- Identify and advise opportunities for RGD to expand and develop its programs and services for students, recent grads and design educators
- Identify and advise on opportunities for RGD to increase its exposure to students, recent grads and design educators
- Identity and advise on opportunities for RGD to help increase standards of knowledge, skill, professional conduct and ethics for all graphic designers and design educators.
RGD is recognizing faculty who have made outstanding contributions to student development and pedagogical research. We bestowed the Award on 2 recipients for 2018.
This annual program, RGD's oldest, distributes cash prizes, supported by industry partners, in recognition of Student Excellence. The program has distributed over $200,000 to date.
RGD works with post-secondary institutions across Canada to offer Student Membership for students enrolled in graphic design and related programs as well as custom programs and services for their students.
RGD works to ensure access to RGD programs such as DesignThinkers with the assistance of industry partners who provide funding to assist students and recent graduates who apply. For DesignThinkers 2018, RGD distributed five $500 Scholarships for DesignThinkers in Vancouver and six $500 Scholarships for DesignThinkers in Toronto.
Chair: Faron Dawe RGD, Moncton
With 20 years of experience as a professional graphic designer, Faron has worked with clients from a variety of sectors, providing solutions in visual identity, print, user interface design for web and more. During his tenure as Lead Instructor of the Graphic Design diploma program at McKenzie College, he strived to pass his experience and expertise onto the next generation of designers, mentoring and directing them in a classroom studio environment.
Daniela Buitrago Provisional RGD, VancouverDaniela has a B.Des in Communication Design from Emily Carr University, where she was the creative director of Woo publication for two years. She is currently finishing a diploma in Art History at UBC and is the lead graphic designer for the Undergraduate Journal of Art history and Visual culture. For the last three years, Daniela has worked as an in-house designer and freelancer in Vancouver. Her work spans editorial, branding and web design.
Bianca DiPietro RGD, Toronto
Bianca is a Program Coordinator & Professor at Humber College in the Graphic Design Program. She has over 10 years experience in the field of design that ranges from traditional branding to experimental and digital design. Currently, Bianca is specifically interested in discovering meaningful work and finding ways to uncover personal impact within the design discipline. This extends into creating engaging educational environments for her students and bringing real world experiences into the college ecosystem. She has participated in some international initiatives that have shed some light on happiness within the educational space and wishes to explore this further.
Patrick Foster RGD, North Vancouver
Patrick is a designer and a professor of graphic design at Vancouver Island University. He's been a graphic designer for over 20 years, and his current practice and research is focused on commercial electronic publishing. Foster has a BFA in Communication Design from New Mexico Highlands University, and a Master of Design from NSCAD University.
Gillian Harvey, Affiliate Member, Edmonton
Gillian is an Assistant Professor in Design Studies, Department of Art & Design at the University of Alberta, where she teaches undergraduate students design theory, practice and research. Gillian’s work as a partner and studio owner over the last 15 years has included a diverse set of private and public sector clients. Her research focuses on information design, design for decision making and wayfinding and signage.
Hyein Lee RGD, Toronto
Hyein is an engineer turned illustrator and motion graphics designer. She gave up her big fat pay cheque to pursue her dream; she is poor now, but somehow a lot happier painting friendly monsters. She has exhibited her monsters all over the world including in Berlin, Paris and Mexico. She has taught at OCADU and Centennial College. She is currently a professor in Sheridan College's BA Illustration program.
Tomomi Lo RGD, Markham
Tomomi is an Art Director at Richard Robbins International Inc. (RRI), a business coaching and events organization for real estate professionals. She oversees all design work from web, print and event spaces as well as designing custom marketing tools for RRI clients. Recently becoming RGD certified, continuing her education in design and helping young designers strive has become a strong passion of hers.
Amelia Nash Provisional RGD, Edmonton
With over 8 years of varied design experience, Amelia is a professional graphic designer and brand strategist that focuses on building cohesive brands for businesses and individuals. Currently working as a freelance designer for her business, Amelia Nash Design, her passion lies in helping businesses rebrand — getting clear on their messaging, their values and creating all the visual elements to communicate effectively. Having graduated from the University of Alberta with a BDes specializing in business and marketing, Amelia is a proud Provisional RGD and loves collaborating with enthusiastic people to create magical brand experiences. She’s also a big fan of sushi, all-dressed chips and adventures, in no particular order.
