RGD advocates best practices for both graphic designers and their clients. Our primary focus is on fighting spec work and crowdsourcing of design; promoting accessible design best practices; and providing best practices in the areas of salaries and billing practices, pro bono work and internships. If you have questions about RGD's advocacy efforts or would like the Association's assistance responding to a request for spec, please email Executive Director, Hilary Ashworth, at
The request for designs for Verney water tower repainting was recently brought to the Association's attention by RGD Members in Guelph.
- RGD writes to CFL after organizers ask contestants to submit original design work without compensation for its Grey Cup Ticket Design Contest.
- 30/03/2017A graphic design student from OCAD University recently contacted RGD about a spec contest in which he was asked to partake, as part of a job application process. RGD's contact with the company's director resulted in a positive outcome.
- 24/02/2017RGD was recently consulted by Members in two situations where major Canadian organizations requested original creative as part of an RFP process for the design of their annual reports.
On January 25, RGD attended a consultation meeting hosted by Toronto-area MP Adam Vaughan.