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Press kit - Press release - Design Exchange National Awards Competition now open for project submission - Design Exchange, Canada's Design Museum

Design Exchange National Awards Competition now open for project submission

Toronto, Canada

Design Exchange, Canada's Design Museum

Toronto, Canada, 2011-06-13 -

The Design Exchange (DX), Canada’s National Design Centre and Museum is calling all designers and business’ across Canada to submit their projects for the Design Exchange Awards. In its 20th year, the annual awards ceremony is Canada’s premiere design competition that calls for both national and international design works by Canadians to be submitted for industry recognition. Early-bird submission is July 4, 2011 with final submission deadline on September 30, 2011.


Winners will be announced in a gala event on November 22 and showcased in a major exhibition at the DX attended by approximately 25,000 visitors each year. Winners will also be featured in a special 20th anniversary catalogue to be distributed to prime institutions around the world. The best in show will be listed in their 2012 DX Program Guide and considered for accession into the DX Permanent Collection. 

The Design Exchange Awards (DXA’s) promote Canadian design excellence and recognize the critical role of design in all types of organizations including commercial entities, not-for-profit organizations and the public sector. The Awards celebrate the success stories achieved through close partnerships between clients and designers. Renowned design leaders judge winners by results balancing function, aesthetics and economic success. For more information visit www.dx.org/dxa 

The competition is open to the following 
14 categories:

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, theatre, 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
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. 

Sponsor:
RP Graphics Group 

About The Design Exchange: 
The Design Exchange (DX) is Canada's design centre and museum with a mission to promote the value of design. We are an internationally recognized non-profit educational organization committed to promoting greater awareness of design as well as the indispensable role it plays in fostering economic growth and cultural vitality. We build bridges by improving communication between various design disciplines, educators, businesses and the general public through programs, exhibits, lectures, and workshops. www.dx.org 

Information for entrants
Website: www.dx.org/dxa
Early-Bird Submission: July 4, 2011
Submission Deadline: September 30, 2011
Contact: Noa Bronstein, noa@dx.org, 416-216-2120 

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