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Thursday, September 12

Sep 12

Rhode Rally - RI Gift Industry Manufacturer’s Association Mixer

  • 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...

Sep 12

Art After Dark: PLAYDATE on the LAWN

  • 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...

Sep 12

AS220 Drink+Ink

  • 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...

Sep 12

Ethical Approaches to Artificial Intelligence

  • 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...

Friday, September 13

Sep 13

Tour of DWRI Letterpress

  • 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...

Sep 13

Design Meets Performance

  • 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...

Sep 13

25th Anniversary Open Studio with DBVW Architects

  • 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...

Sep 13

DESIGN WEEK RI 2019 Kickoff Party

  • 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...

Saturday, September 14

Sep 14

Cardkits Launch Show

  • 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...

Sep 14

Waterfire Providence

  • 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...

Sep 14

Taylor Mac: A 24-Decade History of Popular Music

  • 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...

Sunday, September 15

Sep 15

How to Design Open Offices That People Love & Get Them Into Wikipedia

  • 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...

Sep 15

Fashion Fete - A Fashion & Beauty Expo

  • 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...

Sep 15

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

  • 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...

Monday, September 16

Sep 16

Exploring Flexible Design Systems with Drupal’s Layout Builder

  • 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...

Sep 16

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

  • 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. ...

Sep 16

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

  • 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...

Sep 16

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

  • 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...

Tuesday, September 17

Sep 17

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

  • 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...

Sep 17

Saving Historic Resources While Building for the Future

  • 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...

Sep 17

Designing at the Speed of Light

  • 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...

Sep 17

Marathon Clambake

  • 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...

Wednesday, September 18

Sep 18

Lotuff Leather Studio Tour

  • 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...

Sep 18

Access, Inclusion + Design, Let’s Talk!

  • 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...

Sep 18

Abstracting Apps: Information Architecture for User Experience Design

  • 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...

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...

Thursday, September 19

Sep 19

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

  • 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...

Sep 19

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

  • 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...

Sep 19

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

  • 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...

Sep 19

Keynote Speaker: Amy Devers - Creativity is Core

  • 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...

Friday, September 20

Sep 20

Park(ing) Day

  • 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...

Sep 20

Rigid Box Design & Making Workshop

  • 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...

Sep 20

Color in Design: An Interactive Journey into Colorful Interiors

  • 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...

Sep 20

A Designer’s Role: Changing our Healthcare System

  • 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...

Sep 20

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

  • 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...

Sep 20

Studio Rainwater Open House

  • 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...

Saturday, September 21

Sep 21

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

  • 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...

Sep 21

Ocean State Oyster Festival

  • 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...

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...