The Provisional Committee was created to develop new ideas, programs and benefits for Provisional RGD members.
This Committee meets monthly. Committee members may participate in the evening meeting in downtown Toronto in person or virtually.
Read. Discuss. Learn. RGD’s Book Club is a way to develop your design knowledge and learn new skills through reading and group discussion. The group reads one book about every 6 weeks. The book list, reading schedule and virtual conversation are organized through Facebook with in-person and virtual meet-ups to allow for discussion on each of the selected books. To join, you need to be an RGD (any category of Membership - GDC Members are also welcome) and have a Facebook account.
This program is only open to Provisional RGDs and Student RGDs in their final year of study may sign up for Mentorship Program. For a period of 9 months, you will have 6 sessions with your Mentor, 1 hour each. Sessions can be held locally or remotely depending on the location of both the Mentor and Mentee.
The Study Group helps candidates prepare for the RGD Examination (which includes a 75-minute online test and a 30-minute portfolio interview) required to pass in order to achieve the RGD designation. Meetings take place weekly and are scheduled based on participants' availability. Participation can take place virtually or in person at the RGD Office in downtown Toronto. The Study Group shares resources, reviews notes and provides support through discussion, practice quizzes and peer-to-peer practice portfolio interviews.
How to get involved: Email XXXXXXXX@rgd.ca to take part in the next RGD Exam Study Group
Designers + Drinks + Discussion
Provisional RGD Design Socials provide an opportunity for emerging designers to connect with RGD guests to discuss industry trends, learn about career paths and discuss tips and advice about working as a professional designer.
How to get involved: Attend an event
Submit questions on Twitter using the hashtags #RGD and #RGDProv
Heather Angell Provisional RGD, Graphic Designer, Forge Media + Design
Heather is a graphic designer with a diverse work history. She combines her design education with past experience to create unique and viable solutions for clients including, The Canadian Museum of Human Rights, BMO, private healthcare provider Medcan, large Toronto real estate developers, and creative agency Namara Represents. She currently works as a graphic designer at Forge Media + Design. She holds an Advanced Diploma in Graphic Design from Seneca College and B.A. in Mass Communications from The Ohio State University
Austin Mateka Provisional RGD, Graphic Designer
Andrea Martins RGD, Owner, ALM Design
Ben Constable Provisional RGD, Owner, Ben Constable Design
Brie Pointer Provisional RGD, Freelance Designer
Chawana Champagne, Freelance Designer
Christina Dery Provisional RGD, Graphic Designer, Mondelez International
Rachel Broadbent Provisional RGD, Owner, Broadbent Studio
Laura John Provisional RGD, Graphic Designer, Allied Technical Services Inc.
Daniela Luchetta Provisional RGD, Graphic Designer, Exodus Travel
Derek Veenhof Provisional RGD, Graphic Designer, Reimer Graphics
Presented by Heather Angell Prov. RGD at RGD's AGM on April 27, 2017
Co-Chair, Austin Mateka; Members: Andrea Martens, Ben Constable, Brie Pointer, Chawana Champagne, Christina Dery, Daniela Luchetta, Jaimie Pullinger, Laura John, Qing Li, Rachel Broadbent, Teo Herman
For most of 2016, Design Socials were held on a bi-monthly basis with an attendance of about 10 people, including the featured guest. Due to the low attendance, the Committee reworked the program. The main change was to begin charging for the event ($7/members, $12/non-members) and providing food. The name was also changed to “Designers + Drinks + Discussions” to be more descriptive of the event.
The new structure launched in September 2016 and we immediately saw an increase of participants to about 25 people. The sessions have been happening steadily in Toronto, with the most recent in February having the best turnout yet of 37 people. Another event is being held in Toronto (in a fully accessible space) on May 2nd. It is sold out at 60 people and has a waitlist. At the start of 2017, a Designers + Drinks + Discussion event was held and well-attended in London. The committee is working on organizing nights in Kitchener/Waterloo, Oshawa and Hamilton.
The Welcome Wagon initiative was intended to introduce new Members and answer any questions they might have about their Membership. Interest and attendance were extremely low. Committee members tried to revive the program with presentations and more consistent outreach. Unfortunately, participation continued to be low and the initiative was cancelled in June.
Since the Mentorship Program was introduced in 2013, the turnout each year was only about 10 participants. Committee members Austin Mateka and Daniel Kim took on the task of reevaluating and restructuring the program. After discussions with the entire committee, the program was made more “exclusive” by having mentees sign-up and apply to work with a specific person from a list of mentors. The new structure lead to about 20 applications. Due to the high interest, some mentors took on two mentees for the duration of the program. We are now in the second round of the Mentorship program. Currently there 8 applications for the 11 announced Mentors. With increased promotion of the program on Facebook and other avenues, we are hopeful that all spots will be filled. In addition, to aid us in organizing the next round of the program, the committee created and sent out a survey for feedback so that we know what worked well and how to improve.
The Provisional Committee has been hosting Study Groups to prepare candidates for RGD Certification. The groups meet weekly or bi-weekly in a virtual setting to discuss and review study materials, share notes and get advice from one of RGD’s Portfolio Evaluators. The last group was organized over January and February Association of Registered Graphic Designers AGM Minutes Apr 27, 2017 14 with about 5 participants. The plan is to host a new group in late spring / early summer.
The Provisional and Student Committees had an information table at this year’s Creative Directions Conference to help promote to Students Members becoming Provisional members. Both committees designed signage and hand-outs to help attract members to the table for discussion. Overall, the table had a good response. The Committee noticed areas for improvement such as having an iPad at the desk to help with sign-ups and search the RGD site for information. In the coming months, the Committee will be discussing how to make the conference more relevant for Provisional Members.
The Provisional Committee launched a Book Club this past fall in an effort to give Members an opportunity to learn more about design and related topics through reading and group discussion. There have been 3 meet-ups to date with an average of 5 people participating in each (in-person and virtually). The quality of the discussions have been high and one meet-up included a Q&A with the author. The next meet-up is May 16th and includes a Q&A with author Ellen Lupton.