RGD’s Inaugural In-House Design Awards Call for Entries is Now Open

Calling all in-house design departments! Enter a project into RGD’s In-House Design Awards for a chance to win an award and be formally recognized in a printed Awards Annual distributed to 2,500.


TORONTO (May 13, 2016) – The Association of Registered Graphic Designers (RGD) has launched the Call for Entries for its inaugural In-House Design Awards, celebrating in-house design excellence.


This program has been created to recognize the best creative work being produced by in-house design departments in companies, associations, government and other organizations or institutions.


Categories include Branding; Interactive; Print & Digital Publications; Environmental; Film & Video; Misc; Cross-Media Campaign/Program and Transformative Design.


"More and more, professionals closest to the source are developing market-leading design solutions. As a result, in-house design teams have become much more popular," explains Michael McVicar, Head of Creative & Design at Capitol One and an In-House Awards judge. With the right members, an internal team can provide consistent, on-brand and on-strategy work that’s unrivaled by outsiders. Their efforts are driven by a unique purpose – they own the work – and they’re doing it for themselves. There’s no better time for an awards program that recognizes exceptional in-house talent within both Canadian and international design communities."


Selecting the winners are 19 judges, who include Ashleigh Axios, Creative Director & Digital Strategist at The White House; Hilary Greenbaum, Director of Graphic Design at the Whitney Museum of American Art; Chris Hacker, VP of Marketing & Design & Creative Director, Consumer and Specialty, at Herman Miller; Mike Kruzeniski, Senior Director of Design at Twitter.


Project Partners include Capital One (program design and promotion), Domtar (paper), Somerset Graphics (print) and Adobe (software).


Domtar, Accessibil-IT and IIDEXCanada are offering prizes to teams who submit outstanding work in specific areas. The Award provided by Domtar includes a tour at Domtar’s Quebec or Windsor Mill as well as travel costs up to CAD $4,000 and accommodation for 2 nights. Accessibil-IT’s Award includes up to 4 free DesignThinkers registrations and travel costs up to CAD $3,000 to attend RGD's 17th annual Conference. IIDEX Canada's Award covers travel costs of up to CAD $2,000 for the winner(s) to attend IIDEXCanada 2016.


In-house design teams are encouraged to enter by June 3, 2016 to take advantage of Early-Bird rates, or by June 24 at 11:59 pm Pacific Time, the final deadline.

About The Association of Registered Graphic Designers (RGD)
RGD works to establish and promote professional standards and best practices in the graphic design industry. Representing over 3,000 members, RGD is a hub for the community, promoting knowledge sharing, continuous learning, research, advocacy and mentorship.


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