Mon, Nov 14, 6:00pm
GD Commons

Speaker Series: Silas Munro & Brian Johnson

Silas Munro and Brian Johnson are partners of Polymode, a studio that leads the edge of contemporary graphic design through poetic research, learning experiences, and making cool shit for clients in the cultural sphere, innovative businesses, and community-based organizations. Past collaborations include the City of LA Mayor’s Office, Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, Mark Bradford at the Venice Biennale, and MoMA.

Munro’s writing appears in the book, W. E. B. Du Bois’s Data Portraits: Visualizing Black America published by Princeton Architectural Press. He has been a visiting critic at MICA, RISD, and is Founding Faculty and Chair Emeritus at Vermont College of Fine Arts. Brian Johnson has guest lectured at the School of Visual Arts, Washington University, University of California Santa Barbara, and the Institute for Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University.

This lecture is open to all current RISD students and faculty.
Thu, Nov 3, 6:30pm

Speaker Series: Vanessa Zúñiga Tinizaray

Known as "Amuki" (inner silence), Vanessa Zúñiga Tinizaray is an Ecuadorian designer. Her passion has led her to investigate the visual signs of the ancestral cultures of Latin America. In a stage of globalization, her mission is to design, share and teach people to revalue the Latin American cultural heritage, to amplify and translate it globally. Her intention is to learn to appreciate and celebrate that heritage with pride and without prejudice.

This lecture is open to all current RISD students and faculty via Zoom (Sign up link will be available soon).
Tue, Oct 9, 6:30pm
GD Commons

Speaker Series: Talia Cotton

Talia Cotton is a designer and coder and specializes in the intersection of branding and technology. She is currently leading the design and development of data-driven and algorithmic brand identities at Pentagram with Michael Bierut and Giorgia Lupi, and teaches Advanced Interaction at Parsons School of Design. In 2019 she founded Intro to Coding for Designers, a workshop catered to boost the advancement of the study of code-as-design for the design community. Previously she led her own independent design & coding practice and worked with clients such as Google and MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab, and led digital brand design and development at Champions Design. Recently, she was a main stage speaker at the 2021 International Google Visual Design Summit and a speaker at Design Museum Week 2022, and her work has been recognized by D&AD Awards and TDC Awards. Her practice largely revolves around educating the design community on what’s possible with code, helping them understand how it can be applied successfully with wit and reason, and inspiring them to pursue the study of code as well.

This lecture is open to all current RISD students and faculty.
now through Wed, Oct 5
GD Commons

CALL FOR WORK: New Spaces in GD

Announcing an open call for New Spaces in GD: Reading Room, our department's contribution to Inauguration Weekend (Oct 7–8)! This is a community installation, and I am asking everyone in the department to contribute something to the 2-day installation in the GD Commons in honor of the historic inauguration of President Crystal Williams.

What are new spaces in GD? in design? in education? in culture, in technology? Our hope is that this reading room will push us to stretch, think broadly, and have conversations that challenge us to go beyond where we’ve been. Choose materials that provoke and reflect your ideas about the future. You are welcome to submit anything that visitors can read and enjoy and reproduce in the reading room (the installation will include the collaboratively-assembled library, a photocopy machine, risograph printer, craft table for making your own readers, couches, seating from RISD Furniture, coffee, and snacks!).
You are lending your materials to the reading room for Inauguration weekend, so please pick up your items in the Commons after October 8.
Wed, Sept 14, 4:30pm
GD Commons

Surface Read: Antwerp

In this talk, faculty member Anther Kiley will present work produced during a two month stay in Belgium last spring. Surface Read: Antwerp is a series of high resolution composite photographs of building facades from around the city of Antwerp, manipulated to remove perspective and surrounding context. Flattened and isolated, the facades appear as visual artifacts whose forms and textures can be read, revealing clues about the values that produced them and the histories that shaped them. The work (and talk) explore the complex nature of facades as political and aesthetic forms, existing uncomfortably between 2 and 3 dimensions, between aesthetic ideals and messy realities, and between the desire to make beautiful and the impulse to mark boundaries, obscure, and exclude.

Work on view in the GD Commons through Sept 23. Talk on Wednesday Sept 14 at 4:30pm
Tue, Sept 6, 3:30-5:00pm
GD Commons

RISD GD 🍦 + Welcome!

RISD GD BFA Undergrads, Faculty, and Staff — JOIN US in GD commons on Tuesday September 6 from 3:30–5PM to say welcome back : ) with ice cream and smiling faces. Come say hi and see us for the first time in a long while (or your first time ever)!

