Gladstone Hotel

Call for Submissions

Exhibition dates: November 9 - 18, 2012

Deadline: Monday, September 24, 2012 by 7pm

The Association of Registered Graphic Designers of Ontario and the Gladstone Hotel invite submissions of graphic design projects done under the theme of communication design for social good; work with the power to incite action and make meaningful change in the way we live our lives.

Today important messages have to compete with an almost limitless array of information. As consumers of all this information, we become increasingly skilled at filtering out seemingly irrelevant communication that could otherwise influence the way we think and act for the better.

Today’s graphic designers have an ever greater responsibility to visualize the significant issues facing our society and find new and powerful ways to incite change in the way we behave. When we approach these issues creatively, we can make a real difference in the world. Ultimately, it is time for us to apply our creativity to shift thinking toward alternative solutions to ethical issues that impact our lives and the world we live in.
The Social Good Design Awards is an exhibit that gives voice to the important work designers are doing and can do to change the way we think and act.


RGD and the Gladstone Hotel invite submissions of communication design projects from all designers worldwide. Projects must have been created, conceived or produced between September 1, 2007 and September 1, 2012. Conceptual concepts are welcome. If you have questions about eligibility email:

Each entry must include a project rationale that includes:
  • The issue it addresses
  • The client (if there was one)
  • A description of how the design affects positive change
  • How issues such as sustainability, accessibility and cultural sensitivity have been addressed
  • Any results that have been achieved
  • Submissions must include 1 to 4 images in either EPS, TIFF or PDF format

Step 1: Fill out the entry form online
Step 2: Upload digital files here:
Samples can be included if the entrant so chooses. Samples will be judged by our local judges. Please send to: 96 Spadina Ave. Suite 210, Toronto ON, M5V 2J6

$30 for non-members 

$15 for members* (including members of RGD, GDC, SDGQ and members of other Icograda Associations)

  1. Not-For-Profit Client-Initiated Projects: 
This can include any communications-based projects where a not-for-profit and/or charity is the client. Some examples might be a print-based membership drive for a museum or Association; a non-profit organization’s new brand identity; a website to support an organization’s fundraising.
  2. For Profit Client-Initiated Projects: 
This can include any communications-based projects where a for-profit or publicly funded organization is the client. This might include a website funded by an energy company to reduce energy use; a poster series to promote hand-washing in a hospital or a package design for a soft drink company that raises funds for a charity.
  3. Designer Initiated Projects: 
Work where no client is involved but that where a designer identifies a social cause that they would like to raise awareness for or where they identify a solution to an existing societal challenge. This might include a poster design to raise awareness of a particular issue of concern to the designer; a website design for a petition to demonstrate support of an issue that is of concern to the designer; a communications-based solution to change behaviour that is of concern to the designer.

Selection Criteria
  1. The project effectively promotes action in support of social change.
  2. The project demonstrates originality and creativity through advanced, unusual or clever solutions, uniqueness of materials, originality of components and/or creative use of resources.
  3. The project demonstrates good design, through the elegance and sophistication of core design concepts, the layout and use of space, typography, clever synergies of visual elements, artistic integration, etc.
Claire Dawson R.G.D., Co-founder/co-Creative Director, Underline Studio
Vanessa Eckstein R.G.D., Creative Director, Blok design
Paddy Harrington R.G.D., Executive Creative Director, Bruce Mau Design
Christopher Simmons, Principal, MINE™
Sophie Thomas, Founding Director, thomas.matthews ltd


Winning entrants will be notified in October 2012. Please ensure that all credit information is complete, as this information will be used in the exhibition.

The winning works will be on display in an exhibit at the Gladstone Gallery at the historic Gladstone Hotel from Nov 9 to Nov 18, 2012.

The Association of Registered Graphic Designers of Ontario was created by an Act of the Ontario Legislature to certify graphic designers who have met a rigorous set of standards that includes documented levels of relevant, professional education and experience, as well as demonstrated competence in the areas of business, design principles, research and theory and ethics through successful completion of a written test and portfolio interview. R.G.D.s are prepared and capable to function as effective ethical, professional, responsible communications design practitioners, managers and/or educators.


Design Partner: Clear Space Design & Communications
Print Partner: Flash Reproductions
Paper Partner: Cascades
Signage & Exhibit Partner: Sign Design & Graphics Ltd

Editing Partner: Spellingbee


96 Spadina Avenue, Suite 210

Toronto, ON  M5V 2J6

Phone: 1.888.ARGDONT (274.3668) |

 The entrant hereby grants license to the Association of Registered Graphic Designers of Ontario to reproduce the selected entry in any Association promotional materials, including on the Association’s web site and to distribute entry materials to media. Judges decisions are final. Entry fees are non-refundable. RGD Ontario and The Gladstone Hotel reserve the right to cancel the awards without notice.

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