Sample Case Studies from the RGD Certification Process
RGD Case Studies

If you're considering becoming a Certified RGD and need to write your project case studies, it can be a daunting proposition. Rather than provide a list of tips, RGD's Certification Committee contacted some of our recent candidates and asked them to share their work so RGD could present some real-life examples.


"These pieces are from those who have successfully become Certified RGDs, and represent a range of disciplines and projects," explains Randal Boutilier, Chair of RGD's Certification Committee. "These selected case studies are a valuable tool for anyone going through the Certification Process. Not only do they reveal project details, but they also show how project visuals can be organized for a more effective evaluation by our Eligibility Review Committee."

Take a look at the following examples to get a sense of what is expected:


ASICS IdentityLaura Stein RGD

2017 For Children We Care Gala, Cole Nicks RGD

Passion Over Reason book, Ingrid Paulson RGD

TaDuler branding and app design, Joel Harding RGD

It Starts with Kids, Karen Marshall RGD

Fire & Flower Branding, Monica Martinez RGD

Ocean Bottom Soap Company eCommerce Website & Photography, Natalie McFadden RGD

LiveSportTV UI Design, Noah Ortmann RGD

Don't Drive High campaign, Timothy Jones RGD

Toronto Financial District Branding, Udo Schliemann RGD

- #MeToo and the Arts, Emilio Genovese


The case study portion of the Certification Process not only provides an opportunity to showcase a variety of your work, it is also a chance for you to reflect on your career and the work you've done so far.


"The Certification Process allowed me to look at my body of work, analyze and reflect on it, and really think about what new skills I want to grow," says Sophie Lacerte, recently Certified RGD. "The test material has made me more informed on accessibility and the RGD overall." James Bailey RGD, had this to say, "Writing six rationales was a great process. Often you finish projects and move to the next. Taking time to analyze every project using RGD criteria helps you verify that you achieved the goals of your customers and apply learnings to future work."


The experience of presenting your work in the Portfolio Presentation is also rewarding. Another candidate wrote, "The most valuable was the experience of presenting the portfolio to a jury; it was a great experience."


Click here to learn more about the Case Study requirements and the overall RGD Certification process. If you have any questions, please contact RGD's Director of Membership, Heidi Veri, at . Or attend Heidi's next virtual Information Session on March 20.