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Register October 24 & 25, 2019 Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, Toronto

DesignThinkers is Canada's largest annual graphic design conference, connecting designers from around the world. Now in it's 20th year, the Toronto event offers four concurrent sessions, allowing attendees to customize their conference experience. DesignThinkers speakers examine and discuss the trends, strategies and processes that are driving our industry. Attendees have the opportunity to explore the evolving role of design and how it is creating meaningful impacts for business, culture and social innovators. For insights into the variety of communications design disciplines, branding, design thinking, design management, and user experience, DesignThinkers is the must-attend event of the year for visual communicators.

Take a look at photos from last year's Toronto Conference

About RGD

Through RGD, Canadian designers exchange ideas, educate and inspire, set professional standards and build a strong, supportive community dedicated to advocating for the value of design. Learn more about the Association.

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Gain a professional advantage. Join the RGD community of over 3,000 graphic designers and receive the backing of a credible, legislated organization in the conduct of your business. Learn more about RGD Membership.

What’s up with the Toonie?

Designers don’t always get a do-over. But you always have the chance to do better. When Canada’s two-dollar coin was introduced in 1996, a number of nicknames were suggested before the public settled on toonie, including bearie, bearly, doubloonie and moonie. MP Jack Iyerak Anawak suggested Nanuq in honour of Canada’s Inuit people. While this culturally meaningful idea was disregarded, the toonie does feature a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, despite the fact that a 2016 research poll found that more than half of Canadians reject the idea of a British Head of State. Somehow, you’ll still find yourself face to face with the Queen each time you pull out change to pay for your Tim Horton’s coffee.

Like the toonie, there are countless examples from the world of design where cultural, economic and political forces have affected creative work, for better and for worse. As designers, it’s up to us to acknowledge the influence of these factors and try to avoid the mistakes of our past. Over the next few months, we’ll reflect on the complex histories behind other Canadian designs leading up to the 20th year of the DesignThinkers Conference. This event has spanned massive changes in the communication design industry, exploring the innovations and disruptions that inform, inspire and influence the world of design today. Join us in Vancouver this May to continue the conversation.Learn More

Masters (TO)

If you are attending your third or more of our DT thinkfests in Toronto, you will be recognized as a DesignThinkers Master, demonstrating your keen interest to connect with and grow alongside your ever-evolving design colleagues.

Thinking about becoming an RGD member? Now is your chance to join! Learn more.

  • Patti Adair

    Unitron Global

  • Kyle Atkinson

    Craft Design House

  • John Bitonti

    Choice Hotels Canada Inc.

  • Alex Blackwell

    Toronto Transit Commission

  • Amanda Boltë RGD

    Associate Creative Director Arcane

  • Munro Cullen

    CBC

  • Chrisanne Daniel RGD

    NORCAT

  • Melissa Deschenes RGD

    Partner Design de Plume

  • Janice Van Eck RGD

    Art Director Janice Van Eck R.G.D.

  • Celina Fischer RGD

    Creative Director CBC News

  • Ellen Foster RGD

    Master Builder Fusion Design Group

  • Miranda Fragomeni

    Design de Plume Inc.

  • Peter Gabany RGD

    Creative Director Limelight Advertising & Design

  • Jesse Gibb RGD

    Owner Gibb Design

  • Wendy Gray RGD

    Founder and Creative Director Gravity Inc.

  • Pamela Hemphill-White

    CIBC Mellon GSS

  • Niel Havemann

    Forge Media & Design

  • Robin Honey RGD

    President Honey Design

  • Michelle Hopgood RGD

    Graphic and Information Designer Martin Prosperity Institute

  • Timothy Jones RGD

    President & Creative Director Banfield

  • Trinette Klein

    The Regional Municipality of York

  • Jean Leclair RGD

    Supervisor, Creative Services Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC)

  • Emerald Lee RGD

    Senior Designer Gravity Inc.

  • Laura Lehming

    Toronto Transit Commission

  • Gareth Lind RGD

    Graphic Designer LINDdesign

  • Brent Long RGD

    Director, Client Happiness Fusion Design Group Inc.

  • Meg Lynch RGD

    Senior Designer Forge Media & Design

  • Helena Maaranen RGD

    Production Artist Manulife

  • Karen Marshall RGD

    Senior Document Specialist The Regional Municipality of York

  • Elyse Maxwell RGD

    Intermediate Graphic Designer Patch Design

  • Yael Maayani

    UJA Federation of Greater Toronto

  • Wendy Millard RGD

    Creative Director Empire Life

  • Daniela Misetic

    Moneris

  • Ramona Moore

    Teva Canada Ltd.

  • Angelo Morano RGD

    Graphic Designer McCormick

  • Monique Oyagi

    The Regional Municipality of York

  • Laura Piche RGD

    Manager, Global Marketing The Redpath Group

  • Sarah Prouse RGD

    VP, Creative Possibilities Fusion Design Group Inc.

  • Glenda Rissman

    q30 design inc.

  • Jennica Robinson

    Design de Plume Inc.

  • Peter Scott RGD

    Principal q30 design inc.

  • Beverley Stephens

    CIBC Mellon GSS

  • Victor Szeto RGD

    Senior Designer Green Living Enterprises

  • Lorrie Torreda RGD

    Graphic Designer Lorrie Torreda Design

  • Deanna Tosto RGD

    Graphic Design & Production Specialist Ontario Centres of Excellence

  • Stüssy Tschudin RGD

    Principal Forge Media + Design

  • Doron Weintraub

    The Regional Municipality of York

  • Chad Weiss

    Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB)

ThinkTanks (TO)

What is a ThinkTank? The following organizations have displayed a commitment to creativity, design thinking, and ultimately to their employees by sending five or more members of their team to Toronto for DesignThinkers.

It is a great way to inspire and motivate your creative team. Register your team.