Design

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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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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Design Week RI

(9.22) Events, parties, talks, tours: Design Week RI starts Thursday. 35+ events, 12+ design disciplines, 10 days, 7 featured speakers, 6 panels, 5 parties, 4 open studios, 1 state… DESIGN WEEK RI 2018 is going to be an amazing experience full of discovery and celebration. This year, #designweekri brings you discussions and panels on many …

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Arts & Design Film Fest Starts

The 2017 Providence Art & Design Film Festival (PADFF) opens Thursday night with a screening of Ruben Ostlund’s “The Square” starring Claes Bang and Elisabeth Moss. (Facebook event page.) From the New York Times review. Mr. Ostlund, whose film before this one was the squirmy, incisive “Force Majeure,” takes aim at some pretty fat satirical …

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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 w/ DWRI Letterpress (sponsored by Craftland), and plenty of craft-oriented …

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‘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 about design and taste. Designer and design historian Bird will …

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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 Eil over at the Phoenix has a nice write-up of …

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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 the original and well-received plans from Union Studio Architects, offered …

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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 branding programs for corporations, institutions and subcultures; the entrepreneurial spirit …

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Design Bugs At The Charter Museum

Okay, what’s with the bugs? I did not head over to the Charter Museum at the State House expecting anything but pure unadulterated joy; I couldn’t wait to see this fabulous artifact finally being displayed in an appropriate setting (and that part of the exhibit does not disappoint). But the first thing a visitor sees …

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Architect Michael Graves At Brown

(2.28) Noted post-modernist architect Michael Graves will give a lecture — “Images of a Grand Tour” — Thursday at Brown University. Graves is the 2012 Driehaus laureate and Providence Journal architecture critic David Brussat was none to pleased with his selection. The prize is given annually (with $200,000) by the architecture school at the University …

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