September Design Events


Business Innovation Factory Summit 9/13-9/14

  • Thu, Sep 13
  • Business Innovation Factory
  • 201 Washington St., Providence, RI 02903

At the Business Innovation Factory (BIF) Summit, 500 people come together in a historic theater to hear 15-minute stories of transformation, as 32 people from many different industries and sectors tell the...

Img 7174

Nurturing the Public Art Ecosystem

  • Thu, Sep 13
  • The Avenue Concept
  • 8:00 am — 10:00 am
  • 10 Dorrance St. Providence, RI 02903

Join us at The Avenue Concept for a discussion on Public Art around Providence and how TAC nurtures and supports the public art ecosystem. They will talk about their newest...

Collage art

Collage Creators at Providence Children’s Museum

  • Thu, Sep 13
  • Providence Children's Museum
  • 11:00 am — 2:00 pm
  • 100 South St, Providence, RI 02903

Providence Children’s Museum hosts a mixed media mash up “Collage Creators” for child and youth designers during DESIGN WEEK RI. Cut, paste, layer and assemble an array of materials....

Pneuhaus day

Art After Dark: Inflatable Lawn Party! (Rain or Shine!)

  • Thu, Sep 13
  • Newport Art Museum
  • 5:00 pm — 9:00 pm
  • 76 Bellevue Ave, Newport, RI 02840

The Newport Art Museum is kicking off DESIGNxRI’s fifth annual DESIGN WEEK RI in Newport with an extraordinary sunset lawn party and inflatable playscape by Pneuhaus! A design collective...

Dwri17 drinkink jonathanwaugh 185738


  • Thu, Sep 13
  • AS220
  • 6:30 pm — 8:00 pm
  • 131 Washington St., Providence, RI 02903

Let the printers at the AS220 Community Printshop guide you through several low-key and fun printing projects in a relaxed environment. Hang out, socialize, and learn from the welcoming members...

Img 7078 forbuildboston

Solving the Housing Crisis: Where Does Design Fit In?

  • Fri, Sep 14
  • Union Studio Architecture & Community Design
  • 8:30 am — 10:00 am
  • 115 Empire St, Providence, 02903

There is a widely acknowledged housing crisis in the US today: workers and young families are finding it increasingly difficult to find housing they can afford that suits their needs....

Banner 1

Inclusive Design: Beyond Accessibility & Across Industries - SOLD OUT!

  • Fri, Sep 14
  • EveryWear
  • 12:00 pm — 1:30 pm
  • 111 Thayer Street

Design informs our interaction with technology, the construction of cities, the aesthetics of a restaurant, the functionality of automobiles, and the processes by which businesses operate. Design permeates all industries...


Calligraphy Workshop - SOLD OUT!

  • Fri, Sep 14
  • MojoTech
  • 2:00 pm — 4:00 pm
  • 56 Exchange Terrace, Providence, RI 02903

Calligraphy, the ancient art of writing beautifully, is a demanding and hard-to-learn skill in any form. In an increasingly screen-based industry, it’s an invaluable practice for grounding practitioners in...

Kickoff party 2018 500px

DESIGN WEEK RI 2018 Kickoff Party

  • Fri, Sep 14
  • DESIGNxRI + Rathbone Studios
  • 7:00 pm — 11:00 pm
  • 47 Rathbone St., Providence, RI

Join us for this Kick Off Party for DESIGN WEEK RI 2018 featuring Designers in Bands! Celebrating the preservation of 47 Rathbone St - a former food warehouse market turned creative maker...

West out across the garden 073118 copy

Open Day for My Personal Garden

  • Sat, Sep 15
  • Louis Raymond Design
  • 12:00 pm — 4:00 pm
  • 495 Main Street, Hopkinton, RI 02833

Personal gardens are different from client gardens not just in degree but in species. Client gardens are created, willingly & with joy, to solve the problems & satisfy the dreams...


