Membership in Design Quarter Winnipeg indicates a strong focus + leading standard in design culture, and draws attention to authentic, Winnipeg experiences. Aligning your business or events with Design Quarter Winnipeg creates diverse connections amongst our creative, local community, and is synonymous with superior quality. Members are businesses within the general area of the Exchange District, Downtown, The Forks or within walkable routes in between. Members are consumer-focused, and creatively contribute to the visitor experience. Other membership criteria includes:
A strong connection to + consideration for design/creativity
Locally owned or local non-profit
A unique offering of a product, service, or experience
Attention to detail + consistency in branding
Strong street presence
Inclusion in Design Quarter Winnipeg showcases members to a large, growing demographic of design-conscious consumers. A simple, neutral logo is installed on the windows of each participating business to indicate membership. This logo is carefully designed to not overpower member business logos while acting as a beacon of high quality design.
Members benefit from the Design Quarter Winnipeg collective marketing + branding strategies, including:
WEB: Accessible, attractive, frequently updated website with member business profiles, interactive gps map, event calendar, blog features, + more.
PRINT: Comprehensive map listing member businesses printed biannually (May + November), with distribution aid by Tourism Winnipeg , Travel Manitoba, The Exchange District BIZ, Downtown BIZ, + The Forks.
SOCIAL MEDIA: Strong, consistent presence on all major social media platforms.
PROFESSIONAL PARTNERSHIPS: Collaborative synergies among participating businesses + partners (ex. Design Quarter Winnipeg tours, access to travel media through, + additional outreach and marketing strategies by Travel Manitoba + Tourism Winnipeg, collaborations with Montreal Fashion + Design Festival, The Winnipeg Design Festival, + Border Crossings Magazine).
EVENTS: Hosted events increase visitorship to the area, contribute to a rich street culture + promote participating businesses (1-2 major events/year).
“We think the neighbourhood is best enjoyed on foot – as it contains such an eclectic mix of things to see and do. The DQW map is a great resource for residents and tourists alike, providing a curated framework from which to explore the area. It encourages visitors to engage with small businesses, discover local talent, and see the city in a new light.” - Danika Bock, Tiny Feast
“Design Quarter has become a unique way to showcase some of the foremost designers in Winnipeg. It is great to see an organization dedicated to bringing together Winnipeg’s Design Community like they do.” - Mike Delbuono, King + Bannatyne
"I am so glad that we are part of Design Quarter. Their "mixer" events certainly provide us with an opportunity to network and truly serve to benefit members". - Pulse Gallery
“We are absolutely delighted to be a part of a collective of design and experience-oriented community members. The service DQW provides has quickly become an integral element to the culture and connectivity of a passionate and dynamic Winnipeg core! We couldn’t be more excited for new opportunities and members who share our drive to redefine the Winnipeg experience.” - Bronuts Donuts
"Design Quarter does a fabulous job! The spring pop-up market was a unique and fun market model. I was so grateful to be a part of it". - Rubia Darya
"Thanks for all of your hard work. We have had people who are holding Design Quarter maps come visit, and have given them out to Winnipeggers and tourists who are thrilled to have them!" - Design Quarter Member
BECOME PART OF A CURATED, DESIGN-ORIENTED COMMUNITY.
DRIVE COLLECTIVE MARKETING + COLLABORATION.
CREATE AWARENESS OF WINNIPEG’S CREATIVE DESTINATIONS.
RECOGNIZE WINNIPEG AS A WALKABLE, DESIGN CITY.
For more information, or if you are interested in becoming a Design Quarter Winnipeg member, please contact our Executive Director by clicking below.