What is RGD? Association of Registered Graphic Designers


The RGD designation is your assurance of an experienced and qualified professional.

Professional graphic design effectively positions products or services in the marketplace. Good design can make a company more visible, more sophisticated, smarter, faster, more powerful and more desirable than the competition.

Professional graphic design ensures a fully integrated solution that conveys the concept, the message and the positioning of your organization. A Registered Graphic Designer partners with you to integrate every phase of your communication needs.

Registered Graphic Designers have the expertise that can help your organization communicate, sell and profit. They are knowledgeable in areas of communications, technology and business. RGDs are governed by the Rules of Professional Conduct of the Association.

Daniel Francavilla, Founder and Creative Director of Now Creative Group, is a Provisional RGD Member.

What Defines a Registered Graphic Designer?

A qualified, experienced professional

Registered Graphic Designers are professionals who have been granted the right to use the RGD designation, signifying their education, training and experience in graphic design and their ability to practice in the profession and perform to the standard of competence specified by the Association of Registered Graphic Designers (RGD) and the Examination Board for Registered Graphic Designers.

Connected to a network of industry suppliers

Registered Graphic Designers have access to a network of suppliers, services and allied professions often needed in assembling their team to execute simple or complex projects in the practice of graphic design: illustrators, photographers and other image resources, printers and paper suppliers, web programmers and product manufacturers, to name a few, in addition to professionals in other design disciplines such as industrial and interior design.

A problem-solver

Registered Graphic Designers have the knowledge, experience and skills to assess and solve problems and to provide strategies and solutions that help organizations and people to further their goals and objectives.


Registered Graphic Designers enter into professional, con-tractual agreements with clients. They fulfill their commitments in a responsible manner and work to the best of their ability to match or exceed expected outcomes.


Registered Graphic Designers are subject to and governed by the Association’s Rules of Professional Conduct, a guide for an ethical, professional practice of graphic design that details their professional responsibilities to clients, the profession, the government and the community.


Registered Graphic Designers constantly augment their knowledge by staying current with and integrating into their work best practices and tools, including new information on sustainability, consumer trends, demographics, research methodologies, printing processes, advanced technologies and efficiencies.

Passionate and serious about design

Registered Graphic Designers are committed professional members of the Association who understand the importance of a strong voice to advance the practice of graphic design and enhance awareness of the important role and value that design brings to business, society and culture.

For more information, please visit RGD.ca. This information is available in a downloadable PDF.