TYPE x DESIGN Block Party

  • Sat, Sep 15
  • 6:00 pm — 9:00 pm
  • 46 Aborn St, Providence, RI 02903

AIGA Rhode Island HOSTS: TYPExDESIGN BLOCK PARTY A celebration of Typography during Design Week RI 2018! + Type station by DWRI Letterpress + Type interactive by Graphic Innovations + Type interactive by Studio Rainwater +...

Baldwin plan

A Pollinator Garden: Designing for Education

  • Sun, Sep 16
  • Landscape Elements LLC
  • 12:00 pm — 3:00 pm
  • 50 Whitman Street, Pawtucket, RI

Landscape Elements LLC was contracted by Gail Ahlers of The Empowerment Factory, to design a small pollinator garden for the Baldwin Elementary School in Pawtucket, RI. Ms. Ahlers currently runs...

Rmr overview new

Royal Mills Riverpoint: Design transformation of a decaying mill into a historic preservation site

  • Mon, Sep 17
  • GG Rigelhaupt
  • 12:00 pm — 1:30 pm
  • 125 Providence St, West Warwick, RI 02893

At the brink of demolition, RMR was bought for $1. Millions more, and massive teams would be engaged to renovate this 1850’s stone textile mill in West Warwick into 250 residential units...

Our space

Changing Health by Design - SOLD OUT!

  • Mon, Sep 17
  • New England Medical Innovation Center (NEMIC)
  • 12:00 pm — 1:30 pm
  • 116 Chestnut St. Providence, RI 02903

At the New England Medical Innovation Center (NEMIC) our goal is to support innovators and entrepreneurs, bridge “the valley of death”, and expedite the developmental process of medical devices in...


Art in a Design World; Female in a Masculine Domain

  • Mon, Sep 17
  • McKenzie Gibson Studio
  • 12:00 pm — 1:30 pm
  • 100 Elm St. Warren, RI 02885

This event will be the official launch/premiere of Silverthorne Hawk Studios, a new collaborative space offering with a full woodshop and metal shop. The studio space will also provide...

(pm)product oneturn

Featured Speaker: Alex Hornstein - Chasing the Hologram

  • Mon, Sep 17
  • Looking Glass Factory
  • 6:00 pm — 8:00 pm
  • 1005 Main Street, Suite 8111, Pawtucket, RI 02860

Four years ago, Alex Hornstein and Shawn Frayne co-founded their startup Looking Glass Factory to take holograms out of the realm of science fiction and into reality. This is the...

Efred 1

Vacant to Vibrant! - Photographing the WaterFire Arts Center - CANCELLED

  • Tue, Sep 18
  • Elaine Fredrick Photography
  • 12:00 pm — 1:30 pm
  • 475 Valley St, Providence, RI 02908

The Event is cancelled. Check out the other events happening on Tuesday 12-1:30pm here: — See the transformation of the...

Octo logo

Whose Design Is It?

  • Tue, Sep 18
  • 12:00 pm — 1:30 pm
  • 999 Main Street Pawtucket, RI 02860

Unlocking collaboration with clients in the interest of customers - A discussion at OCTO PD. Join the team at OCTO Product Development, including Founder Justin Sirotin, in a conversation about...

1617 night view sy no logo (1) copy

Scrappy Meets Savvy

  • Tue, Sep 18
  • KITE Architects
  • 12:00 pm — 1:30 pm
  • 27 Sims Ave, Providence, RI 02909

The Steel Yard is preparing to amp-up its course offerings and magnify event spaces in a way that is true to its scrappy aesthetic and bootstrap community approach! Join KITE...

Studio ash dsc01378 edited (1)

Keynote Speaker: Ashleigh Axios - Still Hopey, Changey

  • Tue, Sep 18
  • RISD
  • 7:00 pm — 8:30 pm
  • 7 Canal Walk, Providence River Greenway Providence, RI 02903

**The location has now changed to RISD Auditorium, 7 Canal Walk, Providence River Greenway. The new location is right across the street from the original location (Chace Center). If you have...


Open Studio/Meet and Greet at TL Studio Inc.

