Mon, Oct 10 6-8pm
GD Commons

Film Screening: Public Trust

Public Trust
The fight for America’s Public Land

Q&A Following film showing
with Prof. Angelo Baca, Diné / Hopi Tribal Nations, HPSS
Open to RISD Community.

As an extinction crisis looms and climate change continues to be one of the greatest threats our planet has ever faced, America’s 640 million acres of public lands support biodiversity and carbon sequestration. It’s essential that we fight for their protection by preventing the slashing of the Bears Ears National Monument in Utah, fighting the potential permanent destruction of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness
in Minnesota, and stopping the de facto
sale of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
—one of the last wild places in America.

Directed by David Garrett Byars
Mon, Nov 14, 6:30pm
GD Commons

Speaker Series: Silas Munro & Brian Johnson

Polymode is 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. Our specialties include books, curation, education, exhibition, identities, interfaces, publications, visual design, websites, workshops, and writing. We operate between the complexity of designed systems and lived experience—our core principles of visual expression, media adaptability, and typographic function. As a bi-coastal, LGBTQ+, and Minority-owned studio with offices in Inglewood, California, and Raleigh, North Carolina, Polymode ignites change to create social and sustainable impact. We operate with the ethos of Studio as family.

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

Speaker Series: Vanessa Zúñiga Tinizaray

Vanessa Zúñiga Tinizaray is an Ecuadorian designer. Her curiosity and passion for learning about the ancestral cultures of Latin America have led her to investigate and play morphologically with the visual signs of indigenous cultures. With one foot in the past and the other in the future, the visual universe she designs is continual evolution, sharing through this universe traditions and oral expressions, elements that continue to give new life to ancestral cultures.

This lecture is open to free and open to all via Zoom (sign up link coming soon).
Tue, Oct 18, 6:30pm
GD Commons

Speaker Series: Talia Cotton

Talia Cotton is a designer, coder, and educator specializing in the intersection of branding and technology. She leads 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. Her practice is focused on pushing the boundaries of traditional graphic design through the use of algorithms and programmatic practices as an accessible design tool.

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.