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.
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.
Project: Design a new wrap for their box truck to promote donations to their social enterprise ReStore.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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