Lecture: Deem Journal (Alice Grandoit, Isabel Flower, Nu Goteh)
Deem is a biannual print journal and online platform focused on design as social practice. Our beliefs: Design is the process of adding value. Design is a fundamental shared experience. Design is everywhere. Our intentions: Explore human-centric design frameworks independent of exclusive institutions and industry categories. Ask what design can do for communities by creating conversations that are transdisciplinary and intergenerational. Seek to uncover meaningful narratives, connections, and patterns that might help us better understand our histories and imagine our futures.
Student Forum w/ Shiraz Gallab
New RISD GD faculty member Shiraz Gallab and Paul Soulellis invite GD students to a conversation about design justice, social practice, critique, and community. This can be an opportunity to get to know each other a bit more, to hear about student experiences here in the department, to share perspectives with one another, and to chat about what’s on your mind.
If you’re interested, please join us for an informal chat in the GD Commons on Friday, October 22, 12pm (for about an hour)!
GD Triennial: Call for Submissions
The RISD GD Triennial runs from Oct. 29 until Nov. 14 — submit work on the theme of “Portals” made in the Department in the last three years (alumni, yes! non-majors, yes!)
Submit your work here by October 21. Physical work needs to be in by Sunday, Oct 24.
Portals are many things: passages, windows, entrances, exits, thresholds, transitions. As visual communicators, our practice is one of opening portals into new ways of disrupting, discovering, and educating. And as we travel through those portals—from a volatile now towards a hazy, but hopeful, future—we must embrace the uncertain, constantly iterative process of that transition.
Contact an organizer with questions: Manny Sodhi, Iris Cho, Yimeng Yao, Annie Din, Ashley Yae, Minjun Choi, Varun Mehta or Christine Wang
Glen Cummings on design in the public realm
Designer Glen Cummings, founding partner of the New York studio MTWTF, will present a cross section of projects that engage, and aim to shape, the public realm through signage, maps, publications, exhibitions and digital media.
“For designers each public project is a chance to learn how some part of a complex “city machine” works, and perhaps an opportunity to give things a little push, or kick, in a good direction.”
Project clients will include: The City of Newark, NJ; Brookings Institution; Participatory Budgeting Project; Design Trust for Public Space; Brooklyn Public Library; The State of New York; Center for Urban Pedagogy; Humanities Action Lab; Columbia University in the City of New York.
Lecture: Bahia Shehab
Bahia Shehab is a multidisciplinary artist, designer, political activist and historian whose work focuses on the interaction and intersection of modern identity and ancient cultural heritage. Her imaginative combination of calligraphy and Islamic art history produced cutting edge, beautiful, impactful street art during the Arab Spring and continues to inform her work as an educator and designer.
Having always been concerned with identity and preserving cultural heritage, she investigates art history to reinterpret contemporary Arab politics, feminist discourse and social issues. Her culturally oriented work enables her to use history as a means to better understand the present and find solutions for the future.
Bahia believes that art may be employed for the purposes of social change and has explored this phenomenon through her artwork, which focuses on socially charged themes such as the Arab identity and women’s rights. Her research is largely concerned with understanding the Arabic letters and has been preoccupied with Arabic calligraphy in much of her work. Her work has been displayed in exhibitions around the world and she has received several awards and recognition for her achievements.
Welcome RISD GD🍦!
RISD GD BFA Undergrads, Faculty, and Staff — JOIN US outside Design Center! We'll all be outside on the canal on Tuesday September 7 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)!
[MFA Grads — welcome back meeting at CIT in grad studio, same day, 2PM]
Browse our Fall 2021 electives
The goal is to be back on campus this fall with a lineup of hybrid courses. These courses are available for registration starting in June.
If you are planning on leaving personal items in your locker over the summer, please attach a note indicating Summer Storage 2021 with your name and email address. Lockers not marked will be cleaned out after Commencement.
Have a great summer!
Grad Show 2021
The RISD MFA Grad Show opens Thursday, May 27 and is open daily to the RISD community from 12pm until 5pm. The Graphic Design exhibition will be held in the WaterFire Arts Center, located at 475 Valley Street in the Olneyville neighborhood. The other half of the exhibition will be held in the Chace Center. The exhibition closes on Saturday, June 5th.
Raise a toast for all our BFA and MFA students have accomplished and to give thanks to the amazing staff who have supported you through out, and professors who have worked hard to maintain a high level of teaching and learning.
Silas Munro, RISD GD ’03
Kathy Wu, RISD GD ’15
James Goggin, RCA ’99 and former GD Professor
Friday, June 4th, 8-9 pm EST (RISD time)
Parents and friends invited
Senior D.P. Reviews & Installations
This year, Senior Degree Projects will be presented on Zoom May 27 and 28 (day depends on section) with an optional in-person installation on Thursday, May 27. Installations and reviews are open to those in the RISD community and by invitation of the student. Please arrive at Zoom reviews a minute early and wait to be admitted.
Senior D.P. Trailers
Seniors are required to submit a video trailer for their Degree Project. These are due by end of day Monday, May 24 and will be screened on risd.gd starting at 4pm. Seniors can get more info on this Google Doc.
MFA Thesis Reviews & Dialogue
This year, MFA thesis projects will be presented on Zoom. Most reviews are fully open to the RISD community and guests, but please refer to the schedule for details.
Code Lab 2021
This semester Code Lab will meet on Tuesdays, 10:00 – 11:00 am (EST) on Zoom. The lab will be about 60 minutes and will meet 5 times over the course of the semester. Each meeting will consist of demos that cover key concepts of web programming, and open Q&A, where we’ll walk around and support you as you solve the problem.
See session curriculum at github.com/RISD-Code-Lab/spring2021
Code Lab is for students and faculty: check your email for Zoom link or contact Minkyoung Kim
- Code Lab is being organized by Nic Schumann, Marie Otsuka, and Minkyoung Kim in conjunction with the GD department, starting in 2020 spring.
- Code Lab will be open to all GD students who need some assistance in basic computational training.
- Code Lab is not for credit, there will be no assignments.
- Code Lab won’t require any commitment other than showing up. It’s about providing support for students enrolled in rigorous computational courses. Students do not have to attend all the sessions.
- Code Lab topics will be announced in advance of the session.
Senior Show 2021
The Senior Show is a physical show open to the RISD community from March 19 until March 23 at the Woods-Gerry Gallery.
Seniors have until March 15th to deliver work for the exhibit to the GD Commons and until March 12th to submit work for the website.
Woods-Gerry Gallery Hours:
Friday - Monday, 12 – 5pm
Tuesday, 12 – 4pm.
Website launches the same day as the show opening: poi.risd.gd