Founded in 2004, the Vancouver Design Nerds Society (VDNS) exist to facilitate, promote and support positive social, environmental and urban transformation by providing a platform for face-to-face creative collaboration. We design, expedite and improve civic engagement processes and techniques that, through the use of dialogue, art, design, media and other creative methods, act as innovative ways to reconnect citizens with their communities and engage them with their environment.

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As a network of collaborating designers and artists, we share a desire to engage design opportunities with a spirit of creative play and to challenge the normative environment of the city. The diversity of the group enriches the design process and propels discussion far beyond the prescribed parameters of a project, revealing opportunities and unanticipated, often surprising results.

Design Nerds are active in architecture, green building, urban design, public art, graphic design, industrial design, engineering, photography, sculpture, policy, sustainability, artificial intelligence, theatre, renewable energy, fashion, dance, film, community development, etc.


The purposes of the Vancouver Design Nerds Society are to:

a) Provide space and facilities for interdisciplinary design collaboration and dialog.

b) Foster collaboration within the design community through regular organized events and the pursuit of design projects that support socially and environmentally responsive design.

c) Engage lay- and expert groups in dialog on design through newspaper, broadcast and web-based media and through participation in public exhibitions and workshops.

d) Undertake design projects that engage community and public space; all proceeds of which will be re-invested in the society to further objectives a, b and c above.


The Vancouver Design Nerds Society is comprised of a Board of Directors, a Steering Committee and Community members. Meet the current Board and Steering Committee here.