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Rhode Island may be a small state, but the size of the design community is great and palpable. In fact, Rhode Island has the 3rd largest percentage of creative sector jobs in the country, after New York and California.

The design industries in particular continue to grow: between 2007 and 2012, 500 new design businesses came online in the state, despite the recession. Further, Providence has the 3rd most industrial designers per capita, after Detroit and Cleveland. And a bevy of award-winning design schools and assets that continue to feed this concentration of creativity.

While design grows nationally in its recognition as an important driver for change, innovation and our economy – Rhode Island designers should be part of this conversation, and positioned in the national and global landscape. DESIGNxRI wants to help make this happen.

On these pages, connect with top notch Rhode Island designers across all disciplines. Search by industry, review case studies, and learn more about the impact and potential impact of innovative Rhode Island designers. And join us at any number of events throughout the year.

RI is a hot bed of design and creativity. We invite you to join us!



DESIGNxRI (DxRI) is a nonprofit economic development organization with a mission to create an opportunity-driven environment for RI designers, design businesses, and the design sector to thrive. We believe design is a critical economic sector that drives change globally, socially, and locally. As the only statewide 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 key opportunities.



DxRI is supported by DESIGN WEEK RI Sponsors, diverse collaborations and partnerships, and through grants from the following organizations:


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