September Design Events


DESIGN FORWARD RI WORKSHOP: Entrepreneurial Strategies

  • Wed, Sep 4
  • 8:30 am — 2:30 pm
  • 513 Broadway

While many designers will have already jumped into being independent operators, truly understanding what it means to be an entrepreneur and what it takes to convert risk-taking energy to viable...

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  • Thu, Sep 12

​The 6th Annual DESIGN WEEK RI is happening this September 12-21, 2019! DESIGN WEEK RI tells the story of design in RI through the collaboration and engagement of partners, hosts, and...


Rhode Rally - RI Gift Industry Manufactures Association Mixer

  • Thu, Sep 12
  • Maritime Tribes
  • 5:00 pm — 7:00 pm
  • 10 Collins Street

It must be the creative energy of Rhode Island that makes us a national leader in gift design, manufacturing and sourcing. We’ll high five for that enviable position and...

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Art After Dark: PLAYDATE on the LAWN

  • Thu, Sep 12
  • Newport Art Museum
  • 5:00 pm — 8:00 pm
  • 76 Bellevue Avenue

Why PLAY? Play reinvents the rules, stimulates innovation, and is a catalyst for creativity. Play empowers players, rewards misbehavior and negotiates conflict. Escape conformity, experiment, explore, and celebrate truly exceptional...

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AS220 Drink+Ink

  • Thu, Sep 12
  • AS220
  • 6:30 pm — 8:30 pm
  • 131 Washington Street

Let the printers at the AS220 Industries guide you through several low-key and fun printing projects in a relaxed environment. Discover the processes of silkscreen, letterpress, monotype and more! Hang...

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25th Anniversary Open Studio with DBVW Architects

  • Fri, Sep 13
  • DBVW Architects
  • 4:30 pm — 6:30 pm
  • 111 Chestnut Street, #2

As part of DESIGN WEEK RI’s Kickoff Party and in celebration of the firm’s 25th anniversary, DBVW Architects invites you to an open studio happy hour. Join DBVW...

DESIGN WEEK RI 2019 Kickoff Party

  • Fri, Sep 13
  • 6:30 pm — 11:00 pm
  • 19 Bassett Street, Providence, RI, 02903

Join us for this Kick Off Party for DESIGN WEEK RI 2019! All proceeds benefit DESIGNxRI for DESIGN WEEK RI. These events are being recorded and photographed. By attending, you give...

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Cardkits Launch Show

  • Sat, Sep 14
  • World's Fair Gallery
  • 6:00 pm — 8:00 pm
  • 233 Westminster Street

World’s Fair Gallery presents Cardkits Toys! Join World’s Fair Gallery to celebrate the launch of Cardkits, a line of beautiful paper toys created by designer and educator Anther...


Waterfire Providence

  • Sat, Sep 14
  • Waterfire
  • Downtown Riverwalk

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...

How to Design Coworking Space That People Love & Get it Into Wikipedia

  • Sun, Sep 15
  • What Cheer Writer's Club
  • 12:30 pm — 3:00 pm
  • 160 Westminster Street, Floor 2

Strongly recommended if your design projects deserve to be in Wikipedia and/or you’re involved in open office design. Many people, introverts especially, find it hard to focus or...


Growing Your Design Business Presented by Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses

  • Mon, Sep 16
  • Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses
  • 12:00 pm — 1:30 pm
  • 513 Broadway, Newport, RI 02840

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses invites you to enjoy lunch and join a conversation with local prominent designers about how to grow your design business. Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses at CCRI...

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Exploring Flexible Design Systems with Drupal’s Layout Builder

  • Mon, Sep 16
  • Oomph, Inc.
  • 12:00 pm — 1:30 pm
  • 72 Clifford Street

Advanced content management in digital platforms has matured into a set of powerful design paradigms — rows, components, and styles. Oomph Inc.‘s latest project with the RISD Museum created a...

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Featured Speaker: The Policy Lab - How Can We Design So No One’s Left Behind?

  • Mon, Sep 16
  • DESIGNxRI & The Policy Lab
  • 6:00 pm — 8:00 pm
  • TBA

From Apple to Airbnb, we see the impact of design in some of the best products and services that we use every day. What about services for our most vulnerable...


Town Hall “Tours” with DBVW Architects

  • Tue, Sep 17
  • DBVW Architects
  • 12:00 pm — 1:30 pm
  • 111 Chestnut Street

Two Municipal Projects in Massachusetts that Saved Historic Resources While Building for the Future Two municipalities in Massachusetts were recently faced with similar challenges. Each had a significant historic resource...


Designing at the Speed of Light

  • Tue, Sep 17
  • FARO and Rhode Island College
  • 12:00 pm — 1:30 pm
  • 600 Mt Pleasant Ave

Faro is partnering with Rhode Island College to show you how to improve the time it takes to design and reverse engineer by collecting the world in 3D. Combining 3D...

