I had intended to join the GDC (Canada’s professional graphic design organization) some time ago. But life, and a frightening application process, kept me from making the effort until recently. While not impossible, joining the GDC at the professional level requires you submit yourself, and your work, to some amount of scrutiny. Enough at least to cause a few stress-filled weeks despite my self-confidence in my practice and abilities.

I’ve just received confirmation that I’ve been accepted as a Professional Certified Graphic Designer with the Alberta North chapter of the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada. I guess that makes me Taylor Garries, CGD. Time to order some new business cards.

What is a CGD?

For practicing designers, including web and new media designers, professional design educators and design administrators with at least seven years of graphic design education and professional practice.

From the GDC website.