Founded in 2004, the Vancouver Design Nerds Society (VDNS) exist to facilitate, promote and create opportunities for face-to-face creative collaboration – through planning and hosting Nerd Jams and doing Projects.

As a network of collaborating designers and social entrepreneurs, we share a desire to engage design opportunities with a spirit of creative play, to challenge the normative environment of the city and to dive into an array of topics – from playtful to the critical and in between. The diversity of the group enriches the design process and propels discussion beyond the prescribed parameters of a project, revealing opportunities and 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.

Technically speaking, our purpose as a Society is to:

  • Provide space and facilities for interdisciplinary design collaboration and dialog.
  • Foster collaboration within the design community through regular organized events and the pursuit of design projects that support socially and environmentally responsive design.
  • Engage lay- and expert groups in dialog on design through newspaper, broadcast and web-based media and through participation in public exhibitions and workshops.
  • 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.