Wed, Feb. 10, 7pm

MFA Biennial: Dream syllabus

GD MFA alumnus Elizabeth Leeper leads a workshop facilitating the design of a course that fulfills unmet student needs.

Part of the 2021 GD MFA Biennial, viewable at

Register here
Thu, Jan 28, 7pm

MFA Biennial: On printmaking for social justice

How to aim to build strength, confidence, and trust in our communities through design by doing what you can with what you have?

GD MFA alumni José Menéndez and Tatiana Gómez will talk about some bottom-up initiatives they have been part of or have initiated during the last year as a way to respond to the needs of their surrounding community in times of a pandemic, social unrest, and climate change.

Part of the 2021 GD MFA Biennial, viewable at

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Thu, Jan 21, 7pm

MFA Biennial: Launch with Elaine Lopez

Celebrate the launch of the MFA Biennial 2021 online exhibition with Elaine Lopez, a 2019 graduate from the MFA program.

RISD students, faculty and alumni may register for the event here:
Fri, Nov 13, 7–10pm
Zoom & GD Commons

Open House Fall 2020

As you all will remember, choosing graphic design for a major wasn’t a foregone conclusion for many of us—it’s a complicated decision when first-years have to determine their academic experience at RISD and potentially their future career path. Open House is a chance for them to see how a department operates. What kind of work gets made.

Join on Zoom at

Join in person by at 31 Canal Walk outside the GD Commons
Thur, Nov 19, 12:00pm

Speaker Series: Amy Suo Wu

Amy Suo Wu is a cultural chimera with a hybrid practice working between art, design and research. Although not loyal to any particular media, technique or subject, the commonalities throughout her work are critical, investigative and playful approaches that often challenge dominant discourses and hegemonic paradigms.

Zoom link to be sent via email. Contact with questions.
Thur, Nov 12, 6:30pm

Speaker Series: Shira Inbar

Shira Inbar is an independent graphic designer and image maker with an edge of motion graphics, living and working in New York.

This event happened! See the recording at
Posted Oct 30, 2020

Spring 2021 GD Electives

There’s a stellar line-up of hybrid and remote offerings for spring 2021. Browse through the selection and discuss options with your adviser.

See the list at
Updated regularly
DC 301, 701

Type Shop Resources

Current students and faculty should visit for policies, hours and resources available in the 3rd and 7th floor GD type shop.
Mon, Sept 21 2:30pm

Ernest A. Bryant III on Afrofuturism

Ernest A. Bryant III, L.P.I., is an artist and critic from the USA. He has a background in interdisciplinary art. He earned an MFA from Yale University, School of Art, where he focused on critical theory, new media, and printmaking; and earned a second MFA in Art Writing & Criticism from the New York School of Visual arts, where his focus was art and society’s relationship to nature, molestation, conservation, and homelessness. In his work he uses nature, video, image-making, history, positionality, theory and humor to examine the ontological conflicts that arise between different aesthetic and cultural values.
May 1, 2020

Site launch!

Congratulations to all the graduating seniors! Check out their work on and celebrate them all.
May 15, 2020

GD Summer Reading & Resources

A collection of books, readings, podcasts, zoomcasts, classes, tools, video films and more collected by the GD faculty for summer [or fall or spring or winter] intake.

See the list here
Spring 2020

Work from Critical Issues Studio

Final research projects from the Critical Issues Studio elective are live! These projects present independent research and writing on issues in contemporary GD, from asian futurism, to poetic strategies, to greenwashing. Visit the showcase site and follow the class on
Thu, Mar 12, 6pm
Woods Gerry

The 2020 GD Senior Show

The GD Senior Show opens Thursday, March 12 at 6pm at Woods-Gerry Gallery. Drinks, snacks and good cheer served. Open until 7:30pm.
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.