Recently, RISD alumnus and Airbnb co-founder Joe Gebbia spoke at a Providence Chamber luncheon. He talked about his design education experience in Rhode Island and how design drives Airbnb’s success. He also said, a number of times, and in a number of ways: “Rhode Island has an amazing talent pool.”

We agree.

Rhode Island may be a small state, but the impact of the design community is palpable. Yes, we have some of the nation’s largest concentration of design and creative talent, but we also have a sector with global impact and reach:

Over 75% of Rhode Island designers export their design talent, providing impact for clients throughout the U.S.; 35% work with international clients.

While design grows in its recognition as an important driver for change, innovation and our economy – DESIGNxRI wants Rhode Island designers to be part of this conversation, and positioned in the national and global landscape. And over the years, DESIGN WEEK RI has been a part of our strategy to make this happen. This event is our chance to come together, celebrate, and shine a light on our thriving design community.

Since launching the first DESIGN WEEK RI in 2014, the event has consistently grown and attracted a broad audience. Last year, upwards of 10,000 people attended, logged in, or received communications about the 3rd annual DESIGN WEEK RI. More than 1,350 people took part in 45 events around the state, sponsored and hosted by 128 designers, businesses, and partners. This represents a 22% increase from the 2nd annual event and includes 17.5% of out of state visitors.

Momentum for this event is growing and awareness of RI’s talent is growing along with it. What we love the most about this event: the collaboration and camaraderie of our amazing design friends, partners and community. We certainly don’t do this alone, and that’s part of the fun.

What you’ll find throughout this 12-day event is a mix of design talent - from architecture and apparel design to industrial design to user experience design - and a range of options to discover more about the RI design community. Talks, tours, lunches, parties, and more create a dynamic schedule to fancy any flavor.

Design in Rhode Island is packed with incredible talent. Telling that story is our mission. DESIGN WEEK RI is our medium (one of many). The RI design community is the message.

Join us in September and check out what lies in this small state brewing with global design talent.

DESIGN WEEK RI happens September 13 - 24, 2017. While our proposals to host events or participate during the Week is closed, we would be excited to talk to you about Volunteering or Sponsorship.

The full 2017 schedule will be live in August! In the meantime, check out last year’s schedule for a taste of what’s to come. And get in touch with us with any thoughts or just to say hello via info@designxri.com!

PS: For more 2016 Highlights and Information on Sponsorship Opportunities, check out this powerpoint presentation!