RGD launches In-House Design Awards in 2016

RGD will take a year off from our SoGood Design Awards to launch In-House Design Awards to celebrate design effectiveness within organizations.



This new program will recognize the best creative work being produced by in-house design departments in companies, associations, government and other organizations/institutions across Canada and around the world.


Categories will include:

- branding (incl. logo, letterhead, brand standards; identity program)

- interactive (incl. websites, apps, user interface)
- promotion (incl. social media, advertising, posters, invitations, direct mail)
- print & digital publications (includes newsletters, reports, brochures, books, ebooks, e-newsletters)

- film & video (incl. presentations, motion graphics)
- packaging
- environmental (incl. signs, wayfinding, tradeshow booths, vehicle wraps, exhibits)
- misc (incl. infographics, apparel, labels)


There will also be categories for:
- creative collaboration – where an internal creative team worked with a design firm, photographer, illustrator or other creative communications professional
- cross-media campaign/program (work across 3 or more media)

- transformative design - where a piece of communication is submitted before and after the project taken on by the in-house group

Our confirmed partners on the project are Capital One (Design & Promotion), Somerset Graphics (Print) and Domtar (Paper).


Reasons to enter

- Winners will be profiled on the RGD website and across RGD communication channels as well as in a printed Awards Annual (3,000 distributed to design and business community

- Winners will be announced and profiled at DesignThinkers 2016 (Nov. 4-5 at the Sony Centre) and be invited to accept a physical award at the event

- A select group of winners will be invited to sit on a panel on the challenges of in-house design at DesignThinkers 2016 (and receive free entry to attend the event)


Entry Fees

Early-bird rates

- $75 per entry ($60 each if entering 3 or more)

- $60 per entry for RGD Members ($40 each if entering 3 or more)

Final rates

- $95 per entry ($75 each if entering 3 or more)

- $75 per entry for RGD Members ($40 each if entering 3 or more)



Call for Entries Opens: May 1, 2016

Early-Bird Deadline: Friday, June 3, 2016

Final Deadline: Friday, June 24, 2016

For more information, email