Design Nerd Jams

Workshop Design + Facilitation

We have been hosting and facilitating Nerd Jams for years on a wide range of topics. Some of the main benefits of holding a Jam include:

  • Problem + Opportunity Framing through lens of Design Process
  • Collaborative Idea Generation + Rapid Prototyping
  • Community Insights + Collective Voice
  • Summary Reports + Documentation

Read more about Nerd Jams here.

Urban Design + Civic Engagement

Tailored Workshop Materials

Vancouver Design Nerds developed a participatory urban design game called PLAYtheBLOX. Originally designed for Business Improvement Associations in Vancouver, the game can be customized for your neighbourhood.

Learn more about PLAYtheBLOX here!

Urban Interventions

Design + Build

We love to design and build projects. Always, our built projects are the result of a series of design jams with community and involvement along the way. Examples include: Vancouver Bubble, The Nest, Strathcona Bike Rack, Gramorail, Car Park.

See our project portfolio page here.

Do you have a project that would benefit from working with our team? If you are interested in working with us, we’d LOVE to hear from you. Email vancouver at designnerds dot org and we’ll respond within 48 hours to set up a time to connect.

Street Talk… Words from our Collaborators:

The Design Nerds worked with our team to design and host a workshop on a complicated transit-related topic for the City. They poured their enthusiasm into the work to deliver a fun, flexible brainstorm that captivated the participants in a way that is unique in public engagement work. They did this with trained proficiency and with a reassurance to our team that the process would garner the results we hoped for. The workshop was a success.

Sadhu Johnston, LEED AP
Deputy City Manager, City of Vancouver

I’ve worked with few people who bring as much energy and enthusiasm to public engagement as the Design Nerds. We had over 100 participants from a broad spectrum of backgrounds. The Design Nerds effectively collaborated with our team in the design and lead-up to the event, lead the entire consultation and coordinated all group facilitators with confidence and ease. They’re outstanding at what they do.

Jacopo Miro, Member
Surrey Poverty Reduction Coalition

It was a real joy working with the Design Nerds. We tossed 150 participants at them, 11 collaborators and 2 team leads and gave them a very short time frame to design and deliver an important event for us. They delivered. They also managed under pressure with ease and humour. I will not hesitate to work with them again.

Nicole Chaland, Program Director
SFU Certificate Program for Community Economic Development

The Design Nerds are competent facilitators who are passionate about engaging communities. Last year, the team assisted us in engaging our community partners to further our Healthier Community Partnership work. The Design Nerds engaged and guided our team by assisting us in clarifying the goals and expected outcomes of the engagement exercise. 150 people attended the event, including several of Metro Vancouver’s mayor’s, community organizations and public health professionals. The Design Nerds are great at what they do and I highly recommend them for other community engagement initiatives.

Sepia Sharma
Community Health Specialist, Fraser Health

I worked with the Design Nerds recently a globally complex issue: free expression on the internet. As part of OpenMedia’s mandate to engage with the public on digital issues in-person, I trust the Design Nerds to provide inspiring presentations and compelling brainstorms that garner results that directly inform our work. In session, they are adept at holding the space for participants to respond to these sensitive issues. I would not hesitate to work with them on future OpenMedia projects.

Steve Anderson
Founder and Executive Director, OpenMedia