5th Annual DESIGN WEEK RI Set to Launch With More Than 35 Events Scheduled


5th Annual DESIGN WEEK RI Set to Launch With More Than 35 Events Scheduled

DESIGNxRI’s signature event showcases the talent, innovation, and impact of RI designers

Takes place September 13 - 22, 2018 throughout Rhode Island

The 5th annual DESIGN WEEK RI will kick off on September 13 and runs through September 22, 2018 for 10 days of highly curated events showcasing the talent, innovation, and economic impact of the design sector in Rhode Island. To date, the schedule of events includes more than 35 events in locations throughout the State.

DESIGN WEEK RI (DWRI) is a program instituted by DESIGNxRI, an organization working to maximize the assets of the RI design community, highlight the breadth of talent in the state, and nurture growth in the sector. The packed schedule includes talks, tours, luncheons, workshops, parties, and more. Events range from visual and brand identity, to landscape architecture and city planning, product design and user experience, to civic systems and design strategy. The full calendar is posted on DESIGNxRI’s website: www.designweekri.com. Some highlights from DWRI include:

• September 14 – DWRI’s Kick Off Party featuring Designers in Bands, the Mobile Maker Lab, installations, food trucks and more

• September 17 – Featured Speaker, Alex Hornstein, speaks of holograms, VR and new experiences

• September 18 – Keynote Speaker, Ashley Axios, explores what the presidency used to be like

• September 19 – Marathon Clambake brings four designers to this special DWRI installment of the design sector’s monthly speaker series

• September 20 – RI Design Hall of Fame recognizes design leaders at this Annual Celebration of Design

In addition to the packed schedule of events, each year during DWRI, DESIGNxRI recognizes proven leaders in the Rhode Island design community for their contributions to the industry and celebrates their accomplishments by inducting them into the Rhode Island Design Hall of Fame. This year’s recipients will join 15 esteemed professionals who have received this honor since its inception in 2014.

The 2017 DESIGN WEEK RI featured 207 partners, hosts and sponsors and 56 events. Since inception, the event has had an average increase in audience attendance of 19.5% over the previous year.

A sampling of this year’s participating Event Hosts includes:

KITE Architects/Steel Yard, Louis Raymond Landscape Design, MojoTech, NEMIC, Business Innovation Factory, OCTO PD, Avenue Concept, Oomph/RISD Museum, Union Studio Architecture & Community Build, and the City of Providence

Sponsors to date include:

Ximedica, Platinum Sponsor, Signature Printing, CCRI’s Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses, Polaris MEP, IIDA New England, RISCA, City of Providence, (add)ventures, Bradford Soap, DiLeonardo International, KITE Architects, and RISD

Many of the events during DWRI are free. Others cost $10 for the lunch series (lunch included). The Kick Off Party has a suggested donation of $15 and tickets to the RI Design Hall of Fame party are $75/$80 after Sept 16. All proceeds go to support the operational costs of hosting this annual showcase of design in Rhode Island.

For more information, contact Catherine Chung at 401-457-0811, catherine@designxri.com. Visit

www.designweekri.com for upcoming details.

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DESIGNxRI is a nonprofit economic development organization with a mission to create an opportunity driven environment for the RI design sector to thrive. We believe design is a critical economic sector that drives change globally, socially and locally. As the only nonprofit economic development organization for design in RI, we build value in the sector by investing in RI design talent, increasing strategic assets in the field, and connecting this talent to cross-sector prospects. Learn more at www.designxri.com.

All photos credited to DESIGNxRI