Formerly a juried exhibition, this new Design at Work initiative will provide more opportunities to reach diverse audiences and raise awareness about design's value for business.
How it works
Each quarter, RGD will select graphic design projects from 2-4 regions that best represent how graphic design can transform and differentiate a business, create more effective communication and improve a company's visibility and recognition. Selected projects will be featured in regional Design at Work posters, which will be distributed to local businesses and public spaces in the community in addition to being featured as part of an exhibit at DesignThinkers 2015.
RGDs and Provisional RGDs who are interested are invited to post projects to their online Directory profiles. Projects* will be selected based on:
- how well they translate to the context of the poster
- their demonstration of the variety of media in which graphic design can be applied
- how strongly they represent graphic design's value for assisting local business
*Projects must be produced for clients residing within the same local region as the designer.
Initially RGD has identified 14 areas that will be considered for posters: Durham (incl. Ajax, Bowmanville, Courtice, Oshawa, Pickering, Port Perry, Uxbridge & Whitby); Guelph; Halton (incl. Burlington & Oakville); Hamilton (incl. Ancaster & Dundas); Kingston; London; Mississauga; Niagara (incl. St. Catharines, Niagara Falls, Niagara-on-the-Lake & Welland); Ottawa; Sault Ste. Marie; Simcoe (incl. Barrie, Collingwood, Nottawa, Wasaga Beach, Thunder Bay); Sudbury; Waterloo (incl. Cambridge, Kitchener & Waterloo) and York (incl. Aurora, Markham, Newmarket, Richmond Hill, Vaughan, Stouffville & King). Based on participation interest, RGD plans to develop posters for 2-4 localities per quarter.
The RGD website will have a specific URL for each region, which will be promoted on the corresponding poster. URLs will link to a page that includes:
- further details on the projects featured in the poster
- a list of all other RGDs in the region
- information on what it means to be an RGD
- guidelines / best practices for how to hire and work with a graphic designer
How to enter
- Upload project samples to your Profile in RGD's Designer Directory - be sure to indicate the client and project title for each sample in the description field
- Fill out an online entry form indicating which projects you would like to put forward for consideration
If you are selected to have your project featured in the poster for your region, RGD will contact you.
Sample Poster (click here to download a PDF):
Poster designed by Hambly & Woolley