Recent Coverage

  • 30 Under 30

    30 Under 30

    Forbes | December 16, 2012

    Alums Sally LaPointe [06 AP] and Asher Israelow  [08 AR] named to 30 Under 30 Art & Style list.

  • The World's 25 Best Design Schools

    The World's 25 Best Design Schools

    Business Insider | Megan Rose Dickey | November 23, 2012

    Rhode Island School of Design ranked number 1 in a survey of the world best design schools.

  • Campus Entrepreneurs Follow Hearts

    Campus Entrepreneurs Follow Hearts

    Providence Business News | Rebecca Keister | November 12, 2012

    Leanne Luce [AP 13] had an idea for a fold-up clothes-drying rack made to fit dormitory rooms. When Quirky, a social product-development company, visited campus she pitched her idea and soon the Slimline will go into production.

     

  • America's Most Beautiful College Libraries

    America's Most Beautiful College Libraries

    Travel + Leisure | Tanvi Chhada | November 2012

    Rhode Island School of Design's Fleet Library was named one of America's most beautiful libraries by Travel + Leisure magazine.

  • RISD Entrepreneurs Share Secrets of Success

    RISD Entrepreneurs Share Secrets of Success

    Rhode Island Monthly | Jen McCaffery | October 11, 2012 

    Joe Gebbia [05 GD/ID]  kicked off RISD’s Entrepreneur Mindshare with a lecture on his experiences as co-founder of Airbnb. 

  • Artist Ian Williams' Obama, Romney Play-Doh Creations Win Award

    Artist Ian Williams' Obama, Romney Play-Doh Creations Win Award

    The Huffington Post | Craig Kanalley | October 2, 2012 

    Ian Williams [13 SC], who modeled 2012 presidential candidates Barack Obama and Mitt Romney solely out of Play-Doh, has earned the title "Play-Doh Artist of the Year" and a $5,000 tuition stipend from Hasbro.  

     

  • Supima Design Competition

    Supima Design Competition

    Women's Wear Daily | Arthur Friedman | September 7, 2012

    Recent apparel alums Abbey Glass [12 AP] and Jacqueline Siefert [12 AP] participated in the Supima Design Competition and runway show during fashion week.

  • RISD Carves Up History's Silent Witness

    RISD Carves Up History's Silent Witness

    Providence Phoenix | Phil Eil | September 5, 2012

    Students in "The Witness Tree" studio created objects from the fallen Olmsted Elm. A collection of student work is on exhibit until Sept. 30 at Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site in Brookline.

  • An Illustrator at the Mayo Clinic

    An Illustrator at the Mayo Clinic

    Metropolis | Samantha Dempsey | August 16, 2012  

     Samantha Dempsey [13 IL] is one of six RISD students doing really amazing internships this summer after being selected as Maharam STEAM Fellows. Samantha shares the experience of her internship in a post with Metropolis magazine's P/O/V blog.

  • RI, Conn. Leaders: Manufacturing Key to Growth

    RI, Conn. Leaders: Manufacturing Key to Growth

    Associated Press | David Klepper | August 7, 2012

    Congressmen David Cicilline (RI), Joe Courtney (CT), Jim Langevin (RI) and John Larson (CT) joined together to discuss the importance of regional advanced manufacturing. The event with RISD highlighted economic benefits of advanced manufacturing and critical making.

  • Ginnie Dunleavy: Cultivating Creativity

    Ginnie Dunleavy: Cultivating Creativity

    Food Service Director | Lindsey Ramsey | August 2012

    Ginnie Dunleavy, Director of Dining, discusses how she uses creativity to run a successful dining program at RISD.

  • The Tools That Make It Happen

    The Tools That Make It Happen

    Design Milk | Jaime Derringer | July 12, 2012

    Adam Smith, Industrial Design Department Head, discuss the machines and tools used in the ID program at RISD.

  • Designing a Connected Planet

    Designing a Connected Planet

     The New York Times | Andrew Revkin | June 13, 2012

    Rhode Island School of Design and Brown University will host the annual "A Better World By Design" conference in the fall. The design challenge for this year is focused on connecting the disconnected and expanding high-speed Internet access.

  • RISD Taps Somerson as Provost

    RISD Taps Somerson as Provost

    Providence Business News | May 31, 2012 

    Rosanne Somerson has been appointed as the new provost of Rhode Island School of Design.

