Call for Speculative Designs  

Emerging Designer Exhibition

The PRIMER Emerging Designer Exhibition celebrates the diversity and excellence of the speculative design practice, and aims to recognize emerging designers without borders. The award is open to speculative design, design fiction, and futuristic design projects from all disciplines.


Nominated projects will be exhibited during the PRIMER19 conference and showcased to the global design, strategy & futurist community on June 13-15, 2019, at the Parsons New School, NYC. Every nominee can apply their submission fee of $30 towards the purchase of a PRIMER2020 Student Ticket.

The top three projects will be voted by the conference attendees. The winners will receive a cash prize of $150 for 1st prize, $100 for 2nd prize, $50 for 3rd prize and highlighted via PRIMER’s social media, web, and digital communications. In addition to a discounted Student ticket for PRIMER, each winner will receive a FREE general admission ticket for next year’s PRIMER2020 conference.


This year our theme is “Futures for all”. In order to manifest futures for everyone, we need diverse perspectives and platforms that elevate more voices in discussions around where we are heading. We often fail to question who the future is created for, how it is made accessible, whose interests are promoted, and how power and agency are redistributed in its envisioning. However, these questions are hard to ask when technology is only imagined and designed by a small group of people working within the industry.

PRIMER is produced by the Design Futures Initiative, a nonprofit 501c3 organization based in San Francisco, CA. Our mission is to bring together designers, strategists, artists, scientists, and futurists to further the discourse around ethical, cultural, environmental, political and economic impact of future products and services. Since its inception, we’ve welcomed over 4000 members worldwide, hosted hundreds of events, and workshops, and organized 3 conferences. Speculative Futures chapters exist in over 12 countries and we are growing every day.


Please carefully read the Submission Guidelines below before entering the submission here


  1. One poster to illustrate your ideas

  2. Poster size: 24 inch by 36 inches, portrait

  3. Total attachment must not exceed 10 MB

  4. JPG, PDF, PNG accepted

Note: Designers are limited to 5 total submissions.


May 15, 2019

by 11:59 PM (EST): Deadline for submission

May 16, 2019

by 11:59 PM (EST): Submission fees due

May 19, 2019:

Announcement of nominations via email  

June 13-15, 2019:

Exhibition of nominated projects during PRIMER19

June 17, 2019:

Announcement of award winners


Open to all emerging designers who are currently in school or within 1 year post-graduation.


$30 for each submitted project

Please send the application fee by 11:59 PM (EST) on May 16 via PayPal to with your name and project name in the transaction note.

Note: The submission will be finished only if we receive the payment. A notification will be sent to your email after we received your payment. The process will take about 3 days, and thank you for your patience.


To be considered as a qualified submission, the work must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Only submissions via the official form will be accepted. Entries will NOT be accepted via physical delivery.

  • Entrants should not include their name or any personal pictures of themselves within the submitted work. Entries with designer identification in the work submissions will be disqualified.

  • For accepted submissions, PRIMER19 will be responsible for the setup/takedown of the works for the show. The Entrant is strongly encouraged to petticoated the event.  PRIMER 19 will provide codes to purchase PRIMER19 General Admission Tickets for June 13, 2019.

  • Submissions must not be inappropriate, libelous or defamatory, harassing, abusive, threatening, harmful, vulgar, profane, excessively violent, racially, ethnically or otherwise objectionable, or include offensive, obscene, pornographic, or sexually explicit content.

  • All submissions must be designed by the Entrant or belong to a team in which Entrant is the design lead. By entering the Show, the Entrant represents, acknowledges, and warrants that the submitted work is the work designed by the Entrant, that the work does not infringe on the copyrights, trademarks, moral rights, rights of privacy/publicity or intellectual property rights of any person or entity, and that no other party has any right, title, claim, or interest in the work. Submissions that are accepted for the exhibition that contain brand names, trademarks or company logos require permission from the company to exhibit.

  • Submissions must not involve physical harm to any person or animal. The work may not use any watermarks or artist signatures.

  • If you have any questions, please contact:


All submissions will remain the exclusive property of the Entrant. PRIMER (further defined as Sponsor and Producer respectively) will have the right to use all of the submitted work as part of the Exhibition, and all images depicted therein, in any promotion or for any non-commercial purpose. By submitting the Work, the Entrant grants the Sponsor and Producer the non-exclusive, unlimited and royalty-free rights to publish in all media now known or hereafter discovered, and publicly display all Work for an unlimited period and worldwide.