LAUNCH! Career Development Conference

GDC BC’s annual career development conference for design students, graduates, educators, and employers.

LAUNCH! (formerly POGO), is a two-day GDC/BC initiative aiming to help new and budding designers launch toward a successful design career. This event provides an unparalleled opportunity for attendees to learn new skills, connect with peers, receive guidance navigating their career path and inspire creative thinking. 

The two-day event (13th -14th October,2017) includes a tour of three design studios plus a tour of MET Fine Printers, followed by an evening networking social, education fair, projects review and creative workshops.



Friday, Oct 13, 2017 - 1:00pm to 5:30pm (Registration opens at 12:30pm - MET Fine Printers - 1435 East Pender Street, Vancouver )

Studio tours: 

MET Fine Printers

Ion Brand Design


Public: Architecture + Communication

$25 GDC (student) Members

$45 Non-Members



Friday, Oct 13, 2017 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Location: Dubh Linn Gate  (1601 Main Street, Vancouver)

FREE (All designers are welcomed)



EDUCATION FAIR (at Langara College)

Interest in Design? Want to learn about design programs in BC? Twelve design schools in Greater Vancouver will provide information required to pursue an education and ultimately a career in the world of design.


  • BCIT
  • Brainstation
  • Capilano University
  • Emily Carr University
  • Kwantlen University
  • Langara College
  • La Salle College
  • Red Academy
  • VanArts
  • Vancouver Community College
  • Vancouver Film School
  • Vancouver Island University
  • University of Fraser Valley

Saturday, Oct 14, 2017 - 10am to 1pm

Location: Langara College (T building - Science and Technology)

Open to Public: FREE



Saturday, Oct 14, 2017 - 9:30am to 12:30pm (Registration opens at 9am)

The GDC/BC Launch! project (and/or portfolio) review is open to recent graduates aspiring to enter into a career in communication design and to students currently enrolled in a design program. These young designers get the opportunity to show their portfolio or work in progress to several industry professionals to obtain insightful and constructive advice about their current portfolios. This is a great opportunity to practice 'real-world' interview skills and receive honest feedback in a non-competitive environment. This is also a great opportunity to network with the who's who in the Vancouver design community.

$15 GDC (student) Members

$35 Non-Members



Saturday, Oct 14, 2017 - 1:30pm to 4:30pm (Registration opens at 1:00pm)

Workshop 1 

Create a UX Portfolio

What’s a UX portfolio? What’s the different between a design portfolio and a UX portfolio? What’s UX, UI and IA? Why is it important to have Case Studies? To launch your career in UX Design, join us and get some tips on how to structure your UX Design portfolio. 

** This is a hand-on workshop, bring one of your project.

Workshop 2

Brand, Market and Network

Learn the essentials of how to brand and market yourself, covering everything from differentiating yourself to expanding your network, locally or globally. Workshop delivered by Rick Sloboda, who founded Webcopy+ in 2006, has 22,000 followers on LinkedIn, and works with agencies and businesses around the globe. 


$15 GDC (student) Members

$25 Non-Members


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Call for Senior Members: Agency managers, copywriters, art directors, UX / UI professionals, senior designers, photographers, and creative wunderkinds - the GDC BC needs you! Please RSVP here!

Volunteer your time as a portfolio reviewer and give practical advice to those who want to break into the industry Who knows? You just might meet your next employee!  To volunteer, contact 

Not a GDC member? Now is the time to consider. Members save money on registration for all GDC events, including LAUNCH and Practivism (coming November 2017). To find out more about membership, visit or talk to the GDC BC Membership Chair at