By Nicola Hamilton Prov RGD, Provisional Committee Co-Chair
On June 23 RGD's Provisional Committee hosted the third Design Social event of 2015 at Toronto’s No One Writes to the Colonel with Creative Director of ClarkHuot Scott Christie RGD. The event series provides opportunities for young designers to sit down with established Registered Graphic Designers and engage in casual conversation about the industry, covering everything from industry trends to potential career paths.
The format of the event allows all attendees the chance to hear from both RGD guests, splitting the group in half to sit down for an unscripted conversation. Guests switch tables halfway through the evening to begin a new discussion with the other half of the group.
Scott Christie RGD
Scott brought 25 years of branding experience to the table. He is currently Creative Director at ClarkHuot but spent a good portion of his career building his own studios: Pylon and later Christie-Stewart. He is a past RGD Director, past ADCC President and part-time faculty member at Humber College.
Discussions with Scott centred around the business of design, going out on your own, pitching to clients and getting started. He urged recent grads to get out there and socialize with colleagues and the larger design community, emphasizing that people will remember your personality more than anything else.
When asked what excites him most about design, Scott talked about needing a challenge or a problem to solve. He shared his thoughts on Canadian branding—that there aren’t any great Canadian logos—and spoke about his love of reading, which he pointed to as the biggest positive influence on his career. Though he couldn’t remember his number one, career-changing title at the time, he later tweeted us a photo of Creating the Perfect Design Brief: How to Manage Design for Strategic Advantage by Peter L. Phillips.
Thank you to Scott for taking part in the event and sharing your experience and advice. The RGD Provisional Committee will be hosting another Toronto Design Social soon, stay tuned for details!