As an in-house designer, Creative Director at Krieger + Associates reflects on the importance of interaction with fellow creatives and how RGD's resources have helped him feel connected to the larger design industry.
As an in-house designer at a small consulting firm, generally working without the benefit of day-to-day contact with design colleagues, being an RGD is a great way to stay in touch with the opinions, approaches and experiences of other designers. Being a designer is a process of continued learning and development - while we can all take the initiative to educate ourselves, there's really no substitute for interaction with creative peers.
Through the many avenues offered by RGD such as online webinars, in-person discussions, LinkedIn forums and annual events like Creative Directions and DesignThinkers, not to mention the many resources posted on the RGD website, RGD provides access to the voices of other designers, both local and international.
Whether the focus is inspirational or practical, these channels are a great way to find out what issues are affecting our industry and gain insight into different styles and philosophies for working with clients.
Much useful wisdom can be gained from hearing fellow practitioners' stories. It's interesting to see how other designers manage their businesses and processes and how they address common design challenges. Sometimes they offer stories we can learn from and sometimes they confirm that we're on the same page and following best practices. RGD is an ideal gateway for connecting to my design community and the industry at large.
In addition, one of the most rewarding experiences I've had as an RGD has been participating as a portfolio reviewer for Creative Directions. As an opportunity to connect with students at such a critical point -- the time between their education and the start of their careers -- the responsibility of providing feedback and encouragement is extremely important. Without fail, I get as much out of the exercise as I put into it. Participating is also a great way to keep up with the current state of programs being offered at design schools - what is being taught, the types of projects being assigned and what areas of focus are being highlighted.
But more than any of these benefits, for me the primary virtue of the RGD designation lies in what it represents: a standard of quality, of professionalism and of dedication to providing valuable service, informed advice and effective design to our clients. Being a part of RGD is definitely something to be proud of.
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