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Register October 24 & 25, 2019 Meridian Hall (formerly Sony Centre)

DesignThinkers is Canada's largest annual design conference, connecting professionals from around the world. We come together to explore the ideas, trends, strategies and processes driving design communications. And we curate stimulating discussions about design’s impact on business, culture and social innovation.

This year’s DesignThinkers campaign pays tribute to examples of Canadian design with unintended cultural impact: the toonie, our two-dollar coin; CADPAT (for Canadian Disruptive Pattern), the digitally generated camouflage now used worldwide; the polyethylene garbage bag, invented by two Canadians in 1950; the Roberston or square-head screw, another Canadian claim to fame; the flag of the European Union (okay, that actually wasn’t us).

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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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.

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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.