RGD Design Educator Webinar: How do we teach true resilience in young designers?
Our panel discusses how to balance the need to deliver crafted design content with the need to build resilient and resourceful designers for an ever-changing industry.
The second in a series that aims to help educators connect, share and thrive off each other in the design and education space. This series offers tips, dialogue, critical thought and a sense of community around design education. Each webinar tackles a different topic in design academia. The webinar will be structured in the following format: The moderator will start with questions for each of the panelists, then we move to an open forum and finally take questions from the audience. The webinar will be about 1 hour in length.


We covered:

  • What does modern-day resiliency look like?
  • How do employers know they are getting a flexible, adaptable designer who can change and mold with the times?
  • Defining why we need resilient designers. Why does this matter just as much as their portfolio?
  • How do we prepare designers for complete shifts in the working experience and changes in delivery and content?
  • How do we both deliver and challenge the students to be resourceful and self sufficient? 

Also, check out other panels in this series:


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Moderated by Bianca DiPietro RGD

Bianca is a Program Coordinator & Professor at Humber College in the Graphic Design Program. She has over 10 years of experience in design, ranging from traditional branding to experiential and digital design. Currently Bianca is interested in discovering meaningful work and finding ways to uncover personal impact within the design discipline. This extends into creating engaging educational environments for her students and bringing real world experiences into the college ecosystem. She’s participated in some international initiatives that have shed light on happiness within the educational space and wishes to explore this further.





Gail Anderson

Designer, writer, and educator Gail Anderson is the chair of BFA Design and BFA Advertising at the School of Visual Arts and the creative director at Visual Arts Press at SVA. Anderson serves on the Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee for the United States Postal Service and the advisory board for Poster House, the New York City poster museum. She is the recipient of the Cooper Hewitt National Design Award for Lifetime Achievement and is an AIGA Lifetime Achievement Award winner. Anderson is co-author of 15 books on design, typography, and illustration with Steven Heller, and her work is in the collections of the Library of Congress, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, and the Milton Glaser Design Archives at the School of Visual Arts.  



Greg Dubeau RGD

Greg is freelance graphic designer who has lived and worked across Canada from coast to coast. He runs a small design studio in Halifax, Nova Scotia where he collaborates with agencies, organizations and entrepreneurs to make their businesses look and work a little bit better than they did yesterday. In the Winter of 2020, he taught at NSCAD University and is slated to teach at McKenzie College in the Fall.



Hyein Lee RGD

Hyein Lee is an engineer turned an illustrator and motion graphics designer. She gave up her big fat paycheque to pursue her dream; she is poor now, but somehow a lot happier painting friendly monsters. She exhibited her monsters all around the world including Berlin, Paris and Mexico. She has taught at OCADU and Centennial College. She is currently a professor at Sheridan College's BA Illustration program. 



Saskia van Kampen RGD
Saskia has taught graphic design at OCAD University as an Assistant Professor since 2014 and is now Assistant Professor of Visual Communication at San Francisco State University. Her research agenda is focused on developing community-based so-design projects that involve students, believing that by doing so she is supporting the next generation of designers to be socially driven in terms of accessible and inclusive design outcomes. Her research includes critical pedagogy in studio design courses, writing in the disciplines and co-design practices. Before moving to the US, she was RGD’s VP of Education and in her role, she initiated, developed and helped run RGD's nation-wide Designathon program. Since moving to San Francisco, she has joined the AIGA and works closely with the SFSU AIGA student organization. Saskia is also a contemporary feminist artist, using traditional creative practices such as needlework to deconstruct contemporary design methods and messages.


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