Seattle Design Foundation announces a call for proposals for its second annual grant cycle, themed Deepening Human Connection. In a day and age where new and emerging technologies and social habits lead to the fragmentation of physical & emotional connections, SDF sees the importance of a design driven critical inquiry.

How can we utilize design strategies to forge and maintain the essence of human relationships when the digital world is vying for our attention?

The organization will be looking for future-minded projects created by local creatives to address this issue with alternative answers. We encourage all mediums of design response: spaces, technologies, textiles, furniture, print, film, systems, objects, campaigns, mechanisms, or a mixture of a few. Visit Seattle Design Foundation’s website for full submission guidelines and requirements. Deadline for submissions is September 13, 2015.

Grants will be given to submitted projects that best address the theme and goals of the foundation. SDF will announce the grant winner during Seattle Design Festival on September 16th, 2015. The grand prize grant is $2,500 and will be selected by a jury panel. The popular choice grant is $500, and chosen by digital votes. SDF will work to align grantees with a mentor to help them through the creative process. The smaller grant model is meant not to support a lifestyle, but to give added momentum to an idea.

The 2015 Grant Cycle Jury Panel consists of: Jennifer Nava Milliken, curator of design at Bellevue Arts Museum; Stefani Bartz, past SDF grant winner graphic and UX designer; Rob Girling, Co-founder and Principal of Artefact Group; Tyler Engle, principal at Tyler Engle Architects and President of On The Boards; Dave Mikula, Founder and Creative Director of Friends. Nicholas Kamuda, Creative Director for Microsoft HoloLens and Windows Holographic at Microsoft, and Seattle Design Foundation board member, will moderate the submissions.


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