October Design Events

Oct 2


  • Mel Rainsberger
  • 10:00 am — 10:00 am

Rhode Island is a unique place. And RI designers are an incredible bunch. Join in on this DESIGN WEEK RI exclusive *design challenge*. Showcase your design style and appreciation for...

Oct 2

Kick Off Event!

  • 6:00 pm — 7:00 pm

​Kicking It Off! Join us at this live virtual event to Kick Off the 7th Annual DESIGN WEEK RI! Special Guests join as we dig into the 2020 calendar, announce the...

Oct 3

Community Builder on Bikes!

  • DownCity Design
  • 1:00 pm — 4:00 pm
  • 93 Cranston Street, Providence, RI

Celebrate DownCity Design’s community design studios with a live bicycle tour of their past public projects! DCD will offer a safe, socially distanced tour experience featuring you-designed, youth-built projects...

Oct 4

Tiny Tours by Designers

  • 12:30 pm — 3:30 pm

Art builds connection, and connection builds community. This concept inspires much of what the Museum does, and making space for art has never felt more necessary. Tiny Tours launched just...

Oct 5

Build Your Own Box Workshop

  • Taylor Box Company
  • 12:00 pm — 1:30 pm

Attendees who participate in this event will learn about designing award-winning paperboard packaging, then follow along with our Design Engineers to construct their own rigid box with the Taylor Box ...

Oct 5

Digital Healthcare Design: Creating Connections with Remote Monitoring and Digital Ecosystems

  • NEMIC; Ximedica
  • 2:00 pm — 3:00 pm

Today, more than ever, digital healthcare technologies are at the forefront of innovation and use. Diagnostics, at-home monitoring devices, health monitoring apps and wearables, like the Apple watch, are used...

Oct 5

Stories of the Bay: How Art and Design Can Affect the Health of Our Waters

  • PVDFest Ideas Talk, Dept of Art, Culture + Tourism, KITE Architects
  • 3:30 pm — 5:00 pm

Design can make the invisible visible! Join this panel discussion hosted by KITE Architects and PVDFest Ideas to hear how Rhode Island practitioners are using design thinking, ancestral knowledge, and...

Oct 5

Design in Crisis: How the COVID-19 Crisis illustrates Social Impact Design

  • 5:30 pm — 7:00 pm

When COVID-19 hit the U.S., design visualizations helped us understand “flatten the curve”. When it rapidly progressed, makers of all backgrounds answered the call to supply masks while designers...

Oct 6

Recreate Historical Buildings with Lasers!

  • Functional 3D
  • 12:00 pm — 1:00 pm

From immersive digital experiences to detailed existing conditions join Functional 3D Founder, Christopher Wilczewski to learn how 3D laser scanning and photogrammetry can improve the the speed, accuracy and visual...

Oct 6

The Value of Systems Approach

  • OCTO
  • 2:00 pm — 3:00 pm

Join the founder of OCTO, Justin Sirotin and senior members of his team in a discussion about the value of a systems approach to complex problem solving. Explore what it...

Oct 6

Out of Office: Building a flexible design studio wherever you are

  • Studio Den Den
  • 4:00 pm — 5:00 pm

Having grown tired of life in established firms and city life, designers George Coffin and Jillian R. Wiedenmayer ditched their Brooklyn digs in favor of the road less traveled -...

Oct 6

Marathon Clambake

  • 6:00 pm — 7:30 pm

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...

Oct 7

Boston Design Week | Week Two

  • Fusco & Four

​Join our friends just north for Week Two of Boston Design Week. Boston Design Week seeks to increase public awareness and appreciation of all aspects of design, foster recognition of...

Oct 7

Communicating During Collaboration

  • IIDA New England
  • 12:00 pm — 1:15 pm

Good communication skills are essential in today’s workplace. Whether it’s communication with tact and diplomacy, managing up, dealing with difficult people, understanding people’s communication styles, using emotional...

