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RGD, in partnership with the Rotman School of Management asked Jacknife for a fresh design approach to their Inaugural DesignThinker of the Year Award. The award honours an outstanding corporate leader who has driven business success by utilizing sustained design thinking to problem solve, communicate, and ultimately innovate.

The RGD DesignThinker of the Year Award was created using a collaborative process that engaged 20 multi-disciplinary designers at Jacknife. The team spent 3 weeks exploring the central theme of “visually representing the design thinking process”. The resulting idea reinterpreted a traditional thinking icon, the human skull.

One would typically argue a great idea forms independently in your head with an “Ah-ha” moment, but design thinking is all about building ideas upon ideas. Rather than create a skull from one surface, it is made from hundreds of polygons representing the complex, non-linear relationship ideas have during the collaborative process of design thinking.

Congratulations to David Labistour from MEC, recipient of the first RGD DesignThinker of the Year Award.