The Professional Graphic Design Association (PGDA) has officially launched with the announcement of an elected Board of Directors from across the globe. Elected officers to the Executive Committee are Catherine (Cat) Morley, (Bangkok, Thailand), President; Robert Wurth, (Lincoln, Nebraska, USA), Vice President; Mark Astrella, (Maui, Hawaii, USA), Secretary; and Jeanette Wickham, (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia), Treasurer. Members of the Board include Jeff Fisher (Portland, Oregon, USA), Habib Bajrami (Mississauga, Toronto, Canada), Neil Tortorella (Canton, Ohio, USA), Alina Hagen (Los Angeles, California, USA), and Steve Douglas (Mississauga, Ontario, Canada).
The PGDA is a grass roots, international non-profit professional organization with a client (buyers of design) focus. Through their Code of Ethics and Professional Standards, the PGDA will target clients and designers, spreading the value of ethical conduct and professional business practice within the design industry.
The leadership of the PGDA has set ambitious goals for its first year. “I believe the international graphic design community has long awaited an association such as the PGDA — Our overall aim is to create an improved working relationship between clients and designers by providing an excellent one-stop business resource for clients. The PGDA organisation will be formed from top rated members supporting a code of professional business practices.” said Catherine (Cat) Morley, President.
In the coming months the PGDA will be running surveys out of the new PGDA blog to determine the combined needs of clients and designers. Each month survey results will be analyzed and posted. Your opinions are invaluable and participation whenever possible is most welcome.
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