies.

3. AESTHETICS
Alignment of all elements in the design solution for maximum physical, intellectual and emotional appeal.

4. INNOVATION
Ability to apply new thinking, new methods and/or new technologies to address a specific or opportunity. Ability to show added value to the profession.

5. ACCESSIBILITY AND SUSTAINABILITY
Design that makes daily life easier, safer, more comfortable and more affordable for everyone regardless of age, size, background or ability; surpasses code compliance to current legislation. Also minimal impact on the environment, reduces resources, minimizes waste, energy resource efficiency, surpasses conformance to current legislation and promotes knowledge & positive behaviours concerning environmental & social responsibilities.

CATEGORIES
You may submit as many entries as you wish in the categories outlined. However, you must complete a separate registration form and pay the registration fee for each entry. If a project falls into more than one applicable category, we encourage you to apply to the category best suited to your submission.

ARCHITECTURE – COMMERCIAL
Public and corporate structures

ARCHITECTURE – RESIDENTIAL
Private residences

ENGINEERING
Building technology, chemical, civil, electrical and computer (including software), environmental, mechanical, product, structural, transportation, new materials

APPAREL/FASHION DESIGN
Textiles, footwear, jewelry and accessories, uniforms, outerwear, safety gear, etc.

INDUSTRIAL DESIGN
Industrial products produced for industry and/or consumer products available to the public

INTERIOR DESIGN – COMMERCIAL
Retail, public and corporate interiors

INTERIOR DESIGN – RESIDENTIAL
Private interiors

INTERIOR DESIGN – TEMPORARY or PORTABLE
Set, , exhibit, showrooms and model suites

LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE
Commercial, residential and public landscapes

URBAN DESIGN
Streetscapes, Infrastructure projects, master plans, Interventions

VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS – BRAND and IDENTITY*
Marketing, way-finding, packaging, corporate identity

VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS – DIGITAL*
Websites, information graphics, online ads, interfaces, kiosks, touch-screen devices, digital magazines, email newsletters, motion design – animations, film titles, typography on screen, interstitial sequences, identity packages, etc.

VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS – PRINT*
Brochures, annual reports, packaging, printed promotional items, posters, books, periodicals (magazines, newsletters, journals, etc.), letterhead systems

*Visual Communications categories co-presented with RGD Ontario

Special Platinum Award (by Nomination)
CANADIAN COMPANY OR CEO WITH THE BEST DESIGN STRATEGY
The CEO with the Best Design Strategy will be the leader of an organization that uses design and innovation as a major component of its business strategy.

PRIZE
• Winners will be featured in an exhibition catalogue which will be distributed to professional and cultural institutions.

• Winners are featured in a major exhibition at the Design Exchange. Past exhibits have traveled across Canada and as far afield as Korea, to be shown alongside the best in international design.

• Winners are featured in press releases and in DXpress, the DX newsletter (reaching a readership of over 45,000) and will be featured in a spread in the DX program guide.

• Winners are celebrated by their peers in the Canadian design disciplines at a gala Awards Dinner – an invaluable networking opportunity for established and new designers alike. Winners are awarded a certificate and encouraged to use this prestigious standing in their marketing material.

• Winners can connect with members of the media and have their project noticed at the media launch of the DXA Exhibition.

• Winning entrants may have the opportunity to have their submission considered for accession into the Design Exchange’s Permanent Collection.

For more information, contact:
Noa Bronstein, Director, Adult Programs
416-216-2120 or 1-877-663-2102
noa@dx.org

Complete rules and application form may be downloaded from the web site:

http://www.designexchange.org/dxa/

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