- Provide insights on RGD programs and events and to encourage grassroots Member activity.
- Provide relevant, meaningful, accessible opportunities for networking, professional development and community building.
Social Good Design Awards
Every year, the Association of Registered Graphic Designers (RGD) invites submissions of graphic design projects from around the world done under the theme of communication design for social good; work with the power to incite action and make meaningful change in the way we live our lives.
How to get involved:
- Enter a project (details here: rgd.ca/sogood)
- Judge the Awards: email to put your name forward for consideration as a possible SoGood Judge
Future by Design Webcasted Panels
In 2016, RGD presented 5 events covering The Future of Book Design; The Future of Design Tools; and The Future of Content. Designers across Canada hosted local screenings and participated in the discussions. In 2017, we’ll present The Future Designer; The Future of Experience Design and The Future of Brand.
In-House Design Awards
RGD’s In-House Design Awards launched in 2016 to recognize the best design work produced by internal creatives in Canada. With over 250 submissions, RGD selected 42 projects to receive Awards including work by teams at Canada Council for the Arts, Capital One, CNIB, Deloitte, MLSE, Rogers, Structube and WestJet. The 2017 Awards Call for Entries will open in May with a final entry deadline of June 23.
Accessible from anywhere in North America, RGD hosted 38 professional development webinars in 2016, free for RGD Members. These live, lunch-time sessions will continue to cover industry trends, business best practices and insights into the creative process in 2017.
In 2016, RGD Mentors provided 33 Student RGDs and Prov. RGDs with the knowledge and experience to help grow their professional design careers. A new set of Mentors will be announced in early February with an application deadline of February 24.
The Business of Graphic Design
The only comprehensive guide to maintaining a graphic design business in Canada, the RGD Handbook explains how to build a design practice, understand intellectual property, hire creative talent and market design, in addition to providing sample forms.
Presented by Tom Browne RGD at RGD's AGM on April 27, 2017
RGD’s Programs Committee was established in 2015 to provide insights on RGD programs and events and to encourage grassroots Member activity. In short, we are here to ensure RGD is providing relevant, meaningful, accessible opportunities for networking, professional development and community building.
Programs that the Committee has been assisting with include RGD’s In-House Design Awards, webinars, our Creative Directions Conference, our Future By Design Panel Series and DesignThinkers.
In 2016, RGD took a year off from the Social Good Design Awards to launch an In- House Design Awards to celebrate design effectiveness by internal creative agencies. We received over 250 submissions from in-house designers across Canada, and the projects were judged by 19 in-house creative directors and design managers. RGD announced the 42 winning projects at an Awards Ceremony as part of DesignThinkers, with 103 guests in attendance. Due to the Program’s success, we decided to move forward with the program again in 2017. The Call for entries is now open up on May 1st with a final deadline of June 23rd.
RGD hosted 40 free professional development webinars for Members in 2016. RGD’s Webinar Program fulfils RGD’s goal of raising professional standards and keeping Members current on the latest industry best practices. This past year we added panel discussions, particularly ones focused on the challenges facing In- House designers and educators and business owners. We also use the Webinar Program as a sort of audition for prospective DesignThinkers Speakers. We are always looking for new webinar content, whether it be topics or speakers, so please let me know if you are interested or have ideas.
In 2016, RGD’s Virtual Panel Series Future By Design extended its offering with events taking place in the Pacific Time Zone. For Future By Design, venues across Canada are able to host local screenings of our panelists’ presentations, conduct their own group discussions and participate in the live Q&A. In the past year, Future by Design East screened four times at venues in Barrie, Burlington, Halifax, Kingston, Kitchener, London, Montreal, North Bay, Ottawa, Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury, Thunder Bay, Toronto and Welland. Future by Design West screened three times in Regina, Nanaimo and Vancouver. The panels covered the topics of The Future of Book Design, The Future of Design Tools, The Future of Content and The Future Designer. The most recent Future by Design panel, the Future of Experience Design, was April 26th.
With 2,100 participants over four days of activities, the 17th annual DesignThinkers Conference was the largest gathering of creative professionals RGD has ever hosted. In 2017, with the help of the Committee, RGD will host two DesignThinkers Conferences with the addition of DesignThinkers Vancouver in May. This will be the first DesignThinkers hosted outside of Toronto. As Stussy mentioned, DesignThinkers will be back in Toronto on November 21st and 22nd. The Committee is helping with identifying the speaker line-up as well as programming additional events to support networking among members.
The Committee has also assisted and advised RGD on local event funding requests allowing Members to request funding and operational assistance for events they would like to organize for designers in their community.
I would like to thank all of our Committee Members for their work over our first year. They are of course our Chair Jesse Gibb, as well as Ross Chandler Affiliate Member, Ruth Farrugia RGD, Phil Mondor RGD, Stussy Tschudin RGD, Nico Taus RGD and Nicole Duncan RGD who recently joined the Committee.
Jesse Gibb RGD, Art Director, Carve
After a 12 year stint running a solo design shop, Jesse he has been an integral player in the development of brand identities for a range of clients at Carve. Whether it’s a hotdog cart or a growing credit union, he relishes the challenge that comes with learning the specifics of a client’s business, assessing its needs, and that buzz that always comes with finding the right design solution.
Stüssy Tschudin RGD, Principal, Forge Media + Design
Born and raised in Switzerland, Stüssy originally was a Swiss banker by day and graffiti artist by night. He soon realized that his passion for the creative needed to be nourished and decided to go back to school to become a graphic designer.
His background in art and finance helps bridge the gap between design and business at Forge, as well as giving him the insight needed to contribute as a valuable member on the RGD board. Stüssy believes that designers need to establish themselves, more and more, as fully realized professionals and not solely focusing on the creative endeavour alone.
Ross Chandler RGD, Partner, wearebecoming.ca
Ruth Farrugia RGD, Owner, Fishtank Communications
Phil Mondor RGD, Partner & Creative Director, Studio Locale
Nico Taus RGd, Creative Director, Studio123
Nicole Duncan RGD, Freelance Designer
Those interested in joining the Committee should fill out the online form: Get Involved with RGD.