Creatives are encouraged to take risks, embrace uncertainty and start making at RGD's Future By Design

Panelists from the fields of product design, business and entrepreneurship connected online at RGD's latest Future By Design webcast to discuss the Maker Movement, the changing nature of creation and how creative professionals can benefit from thinking outside the box. 


On Jan 27, 2015, Co-founder of Rotman DesignWorks and Vuka Innovation Heather Fraser, Industrial Designer and Illustrator Craighton Berman and Co-founder of Kickstarter Charles Adler participated in a discussion that was broadcast to 16 screening venues across Canada. Presentations began with an overview of Craighton's journey from making to manufacturing to branding the Manual Coffeemaker, followed by Heather's take on the overlap between design and business and the role of making in the business world. Charles wrapped up the first half with an explanation of how ideas of innovation, empathy and scale informed the creation of Kickstarter.  


See insights from the event at


On Twitter:

@379_Deanne: #rgdfbd is not just for designers - this little social media specialist is learning a lot!

@rossbigelow: I'm really enjoying the different perspectives about The Future of Making #rgdfbd

@wendymill: Future by Design @EmpireLife The Future of making is an exciting place to be #rgdFBD

@QuadraArch: Thanks to Craighton, Charles, and Heather for a great session at #rgdFBD tonight!

@mtgaudet5: Great webinar about design with very interesting panelists and tons of insight! #rgdFBD #barrie

@LoganBrazeau: Really enjoyed last night's Future by Design, thanks @RGD for organizing! Great insight & encouragement to embrace our side projects. #rgdFBD

@OtownBrown: Thanks to @McMillan_Agency for hosting last night's @RGD Future of Making viewing party. My head's still buzzing with ideas. #rgdFBD



Discussion group at Actually Studio in Barrie ON


Networking at McMillan in Ottawa 


Screening at Forge Media + Design in Toronto


RGD Members are invited to view our recording of the panelists' presentations and the discussion on Vimeo. Visit the Members Only section for links and passwords. 


For more discussion from Future By Design: The Future Workplace search the hash tag #rgdFBD on Twitter.  


Our next Future By Design will explore 'The Future of Storytelling' and will be held on April 8Click here to find out more about hosting a discussion group in your city.