Resources for RI Design | COVID-19


Resources for RI Design | COVID-19

DESIGNxRI is here to support you during this challenging time. We’ve been working to consolidate the resources available in one place and will keep this updated as these become available. Resources for Designers and Design Businesses:

  • A disaster loan program is offered by our partners at the Small Business Administration (SBA): Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program
  • CommerceRI has a free Small Business Helpline 401-521-HELP that is staffed by real people during business hours Monday - Friday as well as an email
  • Find helpful information about unemployment insurance, loans and other key issues relevant to small businesses in the COVID-19 pandemic here.
  • Department of Labor and Training has put out an excellent Fact Sheet for RI employees and employers. They have also set up a dedicated email and hotline 401-462-2020.
  • Check out this list of resources to support freelance artists, designers, and creatives here.
  • NEW! If you’re in a hiring position, or are able to commission a freelancer right now, consider hiring an individual listed in this Designers in need of work during the COVID-19 pandemic spreadsheet.
  • NEW! Follow AIGA’s weekly Design Job Listings, which is actively sourcing and flagging remove positions, too.
  • NEW! Scan a few jobs boards creating specifically for remote designers, such as Remote Design Jobs, Design Remotely, and Working Nomads.
  • NEW! For anyone running your own business, Holly Howard, a business consultant and educator who comes highly recommended by several of our designer friends, is offering a 3-hour webinar called “Master Class in Crisis.” Payment is offered on a sliding scale.
  • NEW! The fashion label Pyer Moss is offering a $50,000 grant for “minority and women owned small creative businesses who are currently in distress.” If this is you, email them at
  • Free Digital Tools including Video Conferencing for RI Businesses and designers
    • Microsoft has agreed to provide their Office 365 E1 program for free for six months to all RI employers. Click here to learn more.
    • Cisco is offering free WebEx video conferencing and a remote-work adoption toolkit to help guide businesses in their transition to working at home.
    • Google is offering free access to their Hangouts Meet, another video conferencing system, for all of their GSuite and GSuite education customers.
    • Schools and school districts can contact Zoom and the company will lift their 40-minute meeting limit on their free basic accounts.
    • Adobe is offering students free “at-home” access to Creative Cloud access while campuses are closed.
    • Adobe is also offering free 90-day access to Adobe Connect, their web-conferencing solution, until July 1, 2020
    • NEW! Tune into Adobe’s Creative Summit on March 31, which will now be online and free.
    • NEW! AIGA members at the Sustaining level will receive 40% off an annual premium subscription to Skillshare. New AIGA members, at any level, receive 2 months free.

Remote working resources:

Resources by Industry:

  • Rhode Island Manufacturers Association has resource links on their website.
  • American Architects Association has resources on this dedicated page.
  • American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) has provided resources for teaching graphic designers on their website.
  • NEW! AIGA also posted this huge list of what we as a community can do to help each other and ourselves!
  • American Society of Interior Design (ASID) has a letter from the CEO here that provides an update.
  • American Society of Landscape Architecture (ASLA) has provided an update from their CEO here.