New RSA Fellowship cards

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Our brand new Fellowship cards have landed! Founder and Creative Director of Together Design, Katja Thielen FRSA, explains the thinking behind them.

My first contact with the RSA was about 14 years ago when I was lucky enough to be selected for the RDI Summer School. It was a transformative experience. We spent four days with inspirational designers from the industry, brainstorming and debating new ideas. Tucked away in the south Devon countryside in Dartington Hall, we had nothing to worry about except to concentrate on a loose brief that was set to stimulate debate and thought.

I remember being so very inspired as our brains were challenged in ways that I hadn't experienced before. Meeting a body of like-minded people encouraged me to move on in my life and shortly after the summer school I co-founded my own design consultancy, Together Design.

It was a pleasure and honour when we were asked to design the new Fellowship cards. The RSA provides a powerful global platform for independent debate and research, creating a foundation to encourage innovative thinking, which often grows into pioneering action. We wanted to take this concept to bring to life the Fellowship network through illustration. 


Our aim was to create something which was thought-provoking and full of imagination that Fellows would be proud to carry with them. The final image was created with Adam Simpson, a London based illustrator whom we have worked with on previous occasions.

I hope you'll enjoy your new fellowship card as much as we do!



Hover over the images to see what Fellows are saying about their new Fellowship card:

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  • As a lecturer in marketing (retired) I have to point out that a design that needs to be explained is one that doesn't work! There is a risk that marketing design slides into pretension. This card, whilst not unpleasant, has made this error.

  • This card represents perfectly the ideals proposed by RSA, congratulations!

  • Just received mine and a great design, well done and thank you.  Are you able to offer a good resolution copy that we could perhaps use on Social Media?

    • Hi Peter, 

      Thank you so much for the positive feedback. Unfortunately we're unable to provide Fellows with their own version of the image due to our licence with the design agency - I'm sorry. 

    • I second Peter's idea. Would be proud to use the image on my website and elsewhere around the web.

      • Hi Ian, 

        Thanks for the great feedback. Unfortunately the licence we have the design agency means we're unable to provide Fellows with a high-res version to use for themselves.

  • Fabulous design - well done! Looking forward to receiving mine. 

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