Explore Design ’08: The Design Education Fair for Youth

Explore Design (ED) is North America’s first Education Expo dedicated to the design discipline. Explore Design is a structured two-day event where students are provided with the information required to pursue an education, and ultimately a career in the world of design. Students interested in design will be presented with all the information needed to make an educated decision about their future in a contemporary, interactive, and experimental environment. Educational institutions, associations and professional groups will all be accessible to student attendees.

ED 2007 was visited by over 4000 focused and targeted senior secondary school students. Students attended primarily in groups organized by their secondary schools (in particular art/design teachers) from across southern Ontario and beyond. ED was also well attended by college and university students. In 2008, 5000 qualified students, parents and teachers are anticipated.

Participation is open to educational institutions, associations, professional groups, practicing design professionals, design businesses, users of design, government programsjust about anyone with an interest in design education and its graduates.

Examples of design disciplines represented in 2007 are: Animation Design; Architecture; Business of Art & Design; Display & Exhibit Design; Entertainment Design; Environmental Design; Fashion Design; Furniture Design; Game Design; Graphic Design; Industrial Design; Interior Design; Landscape Architecture & Design; Packaging Design; Photo Design; Product Design; Textile & Surface Design; Theatre Design; Toy Design; Transportation Design; and Urban Design.

Interactive experiences for attendees include workshops offered in exhibitors’ booths, installation environments, and the chance to test the latest technology. In addition, leading members of the design community will be presented in the speaker and seminar series.

In our inaugural year, the ED Speakers program presented Inder Bedi of Matt & Nat, akaSubliminal, Mark Challen of House & Home Media, HGTV’s Designer Guys, Allen Kemp of Silver & 1921 Jeans and Sandi McKibbon of CTV to name a few. Through our speakers’ series, students have the chance to gain insight from internationally recognized design professionals and design celebrities.

Explore Design takes place on Wednesday and Thursday, October 1 and 2, 2008 in Constitution Hall at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, located at 255 Front Street West. For more information, please visit www.exploredesign.ca.