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Gonda Fund for Social Justice

Re-established last semester, the Gonda Fund is an award that provides funding for student work centered on social justice issues. The award is named after Tomás Gonda, who left money to the department in 1991 when he passed away. This award has been mostly inactive until this past fall, when we were able to award funding to 11 students.

This semester, the fund is available to up to 15 GD students (grads and undergrads) who are working on projects with social justice themes within any current GD studio class (including DPs, MFA thesis projects, ISPs and CSPs).

Awards are in the $250–500 range, depending on the number of applicants. If more than 15 qualified applications are received, students will be prioritized according to time remaining in our program (i.e., seniors/thesis students will be funded first, and then juniors/pre-thesis, and then sophomores/first-year students).

You may apply for this semester’s funding immediately. To apply, please gather:

  1. 5–10 images of the work being submitted (can be work-in-progress, process, renderings, proposal, research, etc), from any Spring 2022 GD class
  2. a written project description (1–2 paragraphs, or more)
  3. a written statement about how/why the project falls under the umbrella of social justice, and why this is important to you (1–2 paragraphs, or more)

Submit here by May 9, 2022.

Projects will be reviewed by RISD GD faculty and funding will be awarded before the end of the semester
Wed, April 20, 5PM
GD Commons

Code Lab Lecture + Workshop: Ryan Kuo

During this workshop, Ryan will present some of the tools and techniques behind two recent projects that were completed on tight deadlines, Baby Faith
(a web-based chatbot) and Dumb Desire (a self-playing piece running on a game engine). Both projects are comprised of many fragments that were created and then interlinked to generate dynamic sequences.

The rest of the workshop will introduce Twine as an accessible means of designing and experimenting with hypertext sequences on the web. This exercise will be primarily conceptual and focused on writing, but Twine allows for HTMl/CSS customization (optional) if participants are already familiar.

Participants should have a topic, idea, proposal, or problem in mind that they wish to "diagram" or materialize into a nonlinear system. They do not need to know what they plan to say or do about it. This prompt is intentionally broad and is intended to get the process started. Examples might be: an upcoming goal, a thought that you can't get rid of, a vague feeling, a recent dream, a riddle, a pointed critique, or an argument with all the above. The output will be a navigable system that expresses, contains, and ideally extends the subject into unexpected forms.

Lecture at 5pm, Workshop at 6:30pm

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Opens Friday, April 8, 6pm
Woods Gerry

Senior Show 2022

The Senior Show is open to the RISD community April 8-12 !!

Please come celebrate the class of 2022
Reception Friday evening, 6-7:30pm on the patio

Seniors have until April 5 to deliver work for the exhibit to the GD Commons
Woods-Gerry Gallery Hours:
F, Sa, M, 10am – 5pm : Su 2-5pm : T, 10am – 4pm
Thu, April 7, 2022, 6:30pm
GD Commons

Speaker Series: Upstatement

Upstatement is a digital product studio founded in 2008 that blends the skills of traditional storytelling with digital product development. 
Writing, art direction, and typography are as important as coding, prototyping, and shipping. Their cross-functional teams are like the best journalists: probing every angle and asking sharp questions of users and stakeholders. They work on projects that propel meaningful change; like ending gun violence, championing diversity, and greening the planet.

Lecture will be by Andy Pressman, formerly of Rumors and Verso. The lecture will be recorded and placed on the RISD GD Vimeo channel (no live stream).
Thu, April 14, 12pm
GD Commons

Amber Art & Design on equity in public space

This lunchtime gathering organized by the Illustration and Graphic Design Departments is intended to bring students and faculty interested in community centered public space projects. Amber Art & Design will show their work with an emphasis on their process of engaging community partners and residents.

Amber Art & Design is a Philadelphia-based artist collective that is dedicated to social engagement, historical research, and utilizing public art to connect and represent the voices of a community. The Amber team cultivates spaces for positive growth by facilitating dynamic interactions between artists, communities, schools, museums, institutions, and movements and more.
Wednesdays 5–7PM
DC 501

Code Lab Weekly Sessions

RISD Code Lab provides a space for inquiry into creative programming. This year, we are launching a new structure for Code Lab that features artist workshops as well as weekly sessions! These are open to all students.

Weekly sessions meet Wednesdays 5–7PM in Design Center 501 and will serve as extra office hours, where an instructor will be available to provide technical support for your projects. Marie Otsuka, Minkyoung Kim, and Adrian Tiu (GD BFA ’22) will be rotating sessions to help troubleshoot your code.

March 2, 9
April 13, 27
May 4, 11

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Wed, April 6, 5:00PM
DC 501

Code Lab Workshop: Halim Lee

RISD Code Lab provides a space for inquiry into creative programming. This year, we are launching a new structure for Code Lab that features artist workshops as well as weekly sessions! It is open to all students.

