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About

DesignTO is a non-profit arts and culture organization that believes design can create a sustainable, just, and joyful world. DesignTO organizes the annual DesignTO Festival, celebrating its 15th birthday in January 2025. It is Canada’s largest celebration of design, forming Toronto’s design week. 

For 10 days every January, Toronto buzzes with energy and innovation. The DesignTO Festival celebrates design as a multidisciplinary form of creative thinking and making. People from near and far come to explore, learn, and get inspired through architectural tours, craft and design exhibitions, window installations, thought-provoking talks, and other unique experiences. Last year, the Festival featured 500+ artists and designers, drew over 172,000 visitors, and generated $31.4 million for the local economy, highlighting its vital role in the community. Since 2011, we have welcomed over 1 million visitors, showcased the work of over 6,500 artists and designers, and reached over 2 billion people through print and digital media. 

But it doesn’t stop there. DesignTO keeps its creativity flowing all year long. DesignTO Talks, DesignTO Tours, DesignTO Youth, and exclusive Members Events offer ongoing opportunities to engage with design. We’re committed to making design accessible to everyone, proudly reflecting Toronto’s diversity with 83% of our team and 62% of our visitors identifying as part of equity-deserving groups.

Innovation is in our DNA. We love taking creative risks and pushing boundaries. Through strategic partnerships and forward-thinking programs, we’re building a future where design enriches lives and neighbourhoods.

At DesignTO, everyone is welcome. Whether you’re a seasoned designer, a curious newcomer, a design lover, or a potential collaborator, we provide a platform to dive deep into design, engage with vibrant communities, and help reimagine tomorrow. Join us as we explore new areas, celebrate creativity, and redefine what design means for our city and beyond. Whether at the DesignTO Festival or through our year-round events, be part of a movement that celebrates the transformative power of design.

In January 2024, the Festival featured 500+ artists and designers, and welcomed 170K+ visitors.

Purpose

We bring people together to design a better future.

Mission

We curate exhibitions, presentations and educational programming to increase the public’s knowledge and appreciation of design and its role in creating a sustainable, just and joyful world.

Vision

Through our public programming, embolden all Canadians to participate in designing a future where people and the planet are thriving again.