  • Wed, Sep 19
  • TL Studio Inc.
  • 12:00 pm — 1:30 pm
  • 269 South Main Street, Providence, RI, 02903

TL Studio is a full-service landscape architecture firm. Founded by Tom Lee, TLS brings a diverse body of work ranging from residential gardens to institutional and public projects. At the...


Intellectual Property: Protecting The Core of the Design Economy

  • Wed, Sep 19
  • Lippincott IP LLC
  • 12:00 pm — 1:30 pm
  • 166 Valley Street Building 6M, #103 Providence, RI 02909

Rhode Island continues to build on its heritage of fostering innovative industry by its active support of the creative community within its borders. Civic leaders here recognize the elusive nature...

Ximedica logo tag trademark 4c-01

Applying Innovation to Addiction

  • Wed, Sep 19
  • Ximedica
  • 12:00 pm — 1:30 pm
  • 55 Dupoint Dr. Providence, RI 02907

Ximedica follows a user-centered design process every day when bringing medical devices to market. Join Ximedica as we share how we apply our user-centered tools to rapidly generate seed solutions...

Studio meja workspace rotunda (1) 500

Why Design In Olneyville?

  • Wed, Sep 19
  • Studio MEJA
  • 4:00 pm — 6:00 pm
  • 11 Aleppo St, Providence, RI 02909

Olneyville began at Olneyville Square in the early 18th century as a center of trade with a nearby Narragansett village. The settlement grew significantly around 1785, as a mill district hence...

Asid ridc 9.19.18 copy

RI Design Community: Making a Grand Entrance

  • Wed, Sep 19
  • 5:00 pm — 8:00 pm
  • 1005 Main St. #1201 Pawtucket, RI 02860 United States

Rhode Island’s top interior designers will showcase their creative talents at the American Society of Interior Designers’ Entry Tablescape Competition: Making a Grand Entrance. This festive event will be...

Clambake logo small  event page

Marathon Clambake

  • Wed, Sep 19
  • 6:00 pm — 8:00 pm
  • 60 Valley Street Providence, RI 02909

Clambake is a gathering for designers, creatives, and those who like design and want to know more. It’s a time to get together, network, and hear about some of...


Good Design, Local Design: How Designers and Cities Can Support Each Other

  • Thu, Sep 20
  • Providence ACT
  • 9:00 am — 11:00 am
  • 393 Broad Street Providence, RI 02907

Design is vital to the life and growth of any city. This panel will discuss different ways in which municipalities can make use of a strong local design community to...


A RISD Redesign: Oomph & RISD Museum create a new Digital Experience

  • Thu, Sep 20
  • Oomph
  • 12:00 pm — 1:30 pm
  • 72 Clifford Street Providence, RI, 02903

RISD Museum partnered with Oomph to re-platform the former Museum website into Drupal 8. Along the way, the RISD team became excited about reimaging the way the website can be used...

Screen shot 2018-07-11 at 12.25.32 am

Food and Design at RISD Food Lab - MORE SEATS OPEN!

  • Thu, Sep 20
  • RISD Food Lab
  • 12:00 pm — 1:30 pm
  • 20 Washington Place

Food and design are always coming together; in plating, in the ways that interior spaces and designed objects can influence eating experiences, and in the cases of trendy foods. Additionally,...

Bif 6

Storytelling as a Lynchpin Capability for Innovation - SOLD OUT!

  • Thu, Sep 20
  • Business Innovation Factory
  • 12:00 pm — 1:30 pm
  • 60 Valley St. #107B, Providence, RI 02909

Storytelling is a critical skill that can invite people into a conversation in way that engenders empathy, participation, and co-creation. It is an invaluable tool for changing behavior and helps...

Ahp 0009

A Closer Look at Designing for Doris w/ David Webb archivists, Dianne Batista & Lev Higgs

  • Thu, Sep 20
  • Newport Restoration
  • 4:30 pm — 7:00 pm
  • 680 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI

David Webb archivists Dianne Batista and Levi Higgs will explore the intersecting interests of David Webb and Doris Duke in this special tour of Designing for Doris: David Webb Jewelry...

