Becoming a Certified Graphic Designer



Update! I am now a full-fledged card carrying member of the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada. Read about it here.

I’m working toward becoming a professional member of the GDC – Society of Graphic Designers of Canada.

For those who aren’t aware, to join the association requires an extensive portfolio review. Acceptance will allow me, among other things, the privilege of adding the coveted letter designation CGD – certified graphic designer  – to my name. It’s really a lot of work. I’ve  considered those “what if” or “if only” scenarios, listened and weighed the arguments for and against and finally decided: Let’s do this. I spent a Saturday morning attending a GDC portfolio workshop over at Andrew Boardman’s Manoverboard office. Enlightening, informative, in many ways the workshop confirmed my decision.

The Winnipeg design community is small, yet when I began my business in 2001, I hardly knew anyone. Over a decade later, I think the biggest reason for joining the GDC is community. And the camaraderie amongst peers and professionals. I’m looking forward that to connection.


Deadline for submissions is Monday, January 23, 2012, 5:00 pm

Why did you join?