  • RISD’s STEM to STEAM, in the Morning

    RISD’s STEM to STEAM, in the Morning

    The Providence Phoenix | David Scharfenberg | May 30, 2012

    RISD and CreativeMornings partnered to host "The Intersection of Arts + Technology" themed events for the month of June. On June 8 RISD hosted a special pop-up chapter with Kelly Dobson, Department Head of Digital + Media, as the speaker.

  • A Stroller For The City

    A Stroller For The City

     The Boston Globe | Megan Woolhouse | May 28, 2012

    Rhode Island School of Design and Massachusetts Institute of Technology students have designed a stroller to help moms get around the city. The students came up with the idea in a joint product design and development course.

     

  • Colleges Woo Tech Millionaires-in-Waiting

    Colleges Woo Tech Millionaires-in-Waiting

    Bloomberg BusinessWeek | Claire Suddath | May 24, 2012 

    Joe Gebbia [05 ID], co-founder of Airbnb, is an active alum and was recently named to the board of trustees.

  • Celebrating Animation at RISD

    Celebrating Animation at RISD

     Providence Monthly | Amy Beaudoin | May 15, 2012 

    Studio Ghibli, the award-winning production team that brought us The Secret World of Arrietty, is being awarded an honorary degree during this year’s commencement.

  • At Kennedy Plaza, Plans for Rebirth

    At Kennedy Plaza, Plans for Rebirth

     The Providence Phoenix | David Scharfenberg | April 4, 2012

    As part of a National Endowment for the Arts grant, students are using art and design to transform Kennedy Plaza.

  • RISD Students Clean Up Abandoned Synagogue

    RISD Students Clean Up Abandoned Synagogue

     Associated Press | March 28, 2012

    A group of students spent spring break working together to clean an abandoned Providence synagogue with the hopes it can be utilized by the public again.

  • Shopping With Rich Brilliant Willing

    Shopping With Rich Brilliant Willing

    The New York Times | Tim McKeogh | March 21, 2012  

    Theo Richardson ’06 FD, Charles Brill ’06 FD and Alex Williams ’06 FD of Rich Brilliant and Willing take writer Tim McKeogh on a shopping trip through SoHo.

  • Watch Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky Salute RISD

    Watch Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky Salute RISD

    Fast Company | Austin Carr | February 17, 2012

    A look back at the commencement speech delivered by Brian Chesky [04 ID], CEO of Airbnb. The video, dug up from RISD archives, shows Brian dancing to Michael Jackson but also gives insight into how RISD students can make great entrepreneurs. 

  • Rhode Island School of Design Creates US Morocco Embassy Art

    Rhode Island School of Design Creates US Morocco Embassy Art

    Associated Press | David Klepper | February 10, 2012

    Through a collaboration with the U.S. Department of State's ART in Embassies office, Jim Drain [98 SC] led a studio to create a site-specific work for a new US embassy compound being built in Rabat, Morocco.

  • Making it Understandable

    Making it Understandable

    WRNI | Megan Hall | February 9, 2012

    Lindsay Kinkade [MFA 10 GD] led a studio on how to make health care reform understandable.

  • RISD Students Help Design Embassy Sculpture

    RISD Students Help Design Embassy Sculpture

    Rhode Island Monthly | Jen McCaffery | February 1, 2012

    An ART in Embassies Wintersession course with Jim Drain [SC 98] is working with the US State Department to design a sculpture for a new Embassy in Rabat, Morocco. 

  • What Physics Can Teach Us About Wall Street

    What Physics Can Teach Us About Wall Street

     The Providence Phoenix | David Scharfenberg | January 25, 2012

    Q&A with theoretical physicist Lisa Randall, recent speaker as part of Shared Voices: The RISD Presidential Speaker Series.

  • Students to Watch 2012

    Students to Watch 2012

     GD USA | January 2012

    Features RISD students Dinah Fried, Andrew LeClair and Jeffrey Waldman.

  • Buckle and Flow

    Buckle and Flow

     Art in America | Faye Hirsch | January 14, 2012

    Gorgeous work and highlights of Arlene Shechet's career [CR 78] is featured in this month's cover story.  

  • Tablet for Two

    Tablet for Two

    The New York Observer | Nitasha Tiku | January 4, 2012

    The Brothers Mueller [MFA 10 DM], twin maestros of the iPad, will make you see double.