Oct 7

Paper As Textile

  • Paper Connection International, LLC
  • 2:00 pm — 3:00 pm

Show and tell of paper used as a decorative and often functional textile including paper face masks and a 20 min demo of batikking on paper.

Oct 7

Designing the Bodhi Spa Experience

  • KITE Architects
  • 5:30 pm — 7:00 pm

Join KITE Architects’ Christine West, AIA, and Brigida Capicatto for a sneak peak of the highly anticipated Bodhi Spa in Providence. This zoom experience will include a virtual tour of...

Oct 8

Oct 8

Job Searching In Times of Uncertainty with Sacsha Flowers

  • Sacsha Flowers
  • 10:00 am — 11:30 am

Does planning for your next career move in the middle of a pandemic have you feeling blue? Sacsha Flowers of Nu Phase Creative Consultancy is here to guide creatives towards...

Oct 8

Portfolio Review Sessions

  • 11:30 am — 1:30 pm

Are you looking for a job, new clients, or need a portfolio refresh? DESIGNxRI is excited to offer virtual portfolio review sessions during Design Week 2020. Whether you’re in the...

Oct 8

Leaders by ReDesign

  • Venture Café Providence Powered by Innovation Studio
  • 12:00 pm — 12:45 pm

As we navigate our rapidly changing world, business leaders need to develop new skills and ways of working to support their colleagues, clients, and employees. Join us on Thursday, October 8...

Oct 8

Designing Growth

  • Venture Café Providence
  • 12:45 pm — 1:30 pm

A Conversation with Rhode Island design entrepreneurs Susan Mocarski of Cleverhood and Yemi Sekoni of Donohue Models & Talent about how they have grown their design businesses: the hurdles, the...

Oct 8

What Now? ~ 2020 Keynote Review

  • 6:00 pm — 8:00 pm

Join us and our inspired speakers of the past as we explore “What now?”. Since 2014, the DESIGN WEEK RI Keynote Speakers have brought context, spirit, provocative thought and reflective inspiration....

Oct 9

Media and Design Allies in Action: Unpacking White Supremacy Culture with Leslie Mac

  • Leslie Mac
  • 10:00 am — 12:00 pm

The call to confront systemic racism in our work as designers is urgent, and unavoidable. Designer and activist Leslie Mac joins us to explore the tools, resources and techniques to...

Oct 9

From aging health to product: the story of VISIT

  • 12:00 pm — 1:30 pm

VISIT is a monthly activity kit that guides positive relationship-building between family members & friends and their loved ones living with dementia. Based on a proven social/cognitive method created...

Oct 9

Brainstorm Innovation Boost

  • Allison Ingalsbe
  • 2:30 pm — 4:00 pm

How might we find creative and innovative solutions to complex problems? Design thinking is a framework that harnesses empathy, creativity, collaboration, diverse perspectives, prototyping and testing as an effective and...

Oct 9

DBVW Architects and Farm Fresh RI Tour!

  • DBVW Architects
  • 4:00 pm — 5:30 pm
  • Corner of Kinsley and Sims Ave, Providence

​Join DBVW Associate Principal Virginia Branch and Farm Fresh RI’s Co-Executive Director Jesse Rye on a tour of the soon to open Farm Fresh RI Food Hub in Providence...

Oct 9

Closing Cocktails at ISCO!

  • 5:30 pm — 7:00 pm
  • One Sims Ave #103, Providence, RI 09203

On Day Eight, DESIGN WEEK RI 2020 comes to a close ~ but we couldn’t end this remarkable year of hybrid events without a proper cocktail and *outdoor* gathering with our...

Oct 27

DFWD WORKSHOP: Creative Facilitation in Virtual Times

  • 10:00 am — 12:00 pm

Facilitation—whether of a team meeting, a focus group, or a larger workshop—is a key skill. Gain confidence with planning and leading a meeting to solicit input from clients...