Posted Tue April 30
Updated June 5

Browse our Fall 2019 Electives

Advising period has begun. Registration for fall courses begins on May 7th. We are still adding courses to Student Planning, but we have a list of our intended offerings here on and will update it with new information as it becomes available. Meet with your advisers now to plan the upcoming semester (and beyond). You may see Department policies on ISPs and 16+ credits at
Deadline: Sat, April 27

Design Guild Apply Now!

The RISD Design Guild is a student-run design studio based here on campus. Each year, our group designs posters, t-shirts, videos and more for events like Artist Ball, the Yearbook, New Student Orientation, Lawn Party, and many others.

We're looking for talented designers from all majors to join our group! You can get a sense of what we do through our website:

If you’re interested in applying to this paid position, send us an email at before Saturday, April 27th.
Wed April 24, 5pm
GD Commons

Tomasz Bierkowski on Design, Research & Education

Tomasz Bierkowski is a designer, trainer and researcher of visual communication at Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice. Specializes in publication, information and visual identity systems design. He publishes texts on typography and visual communication, author of the books O typografii [On Typography], Type for Solidarity and Typography for Humanists.
Wed April 17, 3:30–5:30pm
GD Commons

☯ Hangul 한글 Workshop 워크숍 ☯

Find out why Hangul, the Korean alphabet, is considered to be one of the most elegant writing systems in the world. June Shin will lead a part-lecture, part-lettering workshop in the GD Commons. Open to anyone interested. Familiarity with Hangul not required. Love of form absolutely required. First come, first serve, as the space permits. Bring a roll of masking tape and some square-tip markers (plus any mark-making tools of your choice—ink, paint, brush, etc.—if you want).
Thu April 11 – Sun, April 21
GD Commons

As, not for... Dethroning our Absolutes

The Graphic Design Department presents an incomplete historical survey of work created by African-American graphic designers from 1865–1999 curated by designer Jerome Harris. Located in GD Commons from April 11 until April 21 and roving various locations on campus.

Closing weekend party, Friday, April 19. More information on the @asnotfor Instagram. Generously supported by the RISD Office of Social Equity and Inclusion (SEI).
Fri April 6 – Sun, April 21
Sol Koffler

On the Edge of Normal: MFA GD Biennial

“On the Edge of Normal,” the MFA GD Biennial, is open 12–6pm daily from Friday, April 6 until Sunday April 21st at RISD's Sol Koffler Gallery on 69 Weybosset Street. The exhibition opening is on Thursday evening, April 5th, from 7 until 9pm.

Exhibit was organized and curated by current MFA students and shows work from the last two years of the Graduate Program.
Thu Apr 4, 6:30pm
CIT 103

Visiting Designer Lecture: Laurel Schwulst

Laurel Schwulst (RISD BFA GD 2010) is an artist, designer, and writer. She operates Beautiful Company, a design practice, and teaches at both Yale and Rutgers. Previously, she was creative director of The Creative Independent and worked at the New York-based design studio Linked by Air. Her book Perfume Area (Ambient Works, 2015), coauthored with Sydney Shen, contemplates thirty-six designer fragrances.

She will discuss her new project, Flight Simulator, a mobile app available for download.
Thu Mar 14, 6:30pm
CIT 103

Visiting Designer Lecture: Chris Lee Chris Lee is a graphic designer and educator based Buffalo, NY, and Toronto, ON. He is a graduate of ocadu (toronto) and the Sandberg Instituut (Amsterdam), and has worked for The Walrus Magazine, Metahaven and Bruce Mau Design. Through the genres of currency and documents, Chris’ research explores graphic design’s entanglement with power, standards, and legitimacy. Chris is an Assistant Professor at the University at Buffalo SUNY; a graphic design research fellow of Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam (2017/18); and a participant of the fifth edition of the Summer University of the Bibliotheque Kandinsky at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris.
Wed Mar 13, 2:30pm
RISD Careers

Alumni Panel: Life of a Graphic Designer

Learn about the diverse professional opportunities that employ the unique skills and talents of RISD graphic designers, and gain insights from the career paths of those who are working in areas including publishing, branding, experiential design, systems design, technology, and wayfinding. Moderated by James Goggin and includes these alumni:

Phoebe Morrison BFA 2017, frog design

Jason Fujikuni BFA 2017, NY Times

Jenn Cash, MFA 2006, Language Dept.

Andy Chen, MFA 2013, Isometric

Philippe Cao BFA 2014, Google

Yolanda Lam MFA D+M 2017, Digitas
Mon Mar 11, 10am–1pm
DC 103

Resumé Review 🍩

If you’d like a pair of eyes on your resumé (or portfolio), come by the GD Commons on Monday, March 11th from 10am until 1pm. GD faculty and graduate students will be on hand to look over your materials in preparation for Design Portfolio Review.

Donuts and coffee on hand.
Thu Mar 7, 6-7:30pm
Woods Gerry

Endless Scroll: The 2019 GD Senior Show

The GD Senior Show opens Thursday, March 7 at 6pm at Woods-Gerry Gallery. Drinks, snacks and good cheer served. Work for sale. Open until 7:30pm.
Fri Mar 8, 5:30pm
DC 103

Faculty Search Lecture: Jerome Harris

Jerome Harris is a graphic designer, educator, writer, and curator. He holds an MFA from Yale University. His exhibition As, Not For: Dethroning Our Absolutes featuring work created by African-American graphic designers during the last century, is currently traveling to design schools throughout the US.

More on Jerome at
Wed Mar 13, 5:30pm
DC 103

Faculty Search Lecture: Mindy Seu

Mindy Seu is a designer working in user experience and interactive design, with a studio practice heavily informed by cybercultural studies. She is currently a fellow at the Berkman Klein Center for the Internet & Society (BKC) at Harvard and former fellow at the Internet Archive.

More on Mindy at
Fri Mar 15, 5:30pm
DC 103

Faculty Search Lecture: Nicole Killian

Nicole Killian’s work uses graphic design, publishing, video, objects and installation to investigate how the structures of the internet, mobile messaging, and shared online platforms affect contemporary interaction and shape cultural identity from a queer perspective.

More on Nicole at
Wed Mar 20, 5:30pm
DC 103

Faculty Search Lecture: Kelsey Elder

Kelsey Elder is a designer and artist whose studio practice investigates the overlaps of car culture, signage, and strip mall landscapes as space making practices and perpetuators of contemporary conditions in American graphic design.

More on Kelsey at