Richard Plantt RGD, London
Richard is a Senior User Experience Designer at SchoolBundle, a scalable, unified communication platform geared toward the K-12 education market. Richard’s expertise includes a user-focused approach to design with an emphasis on creating digital experiences that are easy and delightful to use. He is also involved with the Hope for Rural Children and Orphans (HORCO), a charity aimed at clean water, sanitation, education and HIV/AIDS awareness projects in developing nations.
Ania Shichkova Provisional RGD, Toronto
Ania is a highly creative and multi-talented graphic designer with extensive experience in editorial design, multimedia design, and advertisement. Ania works as the In-House Graphic Designer for Urban Strategies, a global urban design and planning consultancy based company in Toronto, and she aspires to be a professor in the future. She has 4+ years of experience in the management of the complete design process, from conceptualization to delivery. She is a higher education advocate and is currently a design mentor for George Brown College.
Ryanne Spies RGD, Kitchener
Ryanne is the coordinator and full-time professor of the Bachelor of Design program at Conestoga College. Her main teaching focus in BDes are Studio courses, which integrate learning and theories from concurrent courses throughout each semester, as well as implementing pedagogy that scofoldes throughout the four-year program. Ryanne has been teaching at Conestoga College since 2008 and has been an RGD member since 2006.
Elisabeth Springate, Affiliate Member, Toronto
Elisabeth is a freelance Graphic Designer with an M.A. in Communications. She lectures in Digital Media, Writing, and Pop Culture at Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT). She has authored and delivered courses in Design Fundamentals and Typography, as well as industry-standard design software for a range of learners at OCADu. From 1999 to 2010, she co-taught Creative Writing at York University's Joseph Atkinson College - among some of the earliest online courses - addressing the challenges of web-based learning within the rapid advance of web authoring tools and platforms.
Diana Varma RGD, Markham
Diana is a lecturer and columnist by day, and an avid podcaster by night. She teaches within the School of Graphic Communications Management (GCM), as well as the Master of Digital Media (MDM) Program at Ryerson University. She teaches in the areas of design, typography, print management, book publishing and interdisciplinary innovation. Diana writes a monthly column in Graphic Arts Magazine. She also writes, hosts and produces a podcast called Talk Paper Scissors, focused on design and printing, typography and branding, books and publishing.
Michelle Wiebe RGD, Victoria
Michelle is an Assistant Professor of Art Education at the University of Victoria. Prior to joining the faculty at UVic she taught Graphic Design in Toronto, Ontario. Currently, her primary research foci are design education, creativity, design thinking and self-assessment. She is also a producing artist in watercolour and acrylic and is a Registered Graphic Designer.Valérie Yobé RGD, GatineauValérie is a doctor in semiology, an associate professor-researcher of graphic design at l’École multidisciplinaire de l’image (ÉMI) - University of Quebec in Outaouais (UQO) and a member of La Plateforme Socialdesign in France. She started her career in advertising in Paris, and later developed a practice focused on social and cultural aspects of graphic design in Quebec. In 2014, she founded la tribu grafik, a non-profit organization. la tribu grafik conceptualizes, researches and produces innovative projects that decompartmentalize design practises and redefine the uses of design.
Kristianna Zukowski Student RGD, Kitchener
Kristianna is a second year Graphic Design student in the Graphic Design Advanced Diploma Program at Conestoga College. She is a versatile artist with a love for nature and eco-friendly design. Her work focuses on passion and storytelling. Kristianna enjoys dark aesthetics and the strange and unusual. She is a talented illustrator and photographer with a wild imagination.
Presented by Faron Dawe RGD; VP of Education, Committee Chair at RGD's AGM on April 18, 2020
As the future of our profession, students are imperative in our efforts to raise professional and ethical standards in our industry and subsequently, increase awareness of RGD and the RGD designation. However, last year we re-visited the mandate to be more inclusive of educators—to create platforms for career development and collaboration.
The primary mandate of the Education Committee now is to develop programs and services by which students, educators and practitioners may enhance and/or share their knowledge, skill and effectiveness as graphic designers.
I am happy to report that our Committee has sustained in size, with 14 Members.
