Tue, Feb 25, 11:30am
20 Washington

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, design strategy, technology, and wayfinding.

Panelists: Phoebe Morrison 17/GD, frog design + Joe Marianek 03/GD, Small Stuff + Elizabeth Goodspeed BRDD RoAndCo + Jennifer Whitney 09/GD MFA, Good Friends + Rachel Kronberg, Mullen Lowe and founding members of Black@MullenLowe Group + Wael Morcos 13/GD MFA, Morcos Key

Thu, Feb 20, 6:30pm
GD Commons

Visiting Designer: Agyei Archer

Agyei Archer is a designer from Trinidad & Tobago focusing on visual communication using type, graphics, and code. He coordinates and directs small independent teams to create forward-thinking design work. At present, he’s exploring vernacular lettering, indigenous writing, and found type in the Caribbean. He will deliver a lecture on Thursday, Feb 20, and will run a weekend workshop through Sunday, Feb3

The Spring 2020 Lecture Series video with Agyei Archer is available for viewing here.

Spring 2020

Spring 2020 GD Electives

Browse our Spring 2020 Electives here.
Registration for Spring courses begins on Nov 18th. Meet with your advisers to plan the upcoming semester (and beyond).
You may see Department policies on ISPs and 16+ credits at info.risd.gd

Fall 2020

Take over @risd_gd

Show the world what’s happening here. @risd_gd has publicly viewable Instagram and twitter accounts. The aim for the platforms is to share what’s happening within the Department with current, former and future community members. Instagram is faculty and student-run, relying on weekly guest editors to post and repost content using their point of view of the Department.

Read our guidelines here and sign up to take over the account. This is an open call. Any GD student or faculty member can sign up.

Fri, Jan 13 – Wed, Jan 17
GD Commons

Student Work from Motion Workshop with Weixi

Swing by GD Commons during this week and take a look at the motion graphics student work on view! Included are motion type specimens and animated city stamps from Fall 2019.

Tue, Dec 3, 6pm
GD Commons

Senior DP Proposal Event

Seniors are required - and all are invited - to the Commons. Come visit the work! Lasts for one hour.

Fri, Nov 8, evening
DC 103

GD Open Studio

Undergraduates will have their work up and out for all to see.

Mon, Nov 11, 5pm
GD Commons

Speaker Series: Nontsikelelo Mutiti

Nontsikelelo Mutiti is a Zimbabwean-born interdisciplinary artist and educator. Mutiti holds a diploma in multimedia art from the Zimbabwe Institute of Digital Arts, and an MFA from the Yale School of Art, with a concentration in graphic design. She has been a resident artist at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Recess, and the Centre for Book Arts, both in New York City. As cofounder of Black Chalk & Co. Mutiti has produced projects cultural projects and events. She is also artistic director for Reading Zimbabwe, a platform for archiving and publishing. Mutiti is currently Assistant Professor in Graphic Design at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Mon, Oct 28, 6pm
GD Commons

Speaker Series: Minkyoung Kim

Minkyoung Kim is a designer and artist based in New York who develops visual systems with a focus on repetition and evolution. She explores ways of presenting a series of iterations based on a system to orient new readings of their shifting contexts. Her work has been shown internationally in group shows including Art Hack Day Providence, FAVORITEN: The Festival of Independent Performing Arts and Incheon International Women Art Biennale. She has taught courses and given lectures at such schools as California College of the Arts, The New School, University of Connecticut and Yale University. She is currently an Assistant Professor in Graphic Design at RISD.

Wed, Nov 6, 6:30pm
GD Commons

Lecture: Lauren McCarthy

(Co sponsored with EFS and D+M)

Lauren Lee McCarthy is an LA-based artist examining social relationships in the midst of surveillance, automation, and algorithmic living. She is the creator of p5.js, an open source programming language with over 1.5 million users, for learning creative expression through code online. She is Co-Director of the Processing Foundation, a non-profit whose mission is to promote software literacy within the visual arts, and visual literacy within technology-related fields—and to make these fields accessible to diverse communities. She is an Assistant Professor at UCLA Design Media Arts.

Fri, Oct 11, 6:30pm
Color Lab, DC 111

Pop Culture Colour Theory

Graphic designer James Goggin has spent over ten years developing the lecture/performance project Pop Culture Colour Theory, a continuously-evolving body of research on color as cultural code and commodity. Brought to life with a custom soundtrack and multi-screen projection, James draws connections among a broad spectrum of critical thinking on color, from research in the hard sciences to images drawn from pop culture and music.

The lecture will help launch the new RISD Color Lab, followed by the Color Lab’s inaugural ChromaDisco. The new RISD Color Lab provides a visible and accessible resource platform and pedagogical nexus demonstrating RISD’s commitment to the study of color—its history, material dimensions, scientific properties and cultural significance—as a core component of art and design.

Mon, Oct 7, 6pm
GD Commons

Speaker Series: Kelly Walters

Kelly Walters is a multimedia designer, researcher, and curator who is inspired by graphic design and the power it has to affect people on both a local and global scale. She is the founder of Bright Polka Dot (an independent design practice) focusing on print, digital, pattern and textile design. Kelly has worked as a designer for Alexander Isley, Inc. Designers, the RISD Museum, SFMOMA, Atavist, SOMArts Cultural Center and Blue State Digital. She graduated from the University of Connecticut with a dual degree in Communication Design and Communication Sciences, and received her MFA in Graphic Design from the Rhode Island School of Design. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Communication Design Department at The New School/ Parsons School of Design in New York.

Mon, Sept 30, 6pm
GD Commons

Speaker Series: Zipeng Zhu

Zipeng Zhu is a Chinese-born designer, art director, illustrator and animator in New York City who wants to make everyday a razzle-dazzle musical. His clients include Coca-Cola, Microsoft, Netflix, Viacom, The New Yorker, Fox, CNN, Refinery29, Chobani, and Samsung. After he graduated from the School of Visual Arts in New York City, he has worked at Pentagram and Sagmeister & Walsh. He was one of the Art Directors Club Young Guns 13 winners and has been recognized as Print magazine’s New Visual Artist and The One Show Young Ones. His work has been exhibited all over the world including New York, Barcelona, Dubai, Mumbai, Shanghai and other major museums and institutions. He has recently started his own creative studio Dazzle to make everything dazzling.

Tue, Sept 3, 3pm
GD Commons

Ice Cream! ++ Meet your Advisor

We will kick off the year on Tuesday, Sept 3, with an ice cream social (3:00-3:30) followed by an adviser meet and greet (3:30-4:00). It’s mandatory for incoming graduate and undergraduate students. We want to see your faces, tell you some things and have you meet each other a bit—and welcome you to RISD GD!

up through fall
2nd floor, DC

Color + Surface Exhibition

Come see the work from the sophomore Color + Surface class in the 2nd floor Design Center glass cases (30 North Main St). The Spring 2019 Color + Surface studios were co-taught by Rich Rose, Suzi Cozzens, Aki Nurosi, Emily Rye, Nancy Skolos and Ramon Tejada.