Design at Work is an annual juried exhibition of professional graphic design that demonstrates how design creates value for business. The criteria for each submission is that it must be accompanied by a miniature case study of how design can impact the client’s ability to communicate messages to key stakeholders and convey qualities with clarity, consistency and energy.
I appreciated the definition of our industry in this year’s book. “Graphic Design is an interdisciplinary, problem-solving activity that combines visual sensitivity with skill and a knowledge in areas of communications, technology and business. Graphic designers specialize in the structuring and organizing of visual information to aid communication and orientation.” For years I’ve been explaining my career vocation to everyone from my parents to friends. I think this sums it up well.
The “connect-the-dots” concept explores the winning value of design in the world of business. By connecting the dots, or drawing in what’s missing, design helps us see what’s already there. Whatever the medium, design visualizes information into something we can identify and relate to. In essence, design completes the picture.
For the various award sections, similar interplay of image and connect-the-dots illustration carries the concept and appropriately reflects the category of design represented.
While the juried process is stringent and the bar very high, the bonus for us this year was that one of our pieces was also selected by the judges for honourable mention and profiled in both the book and exhibition. To be numbered among the best our province has to offer in design communications made our involvement even more rewarding.
“On behalf of the Board of Directors and the members of RGD Ontario, I want to thank you and everyone at Riordon for the beautiful design of the Design at Work 2008 book and exhibit.”
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