- Kris Atterbury RGD (just joined last week)
- Daniela Buitrago Prov. RGD
- Bianca DiPietro RGD
- Paul Van Dongen RGD
- Gillian Harvey
- Jessica Kumornik Prov. RGD
- Hyein Lee RGD
- Tomomi Lo RGD
- Derrick Oduro Prov. RGD
- Richard Plantt RGD
- Ania Shichkova Prov. RGD
- Ryanne Spies RGD
- Elisabeth Springate
- Ashley Tomlinson Prov. RGD
- Michelle Wiebe RGD
- Rebecca Black Prov. RGD
- Randal Boutilier RGD
- Donna Braggins RGD
- Sean Grant RGD
- Kyle Greenwood RGD
- Eunice Joaquin
- Naila Medjidova Prov. RGD
- Jane Vita Costa
I would also like to thank past VP of Education, Saskia van Kampen RGD for her commitment to and passion for RGD and the initiatives of the Education Committee.
Currently Student Membership is $40 annually (with a dues increase from $30 to $40 in 2018). Despite this, our numbers for Student Members remain fairly steady, currently at 2,282 compared to 2,450 in April 2019. This includes our Automatic Student Membership Program which has the partici-pay-tion of 21 programs across Canada. We are presently reviewing and revising RGD communications to students that articulate the value of their Student Memberships and which media avenues to pursue.
RGD Designathons are 12-hour design challenges where design students and recent grads work in teams on real-life design projects for non-profit organizations with senior designers acting as mentors to each team.
Since the last AGM, we have held 3 Designathon events on September 28, 2019 and again on February 22 & 28, 2020.
Teams worked on projects in Moncton, Sudbury, Toronto and Vancouver, spanning 7 studio locations, with participation from over 70 students and mentors! 17 non-profits were involved including: BC Children's Hospital Foundation, Habitat for Humanity Greater Ottawa, Jane Goodall Institute of Canada and New Brunswick Youth Orchestra, to name a few.
A presentation was created by Daniela Buitrago of the completed work from the Designathon projects. Kyle Greenwood worked on vetting the non-profit applications for each Designathon. We would like to thank both Daniela and Kyle for that.
Plans to host the next Designathon event in June 2020 have been halted, due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.
RGD has been organizing an annual Student Awards since 1998 and has distributed $320,000 in cash in recognition of student excellence. The success of this program relies on the many sponsors who contribute our $1,000 cash prizes and assist with the judging. The 2019 Student Awards received 400 more submissions than last year, with a grand total of 973 submissions from 462 students attending 34 schools across Canada.
The Students’ work was reviewed by 77 judges who identified 28 Student winners with 82 honourable mentions and approx. 70 finalists. All finalists received invaluable written feedback from the judges in their respective category.
Tomomi Lo and Kyle Greenwood created a slide presentation of all winners that was showcased at DesignThinkers TO 2019. Thank you!
This year’s Student Awards deadline is extended to June 8 with 22 confirmed sponsors: .design, 52 Pick-up, Bell Media, BOLD, Domtar, Entro, Forge Media + Design, Goods & Services, Gravity Inc, Greenmelon, Haft2, Milestone Integrated, q30, Pivot, Polyester Studio, Premise, Quarry, Shikatani Lacroix, The Works Design Communications, Tony Jurgilas, Zulu Alpha Kilo and Zync.
RGD will notify the winners in September 2020 and we are inviting students to submit to get profiled on RGD channels.
2020 will be the third year that RGD awards Provisional RGD Memberships to top graduating graphic design students from each participating RGD automatic enrollment program. The recipient is chosen and awarded by the program chair or faculty and RGD Members will be announcing winners of the Awards through the individual school’s and RGD’s communications channels over the next month.
On a related topic, we are showcasing any virtual grad shows that we are informed of on our website and in our email newsletter.
Design Educator Award
RGD and GDC invited our professional Members to nominate educators who had made outstanding contributions to student development and research. Members of RGD's Education Committee reviewed the submissions and selected our 2020 winner for Western Canada.
The Winner of our 2020 Design Educator Award of Excellence for Western Canada is Aidan Rowe CGD. Aidan is an Associate Professor, Design Studies and Coordinator of Art & Design Fundamentals at the University of Alberta. Aidan will be presented with his Award at DesignThinkers 2020 in Vancouver where he will also present a Lightning Talk. Congratulations Aidan.
We are now accepting Nominations for the 2020 Design Educator Award for Eastern Canada. The deadline is June 26. The Call for Nominations for the 2021 Design Educator Award for Western Canada will open in December 2020.
