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The Business of Graphic Design: The RGD Professional Handbook

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The Business of Graphic Design: The RGD Professional Handbook is the first and only comprehensive Canadian guide to maintaining a graphic design business.

Used as a text in many design programs across Canada, the Handbook is also the basis for one of the sections of the Online Test as part of the RGD's Certification Process.

The Handbook is now in its third edition, designed by Gilbert Li RGD, Principal, The Office of Gilbert Li. Updates to the Handbook include portrait illustrations by Josephine Guan of Provisional RGD Members, inclusion of the updated Code of Ethics and revisions to the chapter on intellectual property to cover changes to the law and administrative practices.

The Handbook, a go-to for new and seasoned design entrepreneurs alike, covers sustainable design principles, marketing design services, hiring and managing creative talent, administering a design business, sample forms and agreements and more.

There are over 20,000 copies of the Handbook in print.


  • Non-Member: $60
  • Certified RGD, Provisional RGD, Affiliate: $45**
  • Student RGD, RGD Emeritus, Junior Affiliate: $35

**New Certified RGD, Prov RGD and Affiliate Members receive one copy free with the payment of $15 for shipping across North America

Prices do not include tax and shipping.

Special thanks to RGD Print Partner Flash Reproductions and Paper Partner Domtar for their contributions of the printing and paper for the new books.

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