Being a certified RGD has given my business the opportunity to expand into larger markets and network with many like-minded designers.
When I launched my freelance design studio in 2008, one of my goals was to become a Registered Graphic Designer. I knew that building a creative career in Muskoka (two hours north of Toronto) would have its challenges and I would need to stay connected in this rapidly changing industry.
RGD provides three essential benefits
that continue to help my business grow:
2) Education & Inspiration
Georgian College Professor
In 2014 I started teaching part-time at Georgian College in the Graphic Design Program. Recognizing my RGD certification in the interview process helped me get selected. I also had an existing connection with the program having participated in an RGD Portfolio Review Day at Georgian College over the previous four years.
The 3rd, most recent edition of the The Business of Graphic Design: The RGD Professional Handbook has a wealth of knowledge that I put into practice on a daily basis (especially the forms). Strictly following the Rules of Professional Conduct not only gives me credibility but also provides my clients comfort knowing I conduct business at a high, ethical standard that benefits their business.
Education & Inspiration
I frequently attend the online webinars that RGD offers. The Association does a great job of securing a wide range of presenters and selecting topics surrounding creativity, process and business that are informative. They make a lot of the material available online by live tweeting the presentations (#rgdweb) and sharing recordings with RGD Members.
Staying connected with RGD through social media, I was able to win a pass to my first DesignThinkers in 2013. The speakers work with some of the largest brands in the world, and hearing about their processes has been very inspirational to me. The line up each year continues to grow with some of the best designers, making it the best design conference in Canada.
RGD Portfolio Review at Georgian College
Shortly after I became certified as an RGD, I was invited to review student portfolios at Georgian College. Having had my portfolio interview a few months before, I was able to provide students relevant tips and feedback to improve their portfolios. Multiple connections have been developed over the day with my fellow RGD Reviewers, the Program Coordinator and students graduating from the Program.
Future By Design
I attended my first Future By Design live screening of ‘Designers as Entrepreneurs’ featuring two of my favourite designers, Jessica Hische and Aaron Draplin. At this interactive discussion I met with a local designer that later sent me the open position at Georgian College.
Having recently relocated to Barrie, I’m excited to connect with other local RGD designers and grow my business into a larger market. I am proud to be a certified Registered Graphic Designer since 2012 and value everything the Association provides to push the design community forward.
To find out more about becoming a Registered Graphic Designer, click here.