This webinar series is an initiative of the RGD Student Rep Committee. These monthly presentations provide an opportunity for students to benefit from the insight of professional designers with real-world experience and discover opportunities to learn beyond the classroom in the wider design community.

About Joel Derksen Prov RGD
As a communication designer with IDEO’s Munich studio, Joel helps create compelling narratives that offer brands a glimpse into untapped opportunities, both in terms of developing new offerings and strategies for growth, and redefining existing products. Well-versed in the art of storytelling, he leads companies through the innovation process, always seeking to encourage action and an enthusiasm for change.

Prior to IDEO, Joel was a designer with several Toronto advertising and design agencies, primarily on projects involving the fast-moving consumer goods, liquor and automotive industries.

Joel received his bachelor’s in design from the Ontario College of Art and Design. He is also the recipient of several design awards, including a 2014 HOW International Design Award, the Graphic Design USA Packaging Award (2014), and a gold award from the Art Director’s Club of Canada.

Whether on-the-job or off, Joel has a passion for making things and in his rare free-time may be found brushing up his bookbinding or letterpress skills, or applying said skills to the never-ending onslaught of friends’ wedding invitations.

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