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DesignTO Symposium: Towards Inclusive Design

All submissions are due Friday, September 25, 2020 by 11:59pm EST.


photo by Daniel Barbosa, courtesy of DesignTO

The 11th annual DesignTO Festival returns in 2021!

The DesignTO Festival brings people together to celebrate contemporary design across the city January 22-31, 2021.

Join the Festival to become a part of an exiting network of creative people, exhibitions, events, and a captive audience of designers and design-lovers. In 2020, the Festival had 100+ events and exhibitions across the city with 160k+ visitors. From design talks to experimental installations to prototypes to opening parties and curated exhibitions, the Festival featured the work of over 800 artists and designers.


DesignTO Symposium: Towards Inclusive Design

How do we design for inclusion? What is the future of Inclusive Design?

There are 7.7 billion in the world today, and we are more connected than ever before. As cities continue to become more diverse in gender, race, ethnicity, religion, age, disability and sexual orientation, the need for a more inclusive environment has become undeniable. Designers have the power to address needs, improve lives, and inspire thought and innovation.

This symposium invites designers and thinkers to explore how we can design for inclusivity. How can we create great designs for the greatest number of people? How can we use our unique reality of human diversity as a resource for products, services, systems, environments and experiences that include rather than exclude? How can we continue to move beyond diversity and inclusion “lip-service” towards a tangible reality where everyone can participate in society with a sense of belonging?

We welcome multiple and varied perspectives and responses to the theme “Towards Inclusive Design”. Talks may be about current research or case studies, new products or technologies, spaces or experiences, speculative design or strategies, or new processes or policies.

Deadline: all submissions are due Friday, September 25 2020 by 11:59pm EST.

Click here to learn more and submit your work.


A note regarding COVID-19:

During this unprecedented time, we are reminded of what DesignTO is about: creativity, community, and experimentation. We have seen our community come together in inspiring ways, from making PPE and developing pandemic specific apps, to supporting local makers and retailers. DesignTO is keeping informed about the situation and will let you know of any changes to the 2021 Festival as they arise.

We look forward to a future when are able to gather again.