Upcoming Events

March 2015

Tuesday March 3rd, 2015

RGD Information Session
6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Attend virtually from anywhere in North America

Register here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7694563053998784257

This session addresses all aspects of the exam process from submitting an application to preparing for the written test and portfolio interview. We’ll discuss the benefits of membership and programs available through RGD and answer your questions.

For more information on the Exam, visit rgd.ca/rgd-certification.php.

Friday March 6th, 2015

Creative Directions 2015 – Windows into the World of Design
All day

Leading Toronto studios open their doors and provide a tour, a presentation and advice on breaking into the industry. RGD’s 2015 Creative Directions Conference for emerging designers kicks off with our Windows into the World of Design studio tours and presentations on Friday, March 6th, 2015.
Leading firms will open their doors to provide a glimpse into your possible future as a design professional. Each “Window” includes an up close and personal tour, a presentation and advice on breaking into the industry.

PRICING:
Members:
2 Tours (Morning or Afternoon) – $20; 4 Tours (All Day) – $40

Non-Members:
2 Tours (Morning or Afternoon) – $30; 4 Tours (All Day) – $60

Saturday March 7th, 2015

Creative Directions Conference 2015
9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Bram & Bluma Appel Salon
Toronto Reference Library,
789 Yonge St., Toronto

Creative Directions is RGD’s largest annual event for emerging creative professionals and those looking for fresh perspectives on the industry. The event includes opportunities to visit leading creative studios, connect with industry influencers, receive constructive feedback on your work and hear insights from individuals representing a variety of creative careers and experience levels.

Whether you’re a student, recent grad or professional designer, Creative Directions will provide you with a fresh perspective on the industry and how to establish, build and grow a rewarding career within it.

Pricing:
RGD Members
Full Day – $75.00
Half Day – $45.00

Non-Members
Full Day – $110.00
Half Day – $60.00

To register, please click here.

Please see full schedule and presentation details here.

Thursday March 12th, 2015

Webinar: Usable Usability
Presented by Eric Reiss
12:00 pm

About Eric Reiss
Eric Reiss has been actively involved in the creation of menu-based programs, hypertext games, multimedia, and online projects for over 30 years. Following a long career as a copywriter for one of Europe’s leading business-to-business advertising agencies, he has worked almost exclusively with online communications since 2001.
In November, 2000, his book, Practical Information Architecture, was published by Pearson Education. His second UX book, Usable Usability, was published by John Wiley & Sons in 2012. He is co-instigator of the IA Slam and author of Web Dogma ’06, a design philosophy that has since been translated to over two dozen languages. His articles and contributions have been published in the Journal of the American Society for Science and Technology, Johnny Holland Magazine, Fortune, and Business Week, as well as in various textbooks, including Designing Web Navigation (Kalbach), Pervasive Information Architecture (Resmini and Rosati), and the online Encyclopedia of Human-Computer Interaction.
Eric Reiss is CEO of the Copenhagen-based FatDUX Group, which designs interactive experiences, both online and off. The company maintains offices throughout Europe and North America. He is a former two-term president of the Information Architecture Institute, serves as Chair of the European Information Architecture Summit, EuroIA, and is on the advisory boards of the Copenhagen Business School Department of Informatics, the Kent State University IA|KM program, and the Romanian Institute of Information Architecture. Reiss was also Professor of Usability and Design at the Instituto de Empresa Business School in Madrid, Spain from 2009-2011 during which time he received numerous awards for his teaching, including the coveted “Best Professor” prize in 2009.
And he mixes a mean Manhattan.
Pricing
Free for RGD and SDGQ Members (RGDs who have achieved the full Registered Graphic Designer designation also receive 10 free passes)
Members of Partner Organizations*: One webinar – $25; Pkg of any 5 – $85
Non-Members: One webinar – $40; Package of any 5 – $150
*Members of ADCC, EAC,  IABC Ottawa, IABC Waterloo, AMPA, IDC & Rotman students & alumni
To purchase a single webinar or a package of 5, click here.
If you have a question about RGD’s Webinar Program, please email rosie@rgd.ca.

Friday March 13th, 2015

Algonquin College’s Graphic Design Grad Show

The graduating class of Algonquin College’s Graphic Design Program is pleased to welcome you to Multiply 2015—The Graphic Design Grad Show. The event will take place Friday March 13th from 6:30 to 9pm in Algonquin College’s Student Commons, 1385 Woodroffe Avenue, you will have the opportunity to meet fresh new talent and mingle with other industry professionals. Food and drinks will be provided and the venue offers free parking.

Register for tickets here!
http://2015.grads.algonquindesign.ca/

April 2015

Wednesday April 8th, 2015

Future By Design: The Future of Storytelling
6:30pm – 8:30pm ET (Doors open at 6:00pm ET)

Attend a FREE live screening and interactive discussion of ‘The Future of Storytelling’, RGD’s next Future By Design panel featuring the Founder of Local Projects, Interaction Designer at the New York Times and Art Director of motion graphics projects including L’Historiscope. Hosted at various locations by local facilitators.

