Register for the RGD's first Virtual Designathon to Work on Real Projects for Non-Profits

Students and designers are invited to register for a virtual Designathon taking place from Oct 22 to 24 to work on a project for a non-profit organization to add to your portfolio, gain experience working with a remote team and receive guidance from a seasoned design professional. 


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Participation in the Designathon is free for RGD Members ($25 for Non-Members) but we require a fully-refundable deposit from all participants to reserve a spot.  

Schedule (Oct 22-24)

Friday: Meet your team & creative director to review the brief and then meet with your client to ask questions (approx. 1 hour); Meet with participants and creative directors from all of the teams (approx. 1 hour)
Saturday: Design work, feedback session (approx. 8 hours); Optional Design Trivia game (approx. 2 hours)
Sunday: Finalization of project, client presentation (approx. 3 hours); Optional show-and-tell with other participants (approx. 1 hour)

Non-Profits and Projects

Community Futures Ontario’s 60 offices across Ontario support small and medium sized business start-ups and existing businesses in rural communities by offering business counselling, repayable loans and business training.
Project: Design social media assets to ​​reflect diversity in the organization’s marketing efforts to make all feel welcomed.
Team Leader: Amanda Boltë RGD, Creative Director, Boltë Brand + Design
Fondation Michaëlle Jean Foundation uses arts to empower underserved youth to transform lives and revitalize communities in Canada.
Project: Design a digital presentation ​​to launch the organization’s entrepreneurship program directed at young creatives (artists, cultural and creative workers) who are currently out of the academic system.
Team Leader: Meggan van Harten RGD, Partner & Strategic Leader at Design de Plume
Habitat for Humanity Peterborough & Kawartha Region mobilizes volunteers and community partners to help families build strength, stability and independence through affordable homeownership.
Project: Design a new wrap for their box truck to promote donations to their social enterprise ReStore. 
Team Leader: Scott Christie RGD, Partner, BLVD Agency Inc.
Arts Etobicoke is a community arts organization offering free arts events, classes, workshops and celebrations.
Project: Design a branding suite for their 50th Anniversary reflecting diversity and content that can be repurposed.
Team Leader: John Furneaux RGD, Principal at B3 Strategy
Inspired by Chanie’s story and Gord’s call to build a better Canada, The Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund aims to build cultural understanding and create a path toward reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people.
Project: Design a social media campaign to be used during the holiday season to encourage middle-aged Canadians to donate.
Team Leader: Raymond Cheah RGD, ​​Creative Director at CIFAR
Canadian Blood Services provides life saving products and services in transfusion and transplantation for Canadian patients.
Project: Design GIFs for their NextGen Youth Engagement portal and social media with an aim to target first time donors and a younger audience.
Team Leader: Ashlea Spitz RGD, Educator and Creative Director at Pixsoul Media Inc.
High Park Nature Centre promotes awareness and respect for nature through educational and stewardship activities. 
Project: Design graphics to add to HPNC’s brand package to be used to promote their programming via the website, emails, newsletter, social media, posters, brochures and business cards.
Team Leader: Elyssa Schmid RGD, Design Director at Schmid Grafikdesign
Open North solves community problems using data and technology.

Project: Suggest a new colour scheme for their branding to reflect inclusion, collaboration, openness and design a presentation for their target audience of municipalities. 

Team Leader: Niël Havermann RGD, Senior Digital Experience Designer at Forge Media + Design