Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Let’s Talk Design

Friday November 14th, 2014

View Restaurant + Bar at the
Delta Hotel

All designers and those interested in design are welcome.

Join us at View to eat, drink and discuss design.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

"Let's Talk Design" Social

Friday October 17 th, 2014

Watertower Pub

All designers and those interested in design.
Meet us at the Watertower Pub. We’ll meet, greet and talk Design (and other things)

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

DesignThinkers 2014

DesignThinkers 2014
November 6-7
Toronto, Canada

Join the Association of Registered Graphic Designers (RGD) and over 1,500 visual communicators for the 15th annual DesignThinkers Conference, a celebration of creativity and strategic design thinking.

The event welcomes a star-studded line-up of 25 international speakers, including:
Charles Adler, Co-founder, Kickstarter 

  • Irma Boom, Netherlands-based Book Designer 
Henry Hobson, Film Titles Designer, "The Walking Dead" 
Wesley Grubbs, Founder, Data Visualization Studio Pitch Interactive 

  • Aaron Draplin, Founder, Draplin Design Co. 

  • Sybille Hagmann, Type Designer 

  • Ellen Lupton, Author, Educator & Curator 

  • Karen McGrane, Author, "Content Strategy for Mobile" 

  • Debbie Millman, Author & Host, Design Matters

  • Paula Scher, Partner, Pentagram 
- Erik Spiekermann, Author & Creative Director, Edenspiekermann 

  • Richard Turley, Senior VP, Visual Storytelling, MTV
- Jessica Walsh, Partner, Sagmeister & Walsh 
Todd Waterbury, Executive Creative Director & Sr. VP, Marketing, Target  
  • Willy Wong, Chief Creative Officer, NYC & Company, New York City’s official marketing organization

Early Bird rates end September 26. RGD Members receive special pricing! Travel and accommodation discounts are available. Learn more at www.designthinkers.com.

Monday, May 12, 2014

RGD Launches 2014/2015 National Salary Survey of CreativeEarners


Creative Earners National Survey of Salaries and Billing Practices in the Communication Design Industry. Take the survey

Calling all Canadian Creatives! Spend 15 minutes and help build an economic profile of the national creative industry

English and French versions of the National Survey of CreativeEarners, produced by the Association of Registered Graphic Designers (RGD) and Creative Niche, went live this week at www.creativeearners.ca. Providing insight into the financial trends facing Canada's creative sector, CreativeEarners offers a summary of how creative communicators are being compensated and valued.



What do you work for? RGD and Creative Niche are seeking participation from individuals across the country working in a wide variety of professions to contribute to this important national industry resource. Eligible job titles include, but are not limited to:

Creative Director

  • Graphic Designer

  • Art Director

  • Design Manager

  • Developer

  • Project Manager

  • Information Architect
Digital Strategist

  • Web Designer

  • Web/Media Analyst

  • Mobile Designer/Developer
  • UX/UI Designer

  • Communications/Marketing Manager

  • Content Editor/Manager
Social Media Manager

  • Brand/Content Strategist

  • Copywriter
Production Manager
Account Manager/Coordinator

  • Educator

  • Media Buyer/Planner
Business Development/Sales
Office Manager
The survey, which closes on June 16, takes approximately 10 minutes to complete, and your information will be kept confidential.
The information you provide will help RGD raise awareness of Canada’s thriving creative industry and produce an economic snapshot of our sector to help benchmark salaries and billing rates across job types, sector and region.

“I believe the RGD Salary Survey’s findings reinforce the value of the professionals who help agencies, studios and other organizations tackle new creative challenges and developments now and in the years ahead,” says Creative Niche CEO Mandy Gilbert. “We are excited to continue our partnership with RGD on this important initiative.”

The greater the participation, the stronger the sample size and the more valuable the data for every stakeholder working in or around Canada’s creative industry.

$3,000 in prizes will be raffled off among participants, including 15 $100 Umbra gift cards to be used online or in the store.

Where does your creativity happen? Help spread the word by tweeting photos using the hashtag #CreativeEarners. Photos will be uploaded to the image gallery at creativeearners.ca and featured at DesignThinkers 2014!

English and French versions of the survey results will be made freely available to all this November.

Fill out the CreativeEarners survey here before June 16! Help spread the word using the hashtag #CreativeEarners.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Future by Design: Consumer Engagement

A webcast panel of experts share their opinions and insights on the move toward greater audience engagement in advertising and what this means for designers in the future.

6 May 2014
6:30pm - 8:30pm
(Doors open at 6:00pm)

Sault College 443 Northern Avenue,
Sault Ste. Marie, ON
Room: M1030
Pricing: FREE

No longer do traditional print ads or TV commercials cut it. Designers and advertisers need to engage consumers through brand experiences, customized content, two-way communication and strong storytelling presented across multiple platforms. Join our expert panel as they share perspectives and insights on how design will shape the future of consumer engagement and the effectiveness of communications and advertising.
Future by Design: Consumer Engagement is the tenth in RGD's ongoing series of webcasted events. Contact programs@rgd.ca to find out how to participate.