‘The Future of Storytelling’
For creative industry professionals, the goal is to connect with a target audience, to captivate with a message that will inspire action, encourage a change in thinking and leave a lasting impression. But the way we communicate is changing and the process of telling a story has become much more complex. Join a discussion of how cultural shifts, technological advances and the growing desire for authenticity, immediacy and accuracy across all media will influence future content consumption and the nature of communication. Connect with creative professionals who are exploring new ways to engage in this environment and see how design thinking continues to influence audiences through the power of narrative.

Register to attend a screening in your city: North VancouverOttawa, WellandMore to come! 

Contact news@rgd.ca to find out how to host a discussion group.

Or register online to listen in on the discussion from anywhere in North America*: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/9105653188845922817

*Available for RGD Members only

Panelists:

Farah Assir, UX Designer at The New York Times

Jake Barton, Founder of Local Projects

Elizabeth Laferrière, Art Director

Moderator:

Julian Brown RGD, On The Chase!

About Future By Design

Future By Design is a series of webcast discussions featuring experts sharing their thoughts on a variety of topics. As a virtual event, we invite cities across Canada to host local screening venues where members of the community can gather to watch panelists’ presentations, conduct their own group discussions and participate via webcam in the Q&A. Click here to view recaps of our past Future By Design events.

Future By Design branding designed by Carve Design.

 

Wednesday April 19th, 2015 – Sunday May 3rd, 2015

OCAD University’s 100th Graduate Exhibition (GradEx)

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 (All day) to Sunday, May 3, 2015 (All day)

More than 600 promising young artists and designers are exhibiting at the biggest GradEx ever — OCAD University’s 100th! This year, GradEx expands to a five-day, six-storey exhibition, including the iconic Sharp Centre for Design. The university will throw open its doors, inviting the community to see works by the creative minds of OCAD U’s Class of 2015.
Students from undergraduate and graduate programs will show their final thesis work to an audience of more than 25,000 guests, some of whom attend the show to recruit new talent for their own galleries and firms.
Undergraduate programs represented in this year’s GradEx are: Criticism and Curatorial Practice, Drawing & Painting, Integrated Media, Digital Painting and Expanded Animation, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture/Installation and the specialization Cross-Disciplinary Art: Publications in the Faculty of Art; Advertising, Environmental Design, Graphic Design, Illustration, Industrial Design and Material Art & Design (jewellery, fibre and ceramics) in the Faculty of Design. The Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences and School of Interdisciplinary Studies will present work from the Digital Futures and Indigenous Visual Culture programs.
OCAD U’s graduate programs are: Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Art Histories, Criticism & Curatorial Practice, Digital Futures, Inclusive Design, Interdisciplinary Master’s in Art, Media and Design, Strategic Foresight and Innovation
Feature sales provide the opportunity to purchase work from emerging artists at reasonable prices (details TBA).

100th GradEx Schedule:
Opening Night: Wednesday, April 29, 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Thursday, April 30, 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Friday, May 1, 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday, May 2, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, May 3, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

www.ocadu.ca/gradex#sthash.yLIyq7Vw.dpuf

 

May 2015

Tuesday May 5th, 2015

Future By Design: Human-Centred Design
6:30pm – 8:30pm ET (Doors open at 6:00pm ET)

Attend a FREE live screening and interactive discussion of ‘Human-Centred Design’, RGD’s next Future By Design panel featuring the Creative Director of Purpose, Co-founder of Confidence, and other panelists TBA. Hosted at various locations by local facilitators.

‘The Future of Human-Centred Design’
Design’s role has evolved from creating and producing beautiful things to being a powerful tool with which we can shape society and the world around us. In a sense, it has come full circle, returning to its roots in the early 1900’s when its purpose was to help influence and challenge society in both a social and political sphere. But is design today truly living up to its potential to create change?

Join us for a conversation exploring how design can be used to craft solutions for social problems and accelerate widespread change. Hear from noted creators such as Purpose who have harnessed its power to address global issues, and consider future models through which this approach can be applied. Help us celebrate and encourage creative work that elevates social causes, improves lives and continues to change the world.

Register to attend a screening in your city: Kingston, London, MontrealVancouver More to come! 

Contact news@rgd.ca to find out how to host a discussion group.

Or register online to listen in on the discussion from anywhere in North America*: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/387125214419352065

*Available for RGD Members only

Moderator:

Vanessa Eckstein RGD, Creative Director at Blok

Panelists:

Hannah Kreiswirth, Creative Director at Purpose

Marc O’Brien, Co-founder of Confidence

More to come! 

About Future By Design

Future By Design is a series of webcast discussions featuring experts sharing their thoughts on a variety of topics. As a virtual event, we invite cities across Canada to host local screening venues where members of the community can gather to watch panelists’ presentations, conduct their own group discussions and participate via webcam in the Q&A. Click here to view recaps of our past Future By Design events.