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Insights from Week 2 of DesignReThinkers 2021

November 19, 2021
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"I became truly inspired by the ways in which designers around the world have taken my fonts and made them a part of the Black Lives Matter and other movements."
Tré Seals
Founder, Vocal Type

The second week of RGD’s annual DesignThinkers Conference showed us the path forward; designing with passion, purpose and positivity.

Here are some takeaways from presentations and discussions over our second week. Check out more on social media using the hashtag #rgdDT.

“A lot of your success as a freelancer comes from people being invested in you as a person.”
— Jessica Hische, Lettering Artist & Author

“Part of being an artist (designers are artists) is having a particular point of view and sharing that point of view through your work.”
— Lisa Congdon, Fine Artist, Illustrator & Writer

“We have to learn and teach our companies to focus on outcomes instead of outputs.”
— Stephen Gates, Senior VP, Omni-channel Product Design, WW
(formerly Weight Watchers)

“When creating communities remember that there is a reality outside our own reality and outside our design bubble.”
— Marissa Korda, Staff Designer, Shopify

“I became truly inspired by the ways in which designers around the world have taken my fonts and made them a part of the Black Lives Matter and other movements.”
— Tré Seals, Founder, Vocal Type

“If we don’t know where our roots are or where our identity lies, how can we move forward?”
— Mark Rutledge CGD RGD, Lead Designer, Animikii Inc.

“We really need to understand if culture is helping our organization or hurting our organization. At the end of the day, culture is unspoken behavioural mindsets and social patterns.”
— Keni Thacker, Chief Diversity Creative, Keni Thacker LLC

“There’s no guarantee that the websites, news organizations, publications or social media platforms that we currently know will exist into the future, let alone preserve the massive amounts of content created for them.”
— Maurice Cherry, Principal and Creative Director, Lunch

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