RGD HeadStart Conference: Part 2

The second half of the RGD HeadStart conference was just as jam-packed with useful information as the first half, plus with extra free goodies (seen above). The presentations exceeded my expectations and made me think about things I wouldn’t have otherwise considered such as how to be a successful freelancer. I also got much needed advice on how to approach interviews, and how to lessen the anxiety when it comes to networking. During the talks, we were encouraged to tweet pieces of information and quotes that we found valuable during the conference. To my utter surprise, I was selected as one of the winners of the contest. I received a book called Playing with Sketches: 50 Creative Exercises for Designers and Artists by Whitney Sherman. As a book lover and artist, I was over the moon. I now have a way to help combat art-block, and I can fill my sketchbooks with new ideas.

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UX Design in the Realm of Startups

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This week we had the ever dapper Genco Cebecioglu,  CEO and Creative Director of Junction Design, speak to us about UX design for startups.  Junction Design is a Toronto based visual identity, UI/UX design studio. Their clients include Mobilicity, Virgin Gaming, and Metrix Group, to name a few. Genco had a lot to say about the successes and pitfalls of starting your own business, so if you’re ever planning to do that, you might want to read this.

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Show ‘Em Your Chops! (Design Chops, Not Pork Chops)

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Brad Huffman and Norma Penner from Sapient Nitro came to visit us to talk about their experience in the design industry. They got us pumped for the work life ahead! Sapient Nitro is a design agency that focuses on connecting consumers with brands by combining brand advertising, digital marketing, experience innovation and omni-channel commerce. Unlike other agencies, Sapient is purely digital. They have 35 offices worldwide, and their Toronto branch has over 300 employees. The company takes on the personalities of their clients instead of expecting their clients to be like them. It works out in the long run because that would pretty much guarantee a satisfied client — who doesn’t want that? Their presentation highlighted the importance of showcasing your design chops. If you can cook some mean pork chops,  too, that’s also a good asset.

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What a treat! First week ends on a sweet note

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We’re spoiled rotten in our Professional Topics class. This week we got a special box of cupcakes from our fellow classmate, Matt. While nibbling on these treats we stared at and admired each other’s portfolios. Gosh, the talent in the room was stifling–in a good way! In the coming weeks we’ll be treated to guest speakers from the industry who’ll share words of wisdom, advice, and maybe even their life story. The networking opportunities for this class are endless, we just need to reach out and grab it! I’m humbled and privileged to be a part of this program with such multitalented people. Here are just some of the portfolio pieces:

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