To support the attendance of emerging designers at our DesignThinkers Conferences, RGD partners with industry to offer cash Scholarships and free registration to Student and Provisional Members. We received almost 40 entries in 2019 - the most we've ever received!
For DesignThinkers 2019 TO, RGD awarded 7 Scholarships in total, 1 Provisional RGD and 6 Student RGDs with $500 Cash Scholarships and free tickets to the Conference. Additionally, we distributed 3 Provisional RGDs and 4 Student RGDs with free tickets.
For DesignThinkers 2019 in Vancouver, 5 Student RGDs received $500 and free tickets and 1 additional Student RGD received a free ticket.
For Toronto: Cosmic Design, Davis, Design de Plume, Fusion Design Group, Hambly & Woolley, Redpath Mining Contractors and Engineers, and Pound & Grain.
For Vancouver: One Twenty Three West (2 Scholarships), Pound & Grain, Twice and Will Creative.
For DesignThinkers 2020 Vancouver, there were 6 Scholarships provided by Cap Watkins (2 Scholarships), Pound & Grain, 123w (2 Scholarships) and Will Creative. There were 25 Scholarship entries, from Student, Provisional and Junior Affiliate RGDs Members. We will be announcing the results next week.
For DesignThinkers 2020, we are asking our Toronto Scholarship sponsors to become supporters of our new UltraBold Awards, which we hope to present at DesignThinkers 2020 TO in November.
Initiatives/Benefits for Educators
A goal of the Education Committee in 2019/20 was to increase Membership of educators at the Affiliate and Certified levels. It was important to the Committee that we communicate the benefits for educators who become RGD Members, as well as the benefits of Student Memberships to their students.
Education Sessions at DesignThinkers Toronto
The Education Sessions at DesignThinkers was an open call to educators and graduate students to present their research, pedagogical strategies, or case studies to interested attendees. Active partici-pay-tion in conferences is a requirement of faculty at most academic institutions and tends to be costly in terms of conference fees and travel (many conferences happen internationally). We received 15 submissions and selected 5 educators to present.
Each day of DesignThinkers TO 2019 had one session devoted to education. The sessions were titled “Explorations in Design Education” and hosted talks from educators Glen Hougan, Isabel Meirelles, Rebeca Méndez, Karin von Ompteda & Nancy Wynn.
For 2019/20, a Committee goal was to review and revise communication to students articulating the value of Student Membership, to review RGD communications strategies for reaching students and develop a plan moving forward.
To do so, a sub-committee was formed to revisit current communication to students and develop new and updated materials, as required. The student presentation was revamped and a student toolkit was developed to be made accessible by faculty members. I would like to acknowledge Naila Medjidova for creating the motion graphics that were added to the presentation, which is shown to many school groups promoting Student RGD Memberships.
It is also important to acknowledge that the sub-committee completed much of the work in developing a new Awards Program for emerging designers, now titled Ultrabold Awards, which will be later reported on by our President. Richard Plantt spearheaded this sub committee with great contribution from Elisabeth Springate.
In conclusion, It is an honour to be Chair of the Education Committee. This has given me an opportunity to meet, connect with and learn from other professionals who strive to progress the RGD organization and design education across the board. Thank you.
Presented by Saskia van Kampen RGD, VP of Education, at the Annual Meeting April 29, 2019
As the future of our profession, students are imperative in our efforts to raise professional and ethical standards in our industry and subsequently, increase awareness of RGD and the RGD designation. However, last year we revisited the mandate to be more inclusive of educators—to creating platforms for career development and collaboration. The primary mandate of the Education Committee now is to develop programs and services by which students, educators and practitioners may enhance and/or share their knowledge, skill and effectiveness as graphic designers.
I am excited to say that the Education Committee is no longer the smallest Committee in terms of Membership. Our team has grown to 16 and I would like to thank them all for an exciting and fulfilling year. Thanks goes to RGDs Nadine Arsenault, Kyle Greenwood, Randal Boutilier, Paul van Dongen, Donna Braggins, Sean Grant, Michelle Wiebe, Tomomi Lo, Ryanne Spies, Richard Plantt, Affiliate Members Gillian Harvey and Faron Dawe and Provisional RGDs Daniela Buitrago, Antonia Goga and Eunice Joaquin for your commitment to RGD and work on the Committee
Automatic Student Membership Program
Individual Student Membership dues increased in September 2018 from $30 to $40. Despite this, our numbers for Student Members increased from 2,100 in April 2018 to 2,450 today, this is largely through our Automatic Student Membership Program which has the participation of 19 schools, including 4 outside of Ontario. We are presently reviewing and revising RGD communications to students that articulate the value of their Student Memberships and which media avenues to pursue.
