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Design Unseen

Deadline: September 21, 2018

Design is commonly defined as a methodical approach to the solution of a problem—yet there is no universal system for achieving a design solution. Each person has their own practice, techniques, and tools. Final products often eclipse the research, inspirations, materials, failures, and happy accidents encountered through the creative journey. This exhibition aims to expose unseen creative processes, while asserting the value of design, which are often discounted in a culture that gives precedence to the end result. It asks whether process is as critical (if not more so) than a design in its final form.

Call for submissions

We invite submissions from creatives working in the field of graphic design and communications. We are open to objects and materials expressed in 2- or 3-dimensions, digital or analog.

Submissions from existing work or realized projects are preferred; however, submissions of speculative work and projects that have not yet been realized will also be considered.

Work and projects will be exhibited during the Toronto Design Offsite Festival (TO DO), January 18–27, 2019.

All submissions must include the following:

  1. A description of the project or work (max. 300 words)—please be sure to  include the following details: project title, materials, dimensions, year;
  2. a short bio on you and/or your creative practice (max. 150 words);
  3. up to 10 images of the design process and final project (max. 2MB per image); and
  4. Your
    1. contact info (name, email, phone number, mailing address),
    2. CV, and
    3. website URL (if available).

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All submissions are due Friday, September 21, 2018 by 11:59pm EST.

How much does it cost?

There is no fee for this submission or for participating in the Graphic Design Exhibition. However, if selected, you will be responsible for arranging drop-off and pick-up of your work to the Toronto Design Offsite Festival, 1214 Queen Street West, Suite 203, Toronto. Artist’s fees will be paid to artists selected for the exhibition.

When and where is the exhibition?

The exhibition will open Friday, January 18 and run until Sunday, January 27, 2019. An opening reception will be held during Festival Week (date to be announced). The exhibition and reception will be held at the School of Design at George Brown College, Toronto. We reserve the right to modify dates if required.

What happens next?

Successful submissions will be notified by email by October 22, 2018.


Email any questions to Programs Manager Robyn Wilcox at [email protected] with this subject line: Graphic Design Exhibition + your name.

The graphic design exhibition is a new signature program of the annual Toronto Design Offsite Festival, a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing design culture. This exhibition is curated in collaboration with Lauren Wickware, and supported by George Brown College, School of Design.

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