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Senior Industrial Design Show At Woods-Gerry

(4.4) I want this canoe. Not to paddle in water but to hang upside down from my own ceiling. This beautiful “Skin on Frame Canoe” is the work of Jake Pill (BFA Industrial Design, 2017). It is made of ash, Dacron fabric, and Douglas fir

Art & Design Film Festival

(11.6) The Art & Design Film Festival opens Thursday night with “The Happy Film,” to be followed by a Q&A with director Ben Nabors and RISD Graphic Design director, John Caserta. Emily Steffian, co-owner of the Cable Car Cinema with husband Dan Kamil, is the

Grant’s Block Party Cocktail Lounge

(9.24) Design Week continues. A sophisticated lounge party will take over Grant’s Block Saturday afternoon with tunes, and booze, and interesting people, and things. Grant’s Block will be converted into an outdoor lounge by Greycork, with tunes by DJ Analog Underground, a pop-up Print shop

DesignWeek RI Kick-Off Party

(9.16) DesignWeek RI takes over the Arcade Friday night to kick off a week of events. Drinks by New Harvest ($5 voucher for beer or wine) and food stations and outdoor truck ($5 voucher towards food of your choice). Music, raffles, more. Upcoming events include:

Athenaeum Salon — Xtreme NASA Design

(3.18) Join industrial designer and RISD educator, Michael Lye, for “Design for Extreme Environments” at the Athenaeum’s Friday Salon. Lye teaches advanced studios and seminars at the graduate and undergraduate levels and serves as Senior Critic and NASA Coordinator, specializing in human-centered design with an emphasis on

White Star Antiques

These cats just slay me. They are for sale at White Star Antiques on South Main Street . . . just south of Doubloon Street! Chalkware figurines were primarily fashioned out of molded plaster of Paris, although some are sculpted gypsum. The date on this

You’re Just My Type

Best valentine ever. One original design for this glossy red portable, on display at the RISD Museum, featured no uppercase letters. I was tempted to honor that impulse in this post but I just can not make myself do it. This “valentine” portable typewriter by

‘What is Good Design?’ Athenaeum Salon

(11.6) Designer and design historian Matthew Bird will speak this Friday at the Athenaeum Salon on “Expanding a Point of View: What is Good Design?” We all know what is good, but each of us uses different factors to arrive at our decisions and opinions

Back To The Drawing Board

Please. I hope it’s not to late to rethink the design of this new specialty plate (cropped here for formatting). Instead of telling the world that we are the “Creative Capital” why don’t we try showing it. The ProJo reports today — “Wear your heart

Renovated Kennedy Plaza — Good Job People

This totally works. The newly renovated and redesigned Kennedy Plaza looks like a winner. Some bus stops have been relocated to the other side of Burnside Park and Exchange Street, and car traffic on Fulton Street is now two-way. The central plaza area creates a

Design Week RI

Lots to do this week for fans of design. The first ever Design Week RI celebrates design and the Rhode Island design community with nationally recognized speakers, local design superstars, a design treasure hunt, open spaces, cocktail receptions and a design hall of fame. Phil

The New New Plans For Kennedy Plaza

Once again Kennedy Plaza is being torn up. Will the resulting public space be worth the major inconvenience to pedestrians, drivers, and RIPTA riders, caused by the construction? Or are we getting an unlovable, featureless void. Last month ProJo architecture critic David Brussat revealed that

Last Chance For ‘Graphic Design’ Show At RISD

(8.3) And Sunday will be your last chance to create a cool custom dot poster. The keyboard and puncher-outer are only manned on Sundays from noon to 4pm. This poster is currently on display at What Cheer Vintage and Vinyl on Thayer Street and is

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Green Patriot Posters

Discovered at the Graphic Design: Now In Production exhibition at the RISD Museum: Green Patriot Posters — posters for energy independence and the fight against climate change. This organization encourages you to submit a poster or distribute one of their many existing posters. Green Patriot

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Graphic Design Exhibition At RISD Museum

The RISD Museum has mounted a fantastic new design show which will take the average fan several trips to absorb. “Graphic Design: Now in Production”explores some of the most vibrant graphic design work produced since 2000, including magazines, newspapers, books and posters; the expansion of

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Lobster Luchador

(5.3) I didn’t “see” this wonderful design right away; I was focused on the accompanying press release for today’s Cinco de Mayo celebration and the image registered as just another Mexican wrestling mask. I’m assuming that this poster (detail seen here) comes out of the