Creative Directions virtually brings together over 200 creatives
In the midst of physical distancing, the RGD's virtual Creative Directions Conference brought together creatives from across North America on April 27, 29 and May 1.


With the goal of inspiring, educating and supporting design students and recent grads, the Conference offered sessions on important topics such as getting a job in the industry and how to approach business finances and pricing.


Day 1 of Creative Directions featured a keynote by Meg Lewis; Meg encouraged attendees to find their own personal, unique brand as a way to make their mark in the design world. Talks throughout the day honed in on crafting a portfolio, how design can build a better world and what brand designers know.


On Day 2, attendees kicked off the day with a keynote from Zipeng Zhu. Zipeng advocated for the powerful practices of self-love and self-expression. Talks throughout the day focused on the best ways to find a job, everything design school doesn't teach you and what digital designers know.


The final day of Creative Directions greeted attendees with a keynote by Brian Collins. Brian talked about the complex nature of brands, how they're evolving and what we can expect from brands in the future. The rest of the day's talks delved into what employers are looking for in a new hire, the ins and outs of pricing and what solo designers know.


Conferences are a great way to form new connections, and no exception was made for this virtual event. Attendees were able to talk and ask questions all week over a special Slack workspace.


Creative Directions also offered virtual portfolio reviews for those interested in receiving feedback on their work from seasoned professionals.


Attendees and speakers were invited to share their thoughts and ideas on the Conference via Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #rgdCD. A few highlights are:


A screenshot of an interaction on Twitter between Kathleen Scott RGD and Brian Collins.


A screenshot of an Instagram post about a McKenzie College student attending the Conference.


A screenshot of a tweet by Julian Brown RGD about Jay Grandin, a Conference speaker.


An Instagram post by Jonathan Collie Provisional RGD about his takeaways from Brian Collin\'s presentation.


Thank you to our speakers, emcees and attendees!


Thank you as well to Depositphotos for sponsoring the Trajectory stream of Creative Directions.

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RGD Members have access to recordings of the talks in the Members Only section. Click here to learn more about becoming an RGD Member.