I'm a certified RGD! What that is and how it is good for my clients.

In June 2018 I finally crossed a big item off my bucket list: I got my Registered Graphic Designer certification. I am now Karen Jorritsma, RGD! I want to share why I went through this process and how it will benefit my clients.

 

What is an RGD?

Registered Graphic Designers (RGD's) have undergone a certification process from the Association of Registered Graphic Designers that verifies their education, training and experience in the industry and confirms their ability to perform to a high standard of competence. Through certification, designers demonstrate an understanding of business best practices, accessible design principles, research methods and ethics, and the application of strategic design principles to marketing and communications challenges.

 

How is this good for my clients?

  1. You have the assurance that Bolster Design is run professionally, ethically and adheres to industry best practices. Registered Graphic Designers are governed by the Association’s Rules of Professional Conduct that outlines our responsibilities to clients, the profession, the government and the community. 

  2. I am a problem solver. I have shown that I have the knowledge, experience and skills to assess and solve problems and to provide strategies and solutions that help clients to further their goals and objectives.

  3. As an RGD, I have access to a network of suppliers, services and allied professions that might be needed on complex design jobs. Professionals like illustrators, photographers, printers and paper suppliers, web programmers and product manufacturers, to name a few.

  4. My qualifications have been verified. There are many untrained individuals who claim to offer “design services”. They may know how to use software but have inadequate education, training or knowledge of the principles of design and the design process. They may provide artwork that cannot be commercially printed, or fail to understand the complexities of a client’s needs and misrepresent their true abilities.

  5. RGD's stay up-to-date with their knowledge of best practices and tools, including information on sustainability, consumer trends, demographics, research methodologies, printing processes etc.

Being an RGD comes with big benefits. The work I do for your company will be to a high standard, and your interactions with myself and Bolster Design will be professional and ethical. Isn't that great to hear?

 

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Karen Jorritsma RGD

I received my official certification in June 2018! I am proud to be a part of this forward-thinking organization, and willingly contribute to this supportive community of inspiring, talented professionals. I look forward to passing on these benefits to my clients!

HOW DID I BECOME certified?

  • I met the education requirement by graduating from an accredited graphic design institution (Sheridan College)

  • I met the experience requirement with over 15+ years graphic design experience (minimum requirement is 7 years)

  • I submitted 6 case studies of my work for evaluation

  • I completed an online test on business principals, ethics and accessibility

  • I presented my case studies to a panel of designers for review and feedback

Through this process I showed competence in the areas of business, design principles, research and ethics.

 

I received my official certification in June 2018! I am proud to be a part of this forward-thinking organization, and willingly contribute to this supportive community of inspiring, talented professionals. I look forward to passing on these benefits to my clients!

For more information on what an RGD is and the certification process, visit www.rgd.ca

Some content from the RGD publication "What is an RGD?"