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DX Announces Boundless: A Post-Secondary Challenge

ONTARIO, CANADA: Design Exchange, in partnership with the Government of Ontario, announces its 7th annual post secondary design challenge.

This provincial, post secondary design challenge seeks to explore design that is accessible to the greatest number of people, to the largest extent possible, regardless of age, ability, across all design disciplines.

The Concept

This year, students currently registered at Ontario universities and colleges studying environmental design, urban planning, graphic/interactive design, architecture, interior design, and industrial design to develop creative solutions focused on the accessible navigation of public spaces such as trails, beach access routes, parking, service counters, and fixed waiting areas, eating areas, play spaces, and paths of travel.

Submissions should be accessible to the greatest number of individuals, and entrants are asked to acknowledge the seven universal design principles, the requirements of Design of Public Spaces standards (Part 4.1) of the Integrated Accessibility Standards under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005, and encouraged to consider cost, time, and dignity. All students are invited to submit proposals for innovative projects that demonstrate how the universal design principles and compliance with mandatory requirements of the Design for Public Space standards can be applied to create complete accessibility for all.


Among the projects that can be considered: infrastructure, print and digital way-finding, shelter amenities, and physical support. Competitors are encouraged to apply themes and learning priorities specifically related to their own curriculum, making it easier for students and instructors to incorporate the competition into their current course-work.

Participation is open to all currently enrolled students studying design-focused programs (industrial, architecture, graphic, digital, interior, and landscape) and related programs (social work, occupational health, disability studies) in the undergraduate and graduate levels in Ontario in a college or university program.

Submission Requirements

  • 1.All submitted projects must be completed during the students 2018-19 course of study in an Ontario undergraduate or graduate program.
  • 2.Projects may be completed independently or as course work, and group or individual projects are eligible for entry. In the case of group projects, all members must be enrolled in a 2018-19 course of study in an Ontario undergraduate or graduate program.
  • 3.A completed competition registration form, available at
  • 4.A one-page concept statement that includes: Entrant name, mailing address, school, and Program. Text should be between 16 and 24 points, depending on selected font.
  • 5.Summary of the design concept, its objectives, and description of how the project addresses the competition theme (no less than 250 words, no more than 500 words). Text should be between 16 and 24 points, depending on selected font. Text must be separate from image.
  • 6.A minimum of three (3) or maximum of five (5) full-colour sketches or renderings of the proposal submitted as a single PDF. Please reserve one image per page. Image must have 1920×1024 resolution. No text may be included in the images.

For additional guidance, please consult Access Ability: A Practical Handbook on Accessible Graphic Design by the Registered Graphic Designers of Ontario.

Entrants are encouraged to consider making submissions accessible to members of the public who are blind or partially sighted, have mobility aids, have hearing loss, have invisible disabilities and more. Think: use of braille, tactile overlays, accessibility checker, closed-captioning, etc.

Entries must be received by midnight on April 2, 2019. Late entries will not be accepted. Design Exchange will only accept digital submissions sent to

Questions should be directed to the Competition Coordinator at

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