RGD Grad Show Student Award
2019 will be the second year that RGD awards a 2 years Provisional RGD Membership to a graduating student from each participating RGD automatic enrollment program. The recipient is chosen and awarded by the program chair or faculty and RGD Members will be presenting the Awards at grad shows across Canada over the next month.
To support the attendance of emerging designers at our DesignThinkers Conferences, RGD partners with industry to offer cash Scholarships and free registration to Student and Provisional Members. For DesignThinkers 2018 TO, RGD awarded 2 Provisional RGDs, 1 Junior Affiliate and 3 Student RGDs with $500 Cash Scholarships and free tickets to the Conference. Additionally, we distributed 1 Provisional RGD and 5 Student RGDs with free tickets. For DesignThinkers 2019 in Vancouver, 5 Student RGDs received $500 and free tickets and 1 additional Student RGD received a free ticket. Thank you to all of our Scholarship Sponsors. In Toronto: Arcane, Blue Ant Media, Davis, Design de Plume, Fusion Design Group and Pound & Grain. In Vancouver: One Twenty Three West (2 Scholarships), Pound & Grain, Twice and Will Creative. We are currently working to recruit sponsors for Scholarships for DesignThinkers 2019 Toronto.
RGD has been organizing an annual Student Awards since 1998 and has distributed $308,000 in cash in recognition of student excellence. The success of this program relies on the many sponsors who contribute our $1,000 cash prizes and assist with the judging. The 2018 Student Awards saw 560 entries from students attending 32 schools across Canada. The Students’ work was reviewed by 63 judges who identified 25 Student winners with 47 honourable mentions and approx. 75 finalists. All finalists received invaluable written feedback from the judges in their respective category. This year’s Student Awards deadline is May 10 with 22 confirmed sponsors: .design, 52 Pick-up, BOLD, Clear Space, Entro, Forge Media + Design, Goods & Services, Gravity Inc, Greenmelon, john st, lg2, Pivot Design Group, Premise, Quarry, q30, Shikatani Lacroix, Tony Jurgilas, The Workhouse, The Works Design, Zulu Alpha Kilo and Zync. Additionally, the Committee thanks Committee Member & RGD Treasurer Randal Boutilier for overseeing a rebrand of the Student Awards Program by his firm his firm, 12Thirteen, this year.
Education Sessions at DesignThinkers Toronto.
The Education Sessions at DesignThinkers is an open call to educators and graduate students to present their research, pedagogical strategies, or case studies to interested attendees. Each day of DesignThinkers will have one session devoted to education. To help draw interest we have secured Rebeca Mendez to speak at the first session and are looking for another speaker to anchor the second session. The importance of this program is to support designers working in academic realms to have a platform for dissemination of research and critical pedagogical practices at a conference, to hear from other instructors, and have an opportunity to network within an academic realm. Active participation in conferences is a requirement of faculty at most academic institutions and tends to be costly in terms of conference fees and travel (many conferences happen internationally). DesignThinkers provides an opportunity for emerging academics to participate in a conference closer to home.
RGD’s International Journal of Graphic Design Pedagogy and Practice
The call for DesignThinkers will have a secondary function as a way to introduce educators to RGD’s new academic journal. Those who submit an abstract for DesignThinkers will be invited to submit full papers for RGD’s International Journal of Graphic Design Pedagogy and Practice. The journal subcommittee is fine-tuning the call for submissions and this should be circulated this spring for submissions. RGD has published articles from the Educators Conference in the past in the form of Conference Proceedings, but since the conference is no longer running we believe that this may be an important way to fill that gap.
The publication will be produced digitally and the design will conform to APA essay standards which will help reduce the time and labour required for production. The cover can be designed by active Design Education Committee members similar to how the conference proceedings were done. We are aiming to publish every other year (but this may be quite optimistic).