  • The Genetics of Design

    The Genetics of Design

     Core77 | Dave Seliger | December 29, 2011

    On January 5th, the Rhode Island School of Design kicked off their inaugural Presidential Speaker Series "Shared Voices" with a presentation from Juan Enriquez, who researches the impact of genomics on society.

  • RISD'S Project Open Door

    RISD'S Project Open Door

    American Craft | Monica Moses | November 20, 2011 

    Q&A with Paul Sproll, RISD's head of Teaching + Learning in Art + Design and founder of Project Open Door.

  • Top Producers of U.S. Fulbright Students

    Top Producers of U.S. Fulbright Students

    The Chronicle of Higher Education | October 23, 2011

    For the second year in a row, RISD has been named a top performer by the US State Department's Fulbright Program.

  • Art Schools Build New 'Foundation' Across Disciplines

    Art Schools Build New 'Foundation' Across Disciplines

    The Chronicle of Higher Education | Dan Berrett | October 16, 2011

    Rosanne Somerson, interim provost, discusses the importance of foundation studies and what students experience in their first year at Rhode Island School of Design. 

  • A Witness Reborn

    A Witness Reborn

    The Boston Globe | Karen Campbell | October 9, 2011

    Students participating in the Witness Tree Project are creating objects from an elm that once stood at the Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site. 

  • Americans Recall Personal Impact of Jobs' Vision

    Americans Recall Personal Impact of Jobs' Vision

     Associated Press | Brooke Donald | October 7, 20ll

    Industrial Design student, Rene Lee, credits Steve Jobs for inspiring him to pursue a career in design. Lee was fortunate to work for Jobs during an Apple internship last summer.

  • RISD Freshman Getting Introduced to Lovecraft

    RISD Freshman Getting Introduced to Lovecraft

     The Providence Journal | Doug Riggs | August 21, 2011

    Incoming freshmen spent the summer reading the "The Case of Charles Dexter Ward," by H.P. Lovecraft. The pulp fiction novel is the inaugural selection for the new common reading program.

  • Plugged In To New Ideas

    Plugged In To New Ideas

    The Boston Globe | Anthony Savvides | August 18, 2011 

    Jake Zien ['11 GD] came up with the idea of a flexible power strip as part of a class project. Zien brought his idea to Quirky and PivotPower quickly became a success.

  • The 25 Best Film Schools

    The 25 Best Film Schools

    The Hollywood Reporter | Tim Appelo | July 27, 2011   

    Rhode Island School of Design ranked a top 25 film school in The Hollywood Reporter's inaugural list. 

  • Vac Hack Lets Roomba Test Air Quality Too

    Vac Hack Lets Roomba Test Air Quality Too

    CNet | Eric Smalley | July 20, 2011  

    Digital + Media and Graphic Design students have come up with a vac hack that enables the Roomba to track indoor air quality.  

  • RISD's Artrepreneur Starter Kit

    RISD's Artrepreneur Starter Kit

    Unbeige | Stephanie Murg | June 3, 2011

    RISD graduates received an “artrepreneur kit.” Stocked with tools to help artists and designers present their portfolios, take credit card payments, and market their work online, the practical parting gifts include goodies from companies such as Square, Behance, YouSendIt, and Etsy.

  • RISD 'Collection 2011' Student Fashion Show

    RISD 'Collection 2011' Student Fashion Show

     The Providence Journal | Jenna Pelletier | May 19, 2011

     The annual event offers an exciting opportunity for Apparel students to showcase their one-of-a-kind creations after months of conceptual development, experimentation and meticulous construction.

  • 'IDEAS Salon' is a Brainstorming Session for Movers and Shakers

    'IDEAS Salon' is a Brainstorming Session for Movers and Shakers

    Providence Journal | Bill Van Siclen | April 24, 2011

     A three-day brainstorming session attracted movers and shakers from the fields of art, science, business and technology. The event, dubbed the “IDEAS Salon,” is the brainchild of Seth Goldenberg, a former RISD administrator.

  • Turning Ocean Trash Into 'Sustainable' Surfboards

    Turning Ocean Trash Into 'Sustainable' Surfboards

    Wired.com | Erik Malinowski | April 21, 2011

    Sustainable surfboards - the solution that Designer Kevin Cunningham, an avid surfer, came up with during his many walks on the beach with his dog. Over time, it dawned on him with all the trash floating around in the water- there must be a better way to address that problem and at least get some practical fun out of it. The RISD grad set up a Kickstarter project earlier this year for his company, Spirare Surfboards.

