This Student Award winner’s advice for entering? “You never know until you try.”
A headshot of Katryna Yasinski Student RGD, and her winning work
Now in her final year at MacEwan University, Katryna Yasinski Student RGD won the Forge Media Award for Logo Design in 2022 for her project, Kidlets.


Here Katryna shares about the submission process, the most exciting part of entering her work and her advice for students who are interested in submitting.


How did you choose what project(s) to enter?

I evaluated my projects by which ones I enjoyed the most and was most proud of making, and then seeing which would fit best into the competition categories.


How long did it take you to complete your submission?

It did not take long at all. Because most of my projects needed rationales composed when submitting them for class, everything was pretty much ready to go. There were just a few small edits and tweaks I wanted to make, and then they were done!


Why did you choose to enter your work in the RGD Student Awards?

As most of my design education has been online, I didn't have as many opportunities as I would have liked to share my work, and this was an awesome platform to do so.


All students who submit receive feedback on their work. Was it helpful for you to receive feedback from a design professional on your submission(s)?

Yes! This was the part I was most excited about, actually, and it was wonderful to get such thoughtful feedback.


Has winning this award been a positive experience for you?

Absolutely. It is definitely something I have added to my portfolio website, and the prize money helped me acquire an ergonomic chair for those long hours at the computer.


Do you have any advice for other students who are interested in submitting?

Just submit it! The worst that could happen is that you don't win, but you never know until you try. It is also a valuable experience thinking about how to best showcase and talk about your work — skills that you can never practice too much!



The 2023 Student Awards are open for submissions. Over $17,000 is ready to be awarded to recognize outstanding student design work in categories such as typography, packaging and more. Learn more and submit your work here.