Design

Industrial Design At Woods-Gerry

The RISD Senior shows continue with Trial and Error: Industrial Design Senior Show. This discipline can include furniture, apparel, and any area of life where a problem needs solving with better design. Seen here is Louise Starr’s untitled and lovely children’s stool. The artist has dyed maple, poplar, and oak veneer, glued it all into …

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License Plate Competition Update

The deadline for submissions has passed and we are happy to report that several professional graphic designers have submitted work. So we may have some acceptable choices. We first expressed our concerns about this selection process back in December when the contest was announced.  (A work this important should not be selected through a contest. …

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Bad Art You Will Be Forced To Buy

And prominently display. Once again this plate design contest idea is rearing its ugly head because people like Governor McKee think that anybody with a computer is now a graphic designer. For one thing, doesn’t this man realize how strongly Rhode Islanders feel about their license plates? But whatever the state comes up with, any …

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Call For Design Ideas — Bascule Bridge

The City of Providence and the Providence Redevelopment Agency are hosting a design competition to generate reuse ideas for the Crook Point Bascule Bridge. (No luxury condo towers please.) A 10-year transportation plan, issued last year by RIDOT, scheduled demolition for 2026-27, earmarking $6 million for the removal. The Crook Point Bascule Bridge is a …

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Perez Designs THE Biden Tee

The Biden/Harris campaign has a new line of merch collabs on offer called the ‘Believe in Better’ collection. It features some big-name designers — Thom Browne, Tory Burch, Prabal Gurung — but look who Dazed and GQ single out for the highest praise: Providence designer Joe Perez. Formerly the artistic director at Kanye West’s creative …

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New Posters Honor Local Heroes

You may have noticed these posters popping up around town. Credit for these gems goes to local advertising renegades, NAIL Communications, “an advertising agency that kind of hates advertising.” They have made the following mild disclaimer on their Facebook page. We love being scolded by the bad-ass women protecting our state. And we made some …

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The ‘Art Of Design’ — Cas Holman

Fans of design — industrial, biomedical, typographical — will want to check out “Abstract: The Art of Design” on Netflix. The second season features Cas Holman, full time faculty member in the Industrial Design Department at RISD. Holman  crafts tools and objects designed to inspire kids (and adults) to play creatively. Through her company Heroes …

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Outreach Grants For Census Participation

An undercount in the upcoming census could have serious ramifications: we could lose a congressional seat and we could lose out on federal funding. The Rhode Island Foundation is offering local organizations grants of up to $25,000 for programs that will encourage people to participate in the 2020 Census. Libraries, churches, nonprofits and community groups …

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Design Week RI

(9.21) There’s lots to do over the course of Design Week RI: studio tours, design talks, workshops, happy hours, and awards. For nine days, from September 12 to September 21, designers and innovators will be heading to venues in Providence and around the state. Here is a sample of what is happening in Providence. The …

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Smokin’ Interiors — Lee And Coburn Spark Up Dispensary Design

Noted set designer, and longtime Providence resident, Eugene Lee (Saturday Night Live, Tonight Show, Sweeney Todd, Wicked) has teamed up with acclaimed restaurant designer Kyla Coburn (Loie Fuller, Troop, The Grange, The Avery) to design interiors for cannabis dispensaries. They are working in conjunction with Smokin’ Interiors in Warwick. Managing partner Rick Granoff has been …

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