Nicole Jacek, Founder/Director, NJ(L.A.)™

Nicole is a German, award-winning graphic designer (Red Dot, D&AD, Art Directors Club, Type Directors Club New York & Tokyo, etc.). She began at the feet of the masters; working together with Stefan Sagmeister at Sagmeister Inc. and also Ian Anderson at the Designers Republic™/UK. Her work has been published in numerous magazines, newspapers, and books around the world. She was winner of Print's New Visual Artists, as well as an ADC Young Gun. She is the youngest ADC board member and is currently teaching at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. NJ was the Creative Director of karlssonwilker inc. in NYC for the past four years and just opened up her studio NJ(L.A.)™ in Venice Beach.

Michael Tippett, Director, New Products at HootSuite

Michael is a 2 time Emmy nominee and has been a successful entrepreneur for almost two decades. In 2005 he founded, ran and later sold Nowpublic, which was named one of the top five most useful new sites on the web by The Guardian and named one of the Top 50 Websites for 2007 by Time magazine. Currently he's on the Provincial Steering Committee for Startup Canada, and is Director, New Products at Hootsuite where he helps to support the startup community in Vancouver.

Sabaa Quao, Chief Marketing Officer of Digital Journal Inc. and co-founder of /newsrooms

Creative director, business strategist, and career entrepreneur, Sabaa has a passion for emerging platforms in the digital media and marketing space. He has managed teams dedicated to the future of marketing and advertising, and is energized whenever he has the opportunity to make that future work for companies and brands. Sabaa's portfolio includes the launch of the Toronto Raptors and Playdium Entertainment, the rebranding of the CN Tower and the Directors Guild of Canada, and special projects for Toronto International Film Festival Group, Nortel Networks, Roots, RBC Royal Bank, Levi's, Bell Mobility, Rogers Communications, The Beer Store, GlaxoSmithKline, McCain Foods, Corona, Coca-Cola, and Jack Daniel’s.

Join us on Twitter using the hashtag #rgdFBD to participate in a live chat during the event.

Designedge Canada is the official Media Partner of Future by Design

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Portfolio Review and Panel Discussion

April 22, 2014 @ 2:00 - 6:00pm
Sault College, Room APH4

Design students will have an opportunity to have their work reviewed by industry professionals. Panel discussion to follow afterward.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Future by Design: Creative Collaboration

This webcast panel discussion explores tools and best practices for effectively collaborating and achieving success in an age when collaboration is key.
4 February 2014
6:30pm - 8:30pm
(Doors open at 6:00pm)

Sault College
443 Northern Avenue,
Sault Ste. Marie, ON
Room: M1030

Pricing: FREE
Design is a fundamentally collaborative and interdisciplinary activity, a fact that has become even more relevant in the last 10 years. Multimedia design solutions, holistic branding and steeper competition for winning clients are just a few of the reasons that successful graphic designers must understand how to incorporate all phases of the design process, from brainstorming to concept development; from getting feedback to making refinements; from file-sharing to project management.
Join our experts for a discussion of best practices and tools to collaborate effectively within creative teams, with related professionals and with clients.
This edition of Future by Design features international panelists streamed virtually, as well as interaction with audiences from coast to coast.
Creative Collaboration is the ninth in RGD's ongoing Future by Design series. These events are broadcast live via webcast. Contact programs@rgd.ca to find out how to participate.

Join us on Twitter using the hashtag #rgdFBD to participate in a live chat during the event.

Vanessa Eckstein RGD, Founder of Blok Design
"A prerequisite of a great collaboration is a seductive tension that pushes each participant out of their comfort zone and takes the work to another dimension." Vanessa will share examples from her experience with collaboration that questions both the medium and the preconceptions that exist in the world.
Bob Hambly RGD, Creative Director at Hambly & Woolley Inc.
In 2013 H&W created a publication entitled BEES for Flash Reproduction's Wayward Arts series on "Community". An editor, four writers, five photographers, two illustrators and three artists all contributed their efforts to this project. And they all did it pro bono.
Bob discusses how this collaboration came about and how H&W approached, excited, art directed and acknowledged this pool of very creative individuals.
Jake Lefebure, CEO & Co-Founder, Design Army
Design Army works on many projects that require a small team of designers, writers, printers, and sometimes multiple clients. Jake will share his experience working on projects that involve creative input from multiple sources. 
Emily Oberman, Partner at Pentagram
In close collaboration with SNL producers and photographers, Emily has been designing the opening titles for Saturday Night Live since 1994. The show has an established visual personality, and for Oberman part of the fun of designing the opening sequence several times has been creating new, different takes on the same theme. "For us this job never gets old. It’s an exciting challenge to take the same basic elements year after year and reinvent them in a way that keeps the brand feeling new and vibrant.” 
*RGDs and Provisional Members attending this event will receive a FREE copy of Creative Intelligence by Bruce Nussbaum, in addition to other RGD giveaways!
Designedge Canada is the official Media Partner of Future by Design

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Round Table Event

Jan 29th, 2014
12:30 – 1:30 PM
Sault College
Room G2000

Come out and discuss some design related topics with local designers, while gaining some valuable real world knowledge.
… and FREE Pizza!

Exclusive to Graphic Design Students Only