Virtual Communities

Virtual Communities bring RGD Members together to share knowledge, discuss experiences, propose solutions and support each other. This initiative reinforces the idea that we are not alone. We are a part of a rich community of RGDs working to improve our careers, communities and work. Each community is comprised of RGD Members working in similar areas, facing a particular set of challenges.


To express your interest in this Program, identify preferences and/or volunteer to be a Community Leader, fill out this form. Details on becoming a leader of a new RGD Virtual Community here.


Virtual Communities are open to Certified RGD, Provisional RGD and Affiliate Members.


If you have questions, email .


Firm Owners

Individuals who own a visual communication studio or agency with employees.

Community Leader: Ian Chalmers RGD

See what's been discussed here.


Municipal Designers

Visual communications professionals, be they solo graphic designers, creative team leads, managers, etc., working for municipal governments. We share our common issues, talk about possible solutions and exchange war stories as we working to make our towns and cities better.

Community Leader: Ruth Farrugia RGD

See what's been discussed here.


Designers in Post-Secondary Education (PSE)

Do you still get a kick out of seeing a small brochure you've created being used by your faculty/students? Connect with other designers to share common issues within our institutions, challenges and triumphs as we navigate through another September start-up.

Community Leader: Alan Joson RGD



Queer and trans creative professionals working to champion and elevate the work that happens at the intersection of design and 2SLGBTQIA+ identities. It is our mission to celebrate queer contributions to design while centring conversation and action around inclusion, equity and diversity within the industry. This community provides a safe space for queer and trans Members to collaborate, support and build relationships with each other.

Community Leader: Kelly Riback-Small RGD



Welcome to the Illustration group! This virtual community provides an opportunity for illustrators to share work, ideas and information in a supportive and celebratory environment, through a mutual interest in all things image-making. Join us!

Community Leader: Sebastian Abboud RGD


Solo Designers

Visual communications professionals working alone, be they freelancers, sole proprietors, or independent practitioners.

Community Leaders: Nicole Duncan RGD / Leah Gryfe RGD / Sheree Stephenson RGD

See what's been discussed recently here.


In-House Design Managers

The need for connection and continued learning is more important than ever for in-house design managers. This community is ideal for anyone managing an in-house design team who seeks a place to discuss the unique challenges and opportunities we face as leaders within our organizations.

Community Leader: Jen Cook / Paige Pennifold RGD / Deanna Tosto RGD

See what's been discussed recently here.


RGD en français

Un espace collaboratif pour les graphistes qui ont à cœur la francophonie.

A collaborative space for graphic designers who have Francophonie at heart.

Community Leader: Denis Leclerc RGD


UX Managers & Senior Designers

Welcome to the RGD UX Managers and Senior Designers Group. This virtual community is an opportunity for UX design leaders to support each other through the sharing of ideas, best practices, and questions on UX Design, UX Research, UI Engineering, Accessibility, and Design Systems.

Community Leaders: Evelyn Csiszar RGD / Magued Hanna RGD


Signage & Wayfinding Designers

Welcome to the Signage, Wayfinding Group. This virtual community provides an opportunity for designers to support each other through sharing information and ideas in regards to graphic design for the built environment. Topics include environmental design, best practices, accessibility, research, code requirements and technical questions.
Community Leader: Teo Herman RGD

Non-Profit Designers

Welcome the Non-Profit Designers group. Be part of an idea incubator for design thinkers and doers advocating for a positive change. The group will discuss a wide range of complex issues from environmental sustainability to social equity—join us and share your creative approach for social good.
Community Leader: Ray Cheah RGD

Type Designers

Welcome to the Typography Driven Group. This virtual community provides an opportunity for designers to support each other through sharing information and ideas in regards to typeface design, typography and lettering. Topics include best typeface design practices, accessibility, lettering design, typography + lettering trends and technical questions. Join us!
Community Leader: Andrea Rodriguez RGD


BIPOC Designers

A community for RGD members who identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and/or People of Colour) to connect, share experiences, provide resources, and support one another. Our goal is to uplift under-represented voices and provide a brave space for those who may not have found it in traditional spaces. 
Community Leaders: Alan Joson RGD