Sophomores 3:30–4PM
Juniors 4–4:30PM
Seniors 4:30–5PM

[MFA Grads — welcome back meeting at CIT in grad studio, same day, 1PM]
Fri, June 3, 10-11:30am
31 Canal Walk

Celebration Breakfast + Coffee

Before the Graduate Hooding Ceremony, RISD GD is hosting a breakfast and coffee reception in the GD Commons to celebrate all graduating students (and returning alums), friends, family, faculty, and staff (outside on the canal if the weather's good)!
Fri, June 3, 3:30-5pm
Moore Terrace

Celebration Reception Division of Architecture + Design

After the Graduate Hooding Ceremony, the Division of Architecture and Design will host a celebratory reception for graduating students on Moore Terrace. Students, staff, faculty, family, and friends of Apparel Design, Furniture Design, Graphic Design, Interior Architecture and Landscape Architecture are invited to attend.
Sun, June 5
Design Center

Summer Storage 2022

If you are planning on leaving personal items in your locker over the summer, please attach a note indicating SUMMER STORAGE 2022 with your name and email address. Lockers not marked will be cleaned out after Monday, June 6.

Have a great summer!
Fri, May 27 9am – 5pm
Design Center

Senior DP Reviews + Installations

Please join us for DP Reviews!
Trailers, coffee, pastries in the Commons from 9am

Installations and reviews are open to those in the RISD community and by invitation of the student, please see this Google Sheet for schedule and rooms.
Tues, May 24 10am-4pm
Design Center

Sophomore Reviews 2022

Sophomores Reviews end the year with each student presenting work from their sophomore courses and gaining an overview of where they are in their progress through the RISD GD program. Sophomore Reviews also give the department an opportunity to see the curriculum and how it’s currently working.

Students receive feedback and encouragement from faculty, as well as on-the-spot advising for future areas of improvement. Think of this review as your final Design Studio project for the year—“how do you present 9 months of work in 20 minutes?” You get to design an experience for your faculty audience that reflects where you are now in your education, and what you’re making.

Read more about how to prepare

SCHEDULE<< Check here for times/locations
Wed, May 25 1-4:30pm
Design Center

Junior Reviews 2022

Junior Reviews are a great way to end the year, with each student displaying work and getting a chance to share their progress in the program. Junior Reviews also give the department an opportunity to see the curriculum and how it’s working.

Everyone gets a small area (wall and table space) in the Design Center to display their work, and you’ll be visited by faculty and other guests throughout the afternoon as they travel around the building. They’ll give feedback and encouragement, as well as on-the-spot advising for future areas of improvement. Think of this review as your final Design Studio—“how do you share your unique design voice and perspective?” You get to shape an experience for your faculty audience that reflects who you are as a designer, and what’s important to you.

Read more about how to prepare

Check here for times/locations
Posted May 6, 2022

Browse our Fall 2022 electives

Check out our lineup of RISD GD electives slated for this fall: 12 electives and 5 workshops. These are spread out throughout the week and will accommodate many different kinds of schedules, from sophomores to degree project to thesis.

See the list at
Fri, April 22, 1:10pm

Lecture: Ekene Ijeoma

Ekene Ijeoma is an artist, professor at MIT, and the founder and director of the Poetic Justice group at MIT Media Lab. Through both his studio and lab at MIT, Ijeoma researches social inequality across multiple fields including social science to develop artworks in sound, video, multimedia, sculpture and installation. Working from data studies and life experiences, and using both computational design and conceptual art strategies, he reframes social issues through artworks that embody and empower overlooked truths. His work has been presented by museums and galleries including the Contemporary Art Museum of Houston, Museum of the City of New York, Arts Club of Chicago, Neuberger Museum of Art, Annenberg Space for Photography, Design Museum London, and Storefront for Art and Architecture.

The lecture is open to current RISD students and faculty. Log in here to see Zoom URL.
Fri, April 29, 1:10pm

Lecture: Mindy Seu

Mindy Seu is a designer and researcher. She holds an M.Des with Distinction from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design with a focus in technology, and a B.A. in Design Media Arts from University of California, Los Angeles. As a fellow at the Harvard Law School’s Berkman Klein Center for the Internet & Society, she began the digital Cyberfeminism Index, which was later commissioned by Rhizome and presented at the New Museum. The printed publication Cyberfeminism Catalog is a 2021 recipient of the Graham Foundation Grant and will be published in Fall 2022. Seu has been a fellow at the Internet Archive, as well as a designer for 2×4’s Interactive Media team and the Museum of Modern Art’s in-house design studio. She has given lectures and workshops at Barbican Center, CalArts, Parsons, Pratt, RISD, Berkeley Art Museum, among others. Seu is currently an Assistant Professor at Rutgers Mason Gross School of the Arts and Critic at Yale School of Art.

The lecture, titled “On Gathering in Five Chapters,” is open to current RISD students and faculty. Log in here to see Zoom URL.