Halim Lee (GD MFA '23) will have a special workshop to demo how to make the AR posters she created for Code Lab.

Artist workshops feature a visiting designer, who will be hosting a special session related to their practice. We’re excited to have the following artists lead workshops this semester: Aarati Akkapeddi on Wed, March 16, 5:30PM, and Ryan Kuo on Wed, April 20, 6:30PM.

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Wed, March 16, 5:30PM
GD Commons

Code Lab Workshop: Aarati Akkapeddi

Aarati will give a brief artist talk and workshop that will explore the advantages and limitations of computational (and human) classification of images through participatory and technical exercises. We will discuss how formulating our own taxonomies for personal archives can cultivate new meaning and at the same time how classifications are always approximations and forgetting this can hold us back from noticing the wonderful ways in which archival materials complicate and resist the boxes we place them in. We will walk through some ways to manipulate images using facial recognition and python. Participants can bring in their own photographs (ideally containing ‘faces’) to work with (recommended to bring in at least 10 images, under 1mb, as jpg or png files). Learn more about Aarati at Also
Thu, March 10, 2022, 12pm

Speaker Series: Studio Yukiko

Studio Yukiko is a Berlin-based creative agency specialising in creative direction, art direction, brand strategy, concepting and graphic design for commercial and cultural clients alike.

The studio produces award-winning work, unearthing narratives, telling stories of local communities worldwide, and immerses themselves in the trends of internet and youth culture.

Alongside to well known brands, Yukiko has collaborated with galleries, museums, architecture practices and cultural institutions world-wide.
With its research arm, Yukiko continually experiments with contemporary forms of visual storytelling and fosters a deeper understanding of the audiences with which its projects engage.

Yukiko's work has been awarded by D&AD, ADC Germany, TDC New York and Lead Awards. Its Flaneur magazine received Art Directors of the Year at the London Stack Awards as well as Magazine of the Year.

Non-GD students should register on eventbrite

Speaker Series identity by MFA 2023 candidates Sun Ho Lee and Lian Fumerton-Liu
Fri, Feb 25, 5pm
Zoom, DC 404

Conversation with Gemma Copeland

Gemma Copeland, a digital designer and member of Common Knowledge, a not-for-profit worker cooperative, will join the Design & Politics course to discuss how designers work, the role of software in helping labor organizing and more.

The conversation is open to those in the RISD community. For Zoom link and additional context, please visit this Google Doc (requires RISD login).
Registration begins Nov 15, 2021

Announcing our Spring 2022 electives

This spring, RISD GD offers an incredible line-up: 14 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.

Read all of the course descriptions sorted by day.

Registration begins on Monday, Nov. 15. Offered for the very first time are new electives like Shiraz Gallab’s “Gathering: Language, Form, and Process,” John Caserta’s “Design and Politics,” (a graduate-level course), and a UI/UX Design 4–week workshop taught by Ilhee Park (MFA 2022). If you have questions about these classes, reach out to your advisor, or directly to the instructor.
Tues, Nov 9, 6:15pm
DC 212

Degree Project Info Session

Please join us for a Degree Project info session!

Attendance is required for those doing DP this spring; if you have a conflict, please let us know.
Fri, Nov 12, 1:10pm

Yehwan Song on her Web projects

Graphic designer and a web developer Yehwan Song is zooming into Minkyoung Kim’s Graphic Design for the Web to share her work process. Open to GD students and faculty.

Lecture is on Zoom at

More info on Yehwan Song at
Thu, Nov 18, 12pm

Lecture: Lynne Yun

Lynne Yun is a NYC-based type designer, educator and technologist who specializes in typography, hand lettering, and calligraphy. She currently teaches for educational institutions such as Type@Cooper, Parsons School of Design, and the Letterform Archive.

Lynne served on the board of AIGA NY and worked as a type designer for Monotype. At Monotype, she created custom typefaces for clients and a number of retail typefaces, including the Trade Gothic Display and Inline families. Lynne has worked with a broad range of clients, including Google, Samsung, Anheuser-Busch, and the World Trade Center. She holds a BFA in graphic design from the School of Visual Arts, a postgraduate certificate in typeface design from Type@Cooper, and a MPS from ITP in New York University. She is a proud member of Alphabettes.

Register for this event.
Thu, Oct 28, 6:00–7:30pm

GD Triennial Opening 🎉

The GD Triennial, “Portals,” opens to the RISD community on Thursday, Oct. 28, 6:00pm–7:30pm at Woods-Gerry Gallery. The exhibition will be open October 29 through November 14, 2021.

Exhibition hours:
Monday — Saturday, 10–5pm
Sundays, 2–5pm

Woods-Gerry Gallery
62 Prospect Street, 1st floor
Providence, RI

See the triennial website at