Scottish Design Exchange Presents Young Product Designer 2018

Are you a creative individual between the age of 16 and 25? Apply to the Scottish Design Exchange competition!

To celebrate Scotland’s Year of Young People, we are inviting creative individuals between the ages of 16 and 25 to present their most innovative and exciting product design ideas to the Scottish Design Exchange.

Categories we are looking for include furniture and homeware, art, craft and gifts, health and beauty, and fashion, jewellery, and textiles. We want applicants to be as creative as possible; think outside the box and present their most innovative ideas.

The winner will receive £1000 cash towards developing their product, plus 12 months commission-free retail space to sell the winning product at the Scottish Design Exchange stores in Edinburgh and Glasgow (Buchanan Galleries store opening in Autumn 2018), plus our new online store, and support with marketing and manufacturing, The runner-up will receive £200 cash towards developing their product, plus 12 months commission-free sales on our new online store.

The competition will be judged by a panel of experts, including Jill Murphy (ThinRedLineDesign), Mike Stevenson (Thinktastic), Evelyn MacDonald (Scottish Edge), KristenHunter (Whisky Frames), Lynzi Leroy (Scottish Design Exchange, E-VR), Judith Wright(Scottish Design Exchange) and Sylvia Douglas (MsMissMrs).

We are now accepting entries for our inaugural product design competition. Aspiring applicants can find out more details and apply at

The winner and runner-up will be honoured at a launch event and awards ceremony in November (date and time TBC) in our Edinburgh flagship store. The event will be open to the public and members of the press. The event will include a drinks reception, live music, keynote speakers, an awards presentation and a showcase of winning product.

We are thrilled to be launching this inaugural product design competition in such an exciting time for young people in Scotland. We welcome entries from anyone aged16-25 (inclusive) living in Scotland starting from Monday 2nd August until Monday 5th November 2018.


The Scottish Design Exchange (SDX) is a shopping experience that offers uniquely created and affordable products and gives hard working artists, designers and craftspeople 100% of the sale proceeds. Founded by local entrepreneur Lynzi Leroy, this community interest company runs a store in Edinburgh, with another soon to follow in Glasgow’s Buchanan Galleries. It currently supports 150 contemporary Scottish based artists and designers.
The model is founded on a simple principle. Each artist/designer pays a nominal rent fora display space they then make their own – the result? A cornucopia of Inspirational products from fashion and furniture to paintings, prints, books, cards and candles. For the artists it’s a realistic route to market, experience of running a small business and a chance to earn good money The rent they pay covers the overheads of the shop and the staff wages.”

Based on two floors in Ocean Terminal, its Leith store is open seven days a week and52 weeks a year. It is a successful and profitable model which has turned over £1.1million in under three years and paid over £850,000 to artists. That means the money stays in the local economy.