  • The Sharing Economy

    The Sharing Economy

    Fast Company | Danielle Sacks | April 18, 2011

    Now that the sharing economy is gaining the backing of the financial community, corporations better start paying attention. Joe Gebbia and Brian Chesky are founders of Airbnb - one of the hottest startups in the sharing scene. Gebbia and Chesky were recent RISD graduates in need of extra cash to pay their rent and on a whim built a website offering attendees of a design conference a unique place to stay. The concept lead to their web platform where booking a room in a person's home anywhere in the world was as easy as booking a hotel room.

  • Seeing Things - Adam Silverman's Reverse Archaeology

    Seeing Things - Adam Silverman's Reverse Archaeology

    New York Times Style Magazine | Brooke Hodge | April 14, 2011

    The Los Angeles potter Adam Silverman,who studied architecture at RISD, spent most of the last year in Fort Worth, where construction is underway on Renzo Piano’s addition to Louis Kahn’s iconic Kimbell Art Museum. Silverman was intrigued by the convergence of Piano and Kahn, two of his favorite architects. Add to the mix Tadao Ando’s new Fort Worth Modern museum next door to the Kimbell, and you have a triumvirate of design giants.

  • Student Scholarship

    Student Scholarship

    Society of Illustrators | April 2011

    2011 Student Scholarship Animation Winners.

  • Jill Biden Among R.I. Commencement Speakers

    Jill Biden Among R.I. Commencement Speakers

    Providence Journal | Gina Macris | April 24, 2011

    Prominent figures in politics, business, education, and the arts will take the podium at college and university commencements in Rhode Island in the coming weeks.  RISD's speaker Bill Moggridge is an industrial designer who's influenced the design of today’s laptop computer, the computer mouse, and other high-tech items. RISD will hold commencement June 4 in the Rhode Island Convention Center.

  • Military Camo: Collaboration of Art and Science

    Military Camo: Collaboration of Art and Science

    Military Times | Chris Lawson | April 5, 2011

    When warriors consider the art of war, it’s usually Sun Tzu — not Picasso — whose work comes to mind. But we have the cubist colossus and other like-minded artists, naturalists and scientists to thank when it comes to the art of military camouflage. The artists developing camouflage applied the work of artist and naturalist Abbott Thayer. “Thayer is considered the father of modern camouflage."

  • Tree Hugging is Back in Style

    Tree Hugging is Back in Style

    Huffington Post | Charles A. Birnbaum | April 1, 2011

    The Olmsted Elm, as it was known, has served as one of the most symbolic living witnesses to the birth of landscape architecture and city shaping in America. The National Park Service is developing plans to commemorate the passing of the Olmsted Elm, including a collaborative venture with RISD to recycle the wood for educational purposes. There, RISD students will study Olmsted, his design philosophy and the site's history.

  • New iPad App Makes Mixing Music Intuitive & Fun

    New iPad App Makes Mixing Music Intuitive & Fun

    Mashable | Brenna Ehrlich | March 29, 2011

    ShapeMix, a music mixing App, was developed by Colin Owens, a musician and graphic design professor at RISD. Owens thought of the idea after exploring audio mixing interfaces on the computer in the pre-tablet days; “As a musician and engineer, I thought we could do this in a more interesting and intuitive way," Owens said.

  • Saying Goodbye to the Historic Olmsted Elm

    Saying Goodbye to the Historic Olmsted Elm

    WBUR | Bob Oakes and Lisa Tobin | March 29, 2011

    The Historic 200 year-old Olmsted Elm, that once stood beside the office of Frederick Law Olmsted, the father of American landscape architecture, was cut down. Trees of that significance are often called “witness trees” because of the history they’ve observed. Olmsted was “a great lover of elms,” and often used them in his designs.

  • RISD, Brown to Share SBA Grant to Create Modular Housing from Shipping Containers

    RISD, Brown to Share SBA Grant to Create Modular Housing from Shipping Containers

    Providence Journal | Gina Macris | March 26, 2011

    U.S. Senator Jack Reed announced a $150,000 grant from the federal Small Business Administration to RISD and Brown University. The award, called the Partnership for Sustainable Development, aims to create connections between academia, business and government. The business partner in the Brown-RISD collaboration is a start-up company planned by the two RISD-trained architects who created the innovative Box Office complex from recycled shipping containers. 

  • Best Fine Arts Schools

    Best Fine Arts Schools

    U.S. News & World Report | March 