Volunteer of the Month for April 2020

RGD thanks Alison Garnett RGD, Creative Director & Founder of FIELD TRIP & CO, for her contributions to the community.


Alison Garnett RGD is a Toronto-based creative professional with over 20 years of global and national design, advertising and digital experience spanning industries including automotive, retail, consumer packaged goods, professional services, telecommunications and not-for-profit. 


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

I have been volunteering for almost three years now, while serving as a Director on the Board and member of the Communications Committee. My studio has contributed to the design for the 2018/2019 Creative Earners Salary Survey and consulted on the RGD Word Newsletter redesign. I have also facilitated round table discussions and Design Social networking events


2018/2019 Creative Earners Salary Survey design assets


Q: Based on your experience volunteering with RGD, how would you describe the role of the organization in the industry? 
RGD's DesignThinkers Conference is the highlight of the year! RGD delivers on an inspirational and energizing event that makes me feel so grateful to belong to this community. The international line-up is incredible and RGD finds so many ways to involve and profile RGD Members in Toronto and Vancouver. 


Panel Discussion, DesignThinkers Conference


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?
As a founder of a creative studio (with little time for a social life), I appreciate that RGD provides opportunities to spend time with creative peers. The design community is supportive and fellow creative professionals never hesitate to share insights and advice on running a small businesses. Volunteering to the board has allowed me to connect to a diverse group of individuals, from students graduating from art college to industry mentors. Looking ahead, I hope that support from other volunteers in the community will help RGD continue to advocate to end spec work, while educating the general public on the value of graphic design.


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