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Differentiation by Innovation: Tour and Lunch at Orion R|E|D

  • Tue, Sep 17
  • Orion HD / A division of Orion R|E|D
  • 12:00 pm — 1:30 pm
  • 270 Jenckes Hill Road

For over 30 years Orion RED has provided design, engineering and manufacturing services to architectural clients around the world. Their newest division, Orion HD, was established to focus on serving the...

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Lotuff Leather Studio Tour

  • Wed, Sep 18
  • Lotuff Leather
  • 12:00 pm — 1:30 pm
  • 1 Sims Avenue

Based out of a sunny corner studio in the heart of Providence, Lotuff Leather has always believed that taking the time to create superior-quality goods fosters success and dignity. With...


Abstracting Apps: Information Architecture for User Experience Design

  • Wed, Sep 18
  • MojoTech
  • 12:00 pm — 1:30 pm
  • 56 Exchange Terrace, #210

The apps we love feel intuitive—like they were built for us. Things are right where we expect them to be, so we can find what we’re looking for...


Access, Inclusion + Design, Let’s Talk!

  • Wed, Sep 18
  • RISD/Brown Design For America
  • 12:00 pm — 1:30 pm
  • 2 College Street

Variation in human ability is ordinary, not special, and will affect most of us for parts of our lives. Yet, we have designed a world full of barriers for a...

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  • Wed, Sep 18
  • 6:00 pm — 9:00 pm
  • 225 Dyer Street, Seventh Floor

Yummy bites, delicious cocktails, a fantastic city view, and distinguished design ~ join us for the celebration of design in Rhode Island, now in its sixth year! We’re thrilled to...

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Staying Sharpe: Moving Sharpe House and Creating a New Unified Home for Brown’s History Department

  • Thu, Sep 19
  • KITE Architects
  • 12:00 pm — 1:30 pm
  • 1 Central Street

How do you move a historic house? More importantly, where do you put it down? Get a behind-the-scenes look at the challenges that KITE Architects faced in moving the four-story...


Process Wasn’t Built in a Day: An Ever-Evolving Approach

  • Thu, Sep 19
  • Linchpin
  • 12:00 pm — 1:30 pm
  • 80 Fountain Street, Suite #223

Linchpin is a digital agency with a passion for carefully crafting custom web solutions. Their approach merges market research, data analysis, and content strategy with the latest technologies and creative...


Protecting Your Art, Designs, and Ideas: What All Designers Should Know in the Intellectual Economy

  • Thu, Sep 19
  • PCK Intellectual Property
  • 12:00 pm — 1:30 pm
  • 235 Promenade Street, Suite 141

Learn about strategies to understand and benefit from Design Patents, 3D Trademarks, Licensing, and other IP consideration often overlooked by small businesses and independent designers. PCK Intellectual Property’s Alan...


Park(ing) Day

  • Fri, Sep 20
  • APA RI
  • 8:00 am — 4:00 pm
  • Providence, RI

Park(ing) Day was launched November 16, 2005, when Rebar converted a single metered parking space into a temporary public park in the SOMA district of San Francisco. The installation was a...


Color in Design: An Interactive Journey into Colorful Interiors

  • Fri, Sep 20
  • Blakely Interior Design
  • 12:00 pm — 1:30 pm
  • 650 Ten Rod Road

Color is a visual medium that creates emotions in people that excite and energize. The use of color in design has a profound impact on how a space makes people...


Rigid Box Design & Making Workshop

  • Fri, Sep 20
  • Taylor Box Company
  • 12:00 pm — 1:30 pm
  • 293 Child Street

Learn about designing rigid boxes and how packaging design helps drive brand value. In this workshop, attendees will first experience conceptualizing and developing structural form in Artios with Taylor Box’...


Cultivating the Urban Landscape: Three Strategies at Providence’s Waterfront

  • Fri, Sep 20
  • Design Under Sky
  • 5:00 pm — 7:00 pm
  • 57 Hudson Street, Providence

10,000 SUNS, Living Edge, and The Shack Garden, are all three recent projects by the Landscape Architecture office Design Under Sky, led by Landscape Architect Adam E. Anderson. Each project presents...

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Open House at Studio Rainwater

  • Fri, Sep 20
  • Studio Rainwater
  • 6:00 pm — 8:00 pm
  • 110 King Philip Road, #2F

Studio Rainwater is a branding agency that helps businesses and organizations find creative ways to show the world why their work matters. They’re gearing up for our busiest season ...

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  • Sat, Sep 21
  • Paper Connection International
  • 166 Doyle Avenue, Floor 2

For two and a half decades, Paper Connection International, LLC has been one of Rhode Island’s best kept secrets. On September 21st, during DESIGN WEEK RI 2019 they will host...