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.



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.

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 ticket for PRIMER19, each winner will receive a FREE general admission ticket for next year’s PRIMER2020 conference.


June 13-15, 2019: Exhibition of nominated projects during PRIMER19

June 17, 2019: Announcement of award winners


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.

If you have any questions, please contact: theprimerconference@gmail.com