Reviewing portfolios for RGD

I’ve been invited several times to review student portfolios for my design organization, the Registered Graphic Designers of Ontario. Yesterday, I participated in my first professional review, and it was an awesome experience. Together with two other RGD members, we interviewed candidates to determine whether or not they are fit to be members. Applicants must prove that they can articulate their role in a project and that they have a good grasp of the design challenges encountered in it. Good work, overall!


>Pulse Magazine

>Art Director, Designer: Gil Martinez, RGD
Illustrators: Gérard Dubois (If leadership…), Megan Halsey (Dorothy Wilie)

Pulse Magazine is the official publication of the Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing at the University of Toronto. This exciting re-design was a fun and rewarding project. The client requested a book that looked less corporate and appealed to nurses of different ages. These are the results.

>Golfstyle Magazine

>Art Director, designer, photo retoucher: Gil Martinez, RGDPhotographers: George Whiteside (fashion and cover), Elaine Aquan-Yuen (equipment)Models: Doug and Antonia: XXXXFashion makeup: Marinella InfanteFashion styling: Amandia ReeseFashion production: Anita Draycott

Golfstyle is the best fashion magazine for golfers in Canada. These four spreads were part of the Spring 2011 issue. Fashion was shot on location at the new Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida. Equipment was shot in the photographer’s studio. The magazine has received much praise. In fact, the Dutch Golf Weekly rated Golfstyle the number 1 source for golf fashion worldwide.

>Mentoring the youngins

>I’ve been reviewing student portfolios at the Registered Graphic Designers of Ontario student conference Headstart since 2009. As part of the event, established pros review portfolios and offer advice to improve both the work and the presentation. This year I saw two good books and one that really knocked my socks off (that’s me in the plaid shirt). Good work in Ontario Schools!