Hof 2018 party invite website


  • Thu, Sep 20
  • 6:00 pm — 9:00 pm
  • 25 Holden Street, Providence, RI 02908

Join us for the Annual Celebration for Design in Rhode Island, now in its fifth year! DESIGNxRI inaugurates designers into the RI Design Hall of Fame at this culminating party...

Uriinternshipcredituri (1)

Textile Design Case Studies in Manufacturing—A Panel Discussion

  • Fri, Sep 21
  • 12:00 pm — 1:30 pm
  • 350 Eddy St, Providence, RI 02903

With a strong design and manufacturing sector and a deep educational institution base, Rhode Island’s textile sector is a leader in innovation. Hear textile designers and manufacturers discuss how...


The Art of Praxis

  • Fri, Sep 21
  • Frank Mruk
  • 12:00 pm — 1:30 pm
  • P. O. Box 54, 58 Riverside Dr, Tiverton, RI 02878

Praxis \ˈprak-ˌsēz\ (from Ancient Greek: πρᾶξις, translit. praxis) 1: the process by which a theory is enacted, embodied, or realized. Paulo Freire once stated, “Liberation is a praxis : the action...

Bgjpezfwrhkwqe8geqid full  99c0139

Factory Tour & Lunch at Accurate Services, Fall River, MA

  • Fri, Sep 21
  • Accurate Services, Inc.
  • 12:00 pm — 1:30 pm
  • 951 Broadway, Fall River, MA 02724

Join us for lunch and a factory tour at the century old Laurel Lake Mills, the home of Accurate Services. See our factory in action making sewn product for the...

Loie fuller panel

Growing Your Design Business

  • Fri, Sep 21
  • GS10KSB
  • 4:00 pm — 6:00 pm
  • 32 Custom House St, Providence, RI 02903

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses invites you for cocktails and conversation with local prominent designers about how to grow your design business. Our speakers are three design business owners who graduated...

Jqtw0i25rrcqrtasqpdu 30thinvite 0001

Small Builds, Big Futures: A Solution to the Affordable Housing Crisis in Providence

  • Fri, Sep 21
  • ONE Neighborhood Builders
  • 5:00 pm — 8:00 pm
  • 393 Broad St, Providence, RI 02907

The demand for suitable, affordable housing in Providence appears to be increasing with no end in sight. Unfortunately, rising construction costs and shrinking public subsidies are making it more and...


Shaping Experience and Community through Design

  • Fri, Sep 21
  • PellOverton Architects and iolabs
  • 5:30 pm — 7:30 pm
  • 199 Anthony St, East Providence, RI 02914

How do decisions about our physical environment shape our daily experiences? From ergonomic seating to lighting controls, it is commonly acknowledged that the design of our surroundings has critical impact...

Elmwood studios - 2

Elmwood Studios Open House

  • Fri, Sep 21
  • Elmwood Studios
  • 7:00 pm — 9:00 pm
  • 160 Narragansett Ave, Unit 2 Providence, RI

Elmwood Studios is a shared space made up of four design businesses based here in Rhode Island: Nest Homeware, Oblique Studio, Studio Endo and Work-Shop. We’re a group of...


Ocean State Oyster Festival

  • Sat, Sep 22
  • Ocean State Oyster Festival
  • 1:00 pm — 7:00 pm
  • South Water Street Providence, RI 02903

The 4rd Annual Ocean State Oyster Festival aims to raise awareness of and celebrate Rhode Island’s aquaculture industry by providing a platform that helps expand RI’s aquaculture economy....

Bonfires  event page

Waterfire Providence

  • Sat, Sep 22
  • Waterfire Providence
  • 6:30 pm — 11:00 pm
  • Providence, RI

This award-winning sculpture by Barnaby Evans installed on the three rivers of downtown Providence, has been praised by Rhode Island residents and international visitors alike as a powerful work of...