Originally running out of Eesmyal’s living room, Vancouver Design Nerds are an award-winning enterprising non-profit society made of collaborating designers and artists who share a desire to engage design opportunities with a spirit of creative play and to challenge the normative environment of the city. VDNS exists to facilitate, promote and support positive social, environmental and urban transformation by providing a platform for face-to-face creative collaboration. We design, expedite and improve civic engagement processes and techniques that, through the use of dialogue, art, design, media and other creative methods, act as innovative ways to reconnect citizens with their communities and engage them with their environment. Design Nerd members are active in architecture, urban design, graphic design, interior design, industrial design, engineering, fine arts, photography, sculpture, policy, sustainability, artificial intelligence, web development, theatre, renewable energy, fashion, dance, film, community development, etc.

VDNS has completed dozens of member-driven projects, and has been commissioned to create dozens of public art and design installations, as well as hosted numerous events including the City of Vancouver’s Greenest City initiative.  VDNS has also cofounded the Toronto Design NerdsStockholm Design NerdsPortland Design NerdsNanaimo Design NerdsNew York City Design Nerds,Montreal Design Nerds, and Seattle Design Nerds.