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...


Rhode Rally - RI Gift Industry Manufacturer’s 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...


Ethical Approaches to Artificial Intelligence

  • Thu, Sep 12
  • Venture Café
  • 6:30 pm — 7:30 pm
  • 225 Dyer Street

Bring your own ideas to this free-form group discussion on AI, data science and the ethics of how to use these new tools. You’ll discuss when it’s okay...


Tour of DWRI Letterpress

  • Fri, Sep 13
  • 10:00 am — 11:30 am
  • 40 Rice Street, #1

Join Dan Wood, owner of DWRI Letterpress, for a tour of the working letterpress print shop. You’ll see DWRI Letterpress’ collection of historic printing equipment and learn how they...


Design Meets Performance

  • Fri, Sep 13
  • LOFT
  • 12:00 pm — 4:00 pm
  • 19 Bassett Street

Bose and Loft share how they use an intensely collaborative process to build product experiences. Set inside Slingshot, Loft’s onsite R&D lab, users will participate in a...

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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...

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DESIGN WEEK RI 2019 Kickoff Party

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

Join us to kick off the 6th annual DESIGN WEEK RI with a party at our new space in the Design + Innovation District! We’ll have creative cocktails and wine...

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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
  • 7:00 pm — 11:30 pm
  • 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...


Taylor Mac: A 24-Decade History of Popular Music

  • Sat, Sep 14
  • FirstWorks
  • 8:00 pm — 11:00 pm
  • 1 Ave of the Arts

“A necessary and great American epic for our time” (Los Angeles Times) Equal parts community organizer, Elizabethan fool and bedazzled bon vivant, Taylor Mac is recognized as one of the...


How to Design Open Offices That People Love & Get Them 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...

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Fashion Fete - A Fashion & Beauty Expo

  • Sun, Sep 15
  • Fashion Fete
  • 3:00 pm — 6:30 pm
  • 41 Fricker Street

FASHION FETE, is a fashion and beauty expo that brings all fashion lovers to meet our group of esteemed fashion and accessory designers and vendors, thus creating the perfect environment...

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Parker Mills Multi-Enterprise Redevelopment & “A Taste of Warren” at McKenzie Gibson Studios

  • Sun, Sep 15
  • 5:00 pm — 7:00 pm
  • 100 Elm Street

Built in 1899, Parker Mills has been a long-standing fixture in the town of Warren. Recently, Peter King, CEO of WaterRower, took ownership of this 230,000sf mill complex. This purchase was...

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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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Bridges: Spanning Wholesale to Retail, Textiles to Jewelry, and India to the US

  • Mon, Sep 16
  • 12:00 pm — 1:30 pm
  • 780 Hope Street

pH Factor was founded by RISD alum Priya Himatsingka. The new boutique on Hope Street, Providence opened its doors in April of 2019. Priya brings together collections that span various cultures...

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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

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses invites you to enjoy lunch and join a conversation with local prominent designers Miles Endo and Suzanne Ellis Wernevi about how to grow your design business. ...


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
  • 20 Washington Place

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...


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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Saving Historic Resources While Building for the Future

  • 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...

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Marathon Clambake

  • Tue, Sep 17
  • 6:00 pm — 8:00 pm
  • 20 Risho Avenue

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...

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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...

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Access, Inclusion + Design, Let’s Talk!

  • Wed, Sep 18
  • RISD/Brown Design For America
  • 12:00 pm — 1:30 pm
  • 226 Benefit Street, Providence, RI

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...


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...

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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...


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...

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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...


Keynote Speaker: Amy Devers - Creativity is Core

  • Thu, Sep 19
  • 7:00 pm — 8:30 pm
  • 17 Canal Walk

Join us for the 6th annual DESIGN WEEK RI Keynote Talk by Amy Devers, co-host of Clever Podcast. Too often people think of “creativity” as a quality that some people...


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...


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...

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A Designer’s Role: Changing our Healthcare System

  • Fri, Sep 20
  • 12:00 pm — 1:30 pm
  • 150 Chestnut Street

The United States’ current healthcare system is in crisis. We spend the most money on healthcare-related expenses of any country. 27 million American citizens either pay out of pocket or have...


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...


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

  • Fri, Sep 20
  • Design Under Sky
  • 5:00 pm — 7:00 pm
  • The Living Edge (across from The Wild Colonial)

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...


Studio Rainwater Open House

  • Fri, Sep 20
  • Studio Rainwater
  • 6:00 pm — 9:00 pm
  • 110 King Philip Road, #2F

Join Studio Rainwater for an evening of creativity and cocktails to celebrate design in Rhode Island. There will be tasty bites, drinks, and opportunities for playful creative collaboration to reconnect...


Open House at the Steel Yard Super Studio - Ready for Another 100 Years of Industrial Arts

  • Sat, Sep 21
  • The Steel Yard
  • 10:00 am — 12:00 pm
  • 27 Sims Avenue

The Steel Yard is a non-profit industrial arts center and shared studio in Providence. They’re a maker-space and non-traditional craft school, offering artist residencies, workforce job-training, public-art amenities, and...

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Ocean State Oyster Festival

  • Sat, Sep 21
  • City of Providence
  • 1:00 pm — 7:00 pm
  • Riverwalk Park, South Water Street

CELEBRATING RHODE ISLAND’S UNIQUE OYSTER CULTURE IN SEPTEMBER 2019, THE CITY OF PROVIDENCE HOSTS THIS 5TH ANNUAL EVENT. More than 6.4 million Rhode Island oysters were sold for consumption in 2013, according...

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  • Sat, Sep 21
  • Paper Connection International
  • 3:00 pm — 5:00 pm
  • 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...