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Dec 18, 2022

Agency, Studio, Freelance or In-House?

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Ah, the big one: what environment do you want to work in? This panel will delve into the opportunities and challenges that arise with different workplaces.

Moderator: Ashley Tomlinson Prov. RGD, Freelance Graphic Designer


Daniela Buitrago Prov. RGD, Design and Creative Direction at Oh Manova Design Studio

Daniela is a forever-curious-student passionate about design, art and technology. Daniela holds a Bachelor of Design from Emily Carr University of Art & Design and a Diploma in Art History from the University of British Columbia. Currently, Daniela is finishing a Master's degree in Branding and Brand Communication from SHIFTA by Elisava. In between her education adventures, she has worked as an in-house graphic designer, and she also volunteers as a member of the RGD's Education Committee. Nowadays, when Daniela is not busy studying and working as a freelance designer under her new one-woman design studio, Oh Manova, you can find her walking on Vancouver's seawall listening to podcasts, and always with fruity tea.

Pansy Cheung Prov. RGD, Senior Strategic Designer at Klick in Toronto

Pansy graduated with honours from the recognized York Sheridan Bachelor of Design program. As a design strategist, Pansy works alongside agency teams to provide design expertise, solution design and discovery, as well as storytelling applications to client facing and internal projects. She is also passionate about advocating for how designers can contribute their skills on a strategic level in non-design industries, and runs her own pitch design studio for female startup founders: The Visual Narrative Company.

Chrisanne Daniel Prov. RGD, UX-UI Designer at HARD-LINE in Sudbury

Chrisanne is a designer, third culture kid and self proclaimed do-gooder. As a UI/UX Designer she works to create, enhance and ensure user experiences are meaningful, relevant, informative and delightful. Over her career she has worked in a marketing agency, as an in-house designer and now as the sole designer as part of a software development team. Chrisanne is a passionate and dedicated volunteer and community builder and has found that volunteering is not only fulfilling and meaningful, but it has provided her career with endless opportunities and growth.

Cedric Gagnon Prov. RGD, Motion Designer at Le Devoir in Montreal

Cedric is a Montréal based graphic designer who’s been working since 2018 for Le Devoir, a trustworthy newspaper looking to reach new audiences through social media, videos, and innovative web-based projects. He previously studied graphic design at Cégep de Sherbrooke and UQAM, where he learned that he knew nothing and that fun was the essence of good design. Invariably seeking better solutions, his creative approach tends to be minimalist and playful.