Callout for design submissions for downtown Vancouver's new street banners

Feb 3 2020, 1:28 pm

Every two years, the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association (DVBIA) changes its street banners perched on light poles on the main thoroughfares of the downtown peninsula.

For the change-up this spring, the DVBIA is inviting creative individuals to submit their designs for consideration. And this time, the public can provide their input on the shortlisted designs through voting.

Two street areas are being targeted for banner replacement; one area is on Hastings Street between Bute Street and Richards Street for a total of 59 banners, while the second area is on Granville Street from West Cordova Street to Drake Street for a total of 67 banners, including the Granville Entertainment District.

Each area has varying design requirements and specifications, such as the need for the banners to include the name of the area — “Granville” or “Hastings West”.

dvbia street banner map

Street banner map. (Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association)

Overall, the banner design should reflect the nature or character of the street in some way. The DVBIA has noted that the designs should be kept simple, as small details can be lost, and bright colours that provide pop and contrasting colour are qualities for an impactful design.

Anyone can submit designs for one or both streets. The deadline to submit artwork is 4 pm on February 21. The designs will then be shortlisted by the DVBIA, before public voting is held on March 10 and 12 at an activation located at the intersection of Granville Street and Hastings Street.

The winning designs will be selected by March 19, and installation will be completed by the end of May with the banners remaining in place until 2022. The winner behind the selected design will receive an award for $1,500.

For more information on the competition, click here.