It feels strange to be talking about how I became a Registered Graphic Designer (RGD) member, considering I’ve been a part of the organization since my first year of college almost 10 years ago, but over the summer that’s exactly what I did.
In 2003 I was diagnosed with testicular cancer at the age of 31. My wife and I had only been married a year. Fusion was still “young”. I was referred to Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) by my family doctor for surgery, and they removed the affected testicle. After two years of monthly tests, the doctors were worried that there were still signs of the disease, and in 2005 I did a month of radiation. Twenty years from the original diagnosis, fingers crossed, it still appears to be in remission. I was lucky.
We were asked by RGD Canada to participate in their country-wide virtual studio crawl. We were pretty excited about sharing our workspace(s) with everyone. And while we don’t have a typical office—we thought it would be interesting for others to see how the hybrid thing works for us.
Fusion’s history goes back 28 years. At 50 years old, that’s more than half of my life invested in this studio. My work and life balance hasn’t been so much a separation of the two, but interwoven experiences revolving around people. Great (and not-so-great) creatives, great (and not-so-great) clients, and so many friends, family, suppliers, mentors, etc. All of these individuals have helped shape Fusion into what it is today.