RGD and GDC invited our professional Members to nominate educators who had made outstanding contributions to student development and pedagogical research. Members of RGD's Education Committee reviewed the submissions and selected our 2018 winners. The inaugural Design Educator Award of Excellence for university was awarded to Milena Radzikowska CGD, Mount Royal University, Alberta, and the inaugural Design Educator Award of Excellence for college was awarded to Adam Antoszek-Rallo RGD, Sheridan College, Oakville. Milena will be receiving her award at DesignThinkers Vancouver this spring. We will be putting out the call for 2019 nominations shortly.
Letters of support for New Programs
This past year, RGD was asked to submit Letters of Support for 3 new post-secondary design programs. Committee Member Donna Braggins developed a rubric for RGD to use to evaluate each Program to determine if letters were appropriate. In all three cases, RGD provided letters.
At the last AGM we reported on the first RGD Designathon which was held in January 2018 at OCAD U. Since that event we have held three more Designathons and our fifth is being planned for June 8. With each event we are honing the program in response to participant feedback and observations. We now have a branded look for the event (thanks to Provisional RGD Daniela Buitrago) and have systems in place to help with organization and promotion. The event has attracted some pretty impressive organizations such as Doctors Without Borders and Habitat for Humanity as well as the grassroots non-profits such as Black Youth Commission and Coveted Canines Rescue. Our next effort is to find funding through outside sources to help this effort become more sustainable and fair for the volunteers.
RGD organized portfolio review events at locations across Ontario with professional RGD Members and Industry leaders providing 15-minute one-on-one sessions to provide feedback and advice.
I am thrilled to stay on as the VP of Education and as the Chair of the Education Committee. This year will, however, be complicated by my move to San Francisco in August. My efforts with RGD will continue but will be on a more remote/virtual level.
Presented by Megan Oldfield RGD, VP of Education at the Annual Meeting April 25, 2018
The primary mandate of the Education Committee is to develop programs and services by which students may enhance their knowledge, skill and effectiveness as graphic designers. As the future of our profession, they are imperative in our efforts to raise professional and ethical standards in our industry and subsequently, increase awareness of RGD and the RGD designation. It is our collective mandate to identify and advise on opportunities for RGD to expand and develop programs and services, for students and recent grads. Additionally, to help increase standards of knowledge, skill, professional conduct and ethics for all graphic designers.
The Education Committee is the smallest of committees currently in terms of membership but definitely not by initiatives. Before I highlight the committees list of accomplishments this past year, I’d like to thank my fellow committee members, Donna Braggins RGD, Sean Grant RGD, Gillian Harvey Affiliate Member, Andrea Ruskin RGD, Paul van Dongen RGD and Saskia van Kampen RGD for their hard work, energy and commitment to the committee.
Automatic Student Membership Program
Currently RGD has approximately 2,100 Student Members, 1,800 of these Student members were enrolled this year in our Automatic Student Membership Program, a collaboration with Colleges and Universities wherein the participating institutions cover their students’ RGD Membership dues.
Our goal for this program continues to be the expansion of RGD’s reach and subsequent increase in numbers in participating schools and programs, particularly outside of Ontario. Fall 2017 saw 19 schools confirmed with 5 schools outside of Ontario. For the 2017/2018 academic year, we welcomed new participating schools: McKenzie College in New Brunswick, Red River College in Manitoba and Durham College in Ontario.
We now have 3 different Student and Provisional awards available.
RGD Grad Show Student Award
The committee put forth a new award of a 1 year RGD Provisional Membership available to 1 graduating student from each participating RGD automatic enrollment program. The recipient is to be chosen and awarded by the program chair or faculty from participating schools.
We distributed four scholarships for DesignThinkers Vancouver in May 2017 sponsored by 123w, Carter Hales Design Lab, Cause+Affect and Pound & Grain and six scholarships at DesignThinkers Toronto in November 2017 sponsored by Pound & Grain, Davis, Design de Plume, Arcane and Blue Ant Media. Each sponsor gave $500 that went directly to the students who also received free registration to the Conference in their respective city. In order to be considered for the scholarship,
Student and Provisional Members were asked to submit a short video to Instagram outlining their desire to attend DesignThinkers and the committee chose the scholarship recipients. We have 5 sponsors 123w, Cause & Affect, Engine Digital, Pound & Grain and Will Creative, all on board for the second edition of DT VAN next month.
One of the longest running program’s RGD has been organizing an annual Student Awards since its early days and has distributed $290,000 in cash in recognition of student excellence. The success of this program relies on the many sponsors who contribute our $1,000 cash prizes and assist with the judging.
The 2017 Student Awards saw 265 entries from 44 different schools across Canada, up from 220 from 33 schools in 2016, and surpassing our goal of 35 participating schools. Of these students, 654 entries were submitted in a variety of categories with 72 judges all RGD’s with the exception of 19 (comprised of award sponsors and out of province judges) 21 winners with 52 honourable mentions and approx. 75 finalists were announced in September 2017.
All finalists received invaluable written feedback from the judges in their respective category. This year’s Student Awards deadline is May 11, 2018 with 18 confirmed sponsors: .design, 50 Carleton, BOLD, Entro, Fjord, Forge Media + Design, Goods & Services, Gravity Inc, Greenmelon, Intent, john st., Pivot Design Group, Polyester Studio, Quarry, q30, Shikatani Lacroix, Studio123 & Zulu Alpha Kilo. Additionally the committee would like recognize and thank Ottawa based Character Creative, for their rebrand of the student awards.
To raise awareness for student focused programming, RGD has designed posters available as pdfs to send to design school programs in order to highlight the So(GOOD) awards, designed by Toronto’s Underline Studio, and Student Awards as well as the DesignThinkers Scholarships in hopes of receiving even more entries.
Design Educator Initiatives
Design Educators Conference
With the theme of Learning from the World, the 2017 Design Educators Conference, hosted by Ryerson, was originally scheduled to coincide with DesignThinkers TO. Unfortunately the conference was significantly impacted by the fall College strike and the decision was made by the committee to move the conference to Spring 2018. Since that time the decision has been made to push the Conference until after DesignThinkers TO October 26, 2018.
The 2016 Design Educators Conference Proceedings, designed by Field Design Office, highlights seven abstracts from the 2016 Conference with the intent of getting the publication, along with 2015 publication, into the collections of libraries at academic institutions.
A new award aimed at recognizing those who educate the next generation of designers has been approved by the board and is in the very early stages of development by the committee.
Design Educators Curriculum Support Materials
An ongoing initiative was started in the spring to organize the wealth of RGD webinars, talks and presentations into categories that could be used as teaching support materials for Design Educators.
Letters of support for New Programs
In response to an increase in requests for RGD support for the development of new design programs from instituions across the country, the committee developed and implemented a rubric to standardize and help determine RGD endorsement decisions on a case by case basis. By implementing a standardized practice of selecting 4 independent designers chosen in regional proximity to the school request and by using the rubric, the expected outcome is a fair and clear standardized evaluation process.
Creative Directions, Career Development Conference, Design-A-Thon and Portfolio Review Events
The annual Creative Directions Career Development Conference geared towards students and provisional RGD’s, was replaced by the new Designathon initiative in conjunction with additional portfolio review events. The decision was made to replace the creative directions event as it required a huge amount of resources and had leveled out at approximately 400 participants.
The first RGD Design-A-Thon took place in February at OCAD University and was a great success with 10 teams of Student and Provisional RGDs working on projects for 10 non-profits. Teams of 3-4 participants worked together on their given brief, led by an experienced Creative Director with a real world Not-For-Profit client. It is anticipated that there will be multiple Design-A-Thon events per year, with the next one scheduled for
June 23, to be held simultaneously in Toronto, Sudbury, Ottawa and Vancouver.
In addition to the Design-A-Thon’s, several additional portfolio review events have been added, 5 to date so far this year. Together it is our hope that these 2 events will offer a more intensive and immersive experience than those previously offered through Creative Directions.
Finally, after 6 years and 70 plus meetings serving on the Education Committee, both as a committee member and chair, I will be stepping down and Saskia van Kampen will serve as the new Chair of the Education Committee. Congratulations, and I wish the Committee continued success and all the best going forward.
- Interest in and/or understanding of graphic design education in Ontario.
- Experience working with students and/or attending RGD student events and/or knowledge of RGD programming for students.
- Time to contribute to the work of the committee via email feedback, teleconference discussions and independent and group work.
- Must be a Certified RGD, Provisional RGD or Affiliate Member (Affiliates can serve for up to 1 year, during which time they are required to become Certified if they wish to remain on a Committee.)