ico-D applauds RGD Student Members growing social campaign

20 January 2015
RGD Student Representatives are issuing a call to the creative community to speak out against Canada 150 contest and other requests for speculative work by sharing the message 'My Time Has Value'.  

Reacting to the Canadian government's logo contest for the 150th anniversary of Confederation, the Association of Registered Graphic Designers (RGD) Student Members are taking a stand against competitions such as this, which exploit students - and all designers - by asking them to spend time and effort creating work that, unless selected, will never be recognized or compensated for.

"Students are busy preparing for a future career in a world where they can be paid for the work that they do. Think about how important it is that potential clients, like the government, recognize that your worth as a designer needs to be compensated, so that you can make a living once you graduate,

We hope to raise awareness of this exploitative practice and start a conversation about why we will not participate in a contest that undervalues the professional abilities of all designers."

- Sam Campbell and Daniela Luchetta, Co-Chairs of the RGD Student Rep Committee

Sam, Daniela and other members of the RGD Student Rep Committee have begun by sharing photos with the #MyTimeHasValue message on RGD's Flickr page, and are encouraging other students, professional designers and members of the creative community to do the same. The campaign has since been shared on social media by thousands and has earned national news coverage via multiple media outlets, underscoring the significance of this issue among creative professionals across the country.
ico-D encourages designers and members of the creative community to show your support for this initiative and to join the movement and support the future of the design industry:

See full article and read about how you can participate!

 For more information on the #MyTimeHasValue initiative, email .