Design and designers aren’t going anywhere. They are here to stay. In fact, after a decade as an organization, we know that Rhode Island has a robust and thriving design industry. It’s evident that designers will remain pivotal in addressing the challenges our society encounters. With that in mind, in 2024, we will be highlighting events and hosting programs that showcase forward-thinking design, offering a glimpse into the future direction of the design industry and supporting the designers who will take us there.


2024 Fall Design Catalyst Info Session

Wed, April 24th | 6-7 PM

The Design Catalyst Program is returning for a second time in 2024! Questions? Concerns? Attend our virtual info session on Wednesday, April 24th to learn more about the program and application process. Sign up below!

2024 Design Catalyst Showcase

May 2nd | 6-8 PM
Providence Public Library | Ship Room
150 Empire St, Providence, RI 02903

DESIGNxRI is thrilled to celebrate the 2024 Catalyst Cohort at the Catalyst Showcase! Join us on May 2nd at PPL to meet the Cohort and learn more about their businesses.

Programs | 2024

DESIGNxRI is currently offering two programs for designers and creatives with small businesses or creative business ideas: the DxRI Launch Program and the Design Catalyst Program. Both programs cater to low-to-moderate income designers and creative entrepreneurs. Learn more about each program below.

The DxRI Launch Program* is a free, 6 week program designed for low-to-moderate income Providence residents looking to jump start their creative business. The program includes five Core Business Workshops and three Group Coaching Sessions. 

Formally known as Providence Pre-Catalyst, which first ran in 2023.

Design Catalyst is a competitive, milestones-based grant program for Rhode Island creative businesses. This program provides seed capital, business mentorship, professional development training, and peer-to-peer networking. Spring Design Catalyst is currently underway, and applications for Fall Design Catalyst open soon!

Events | 2024

Join us and the design community in Rhode Island! Registration for most events is free, and everyone is welcome. Learn more below, and check out our Events Calendar above to see what’s coming up next.

Creative Conversations is a speaker series designed to bring together designers, creatives, and design enthusiasts to exchange ideas and get inspired. Creative Conversations happen throughout the year, so keep up to date about future ones on our Events Calendar.

DESIGN WEEK RI is the annual celebration of design ~ featuring Rhode Island designers, creatives and entrepreneurs!

Each year, DESIGN WEEK RI offers talks, tours, panel discussions, parties, and more that showcase the design talent across Rhode Island – featuring and hosted by our many partners and design friends.