Members create outstanding projects for 12 non-profits during RGD's sixth Designathon

On Saturday, February 22 and 29, 38 emerging designers and 9 seasoned design professionals gathered in 5 cities across the country to participate in RGD's sixth Designathon.


A 12-hour event where design students and recent grads, led by a senior professional, work on real-life design projects for non-profit organizations, the Designathon is an opportunity for participants to connect, network and get real-world experience while using their expertise to contribute to a meaningful cause.


Participating cities and host studios included McKenzie College (Moncton), Digitalist (Vancouver), Design de Plume (Sudbury), Hambly & Woolley (Toronto) and Forge Media + Design (Toronto) for hosting.


Below are the projects created by the Designathon teams.


Assaulted Women’s Helpline (AWHL)

Team: Elyssa Biringer Student RGD; Rayhaneh Haghgoo Provisional RGD; Lucy Laughland Student RGD; Brandon Normoyle Provisional RGD

Mentor: Stüssy Tschudin RGD

Location: Forge Media + Design, Toronto

Brief: Identity design to target elderly men and women who have experienced or are experiencing abuse.




Team: Sidra Bokhari Student RGD; Vicky Gibson Provisional RGD; Agnieszka Kowalska Student RGD; Renata Nascimento Student RGD

Mentor: John Furneaux RGD

Location: Forge Media + Design, Toronto

Brief: Graphic / illustrative messaging for teen driver safety to be shared during National Teen Driver Safety Week.



Arab Community Center 

Team: Jack Henry Student RGD; Nicole Hart Provisional RGD; Cristiane Kaneko Provisional RGD

Mentor: Paul van Dongen RGD

Location: Forge Media + Design, Toronto

Brief: Digital presentation design for newcomers and educating visitors about their services and programs.



Friends of High Park Zoo

Team: Athul Alexander Student RGD; Benjamin Ginzberg Provisional RGD; Karilyn Xu Junior Affiliate Member

Mentor: Dominic Ayre RGD

Location: Hambly & Woolley, Toronto

Brief: Brochure for attracting tourist to visit.

Results: In progress


Jane Goodall Institute of Canada

Team: Patricia Beader Student RGD; Iman Ghader Provisional RGD; Hossai Girowal Provisional RGD

Mentor: Nicola Hamilton RGD

Location: Hambly & Woolley, Toronto

Brief: eCards as sustainable gift options that create impact; donating to a meaningful cause in honour of a loved one or a day of celebration.



Anishnawbe Health Foundation

Team: Michael Campbell Provisional RGD; Hailey Nguyen Student RGD

Mentor: Gilbert Li RGD

Location: Hambly & Woolley, Toronto

Brief: Identity Design to target Indigenous Two-Spirit and Trans Clients



Wordstock Sudbury Literary Festival

Team:  Davide Dorigo Student RGD; Madison Madison Lemieux Student RGD

Mentor: Mélissa Deschênes RGD

Location: Design de Plume, Sudbury

Brief: Festival 2020 promotional materials



Small Stage/Movement Enterprise Society

Team: Maria Alleanna Chanel Barrera Student RGD; Mark Calulo Student RGD; Evenlyn Chua Student RGD; Bhavya Grover Student RGD; Andie Kim Student RGD 

Mentor: Yasemin Cenberoglu

Location: Digitalist, Vancouver

Brief: Digital presentation design for the sponsors of winter series



Habitat for Humanity Greater Ottawa

Team: Ekaterina Castellanos Student RGD; Alina Demidova Student RGD; Yuko Fujioka Student RGD; Kylie Woo Student RGD 

Mentor: Claudio Afonso

Location: Digitalist, Vancouver

Brief: Identity design to target employees of major companies and businesses in Ottawa particularly in the construction, legal, financial and tech sectors



New Brunswick Youth Orchestra, Inc.

Team: Julia Carew Student RGD, Nakua Dralle Student RGD, Cassi Mallaley Student RGD
Mentor: Michael Roy

Location: McKenzie College, Moncton

Brief: Logo, splash screens and main character to target new audiences



United Way GenNext

Team: Glen MacLean Student RGD; Emilie Theriault Student RGD
Mentor: Brian Branch

Location: McKenzie College, Moncton

Brief: Identity design to target the young working professionals within the Greater Moncton Area



Team Codiac Soccer

Team: Angela Campbell Student RGD; Peter Kong Angela Campbell Student RGD; Nicole Gauvin Angela Campbell Student RGD

Mentor: Rich Gould

Location: McKenzie College, Moncton
Brief: Identity design to promote development programs for players and coaches of all ages from 4 years old to senior


Well done, designers!


Interested in seeing more? Click to see the results from our first Designathon, our second Designathon our third Designathon, our fourth Designathon and our fifth Designathon