Volunteer of the Month for November 2017

RGD thanks Robin Honey RGD for her contributions to our community.

Robin Honey is Chief Creative Officer at Arcane. She has over thirty years of experience working with a wide variety of clients for mergers and acquisitions and brand launches for new products and companies, as well as revitalizing existing brands. Branding is her area of speciality with a subset of brand naming.


Q: How long have you been volunteering with RGD, and in what capacity?

I’ve been volunteering on and off for RGD since I joined the board in 2002. London back then really didn’t have a lot going on as far as a graphic design scene. There were only ad agencies and very few people who called themselves graphic designers, so I thought I could learn something as well as provide some value to my community. In those early days, most everyone else on the board was from Toronto and I also thought RGD needed to expand its borders to be more inclusive.


Q: What made you want to get involved with RGD?

I originally got involved because of rampant spec work requests and the frustration of not being able to speak (from an industry perspective) about why design had value. RGD has done such a great job in continuing to explain the value of our work and raising the profile of the profession.


Q: Of the RGD initiatives you have contributed to, what are you most proud of?

I’m proud to say that I was able to inform London’s public institutions that spec work was not appropriate for RFP requests. I think I also helped uphold the ethical standards that RGD has worked so hard to promote. And most of all, I'm proud of the number of designers I’ve been able to encourage and support to get their Registered Graphic Designer designation both as employees and as colleagues.


Q: What is your most memorable experience as an RGD volunteer?

There’s lots of experiences - judging the Student Awards is always so inspiring. Looking at what new designers are doing is always so great as part of my role as a Portfolio Examiner.

Q: What have you gained from being an RGD volunteer, and why would you recommend it to other Members who might be thinking of getting involved?

I’ve gained some great friendships. The collegiality of RGD is what I’d stress to anyone considering getting their designation or volunteering. As an RGD, you are part of a community that is there for you if you need help – I’m proud to have helped out in the early years and now that I am a ‘veteran’, passing along my experience and knowledge to younger designers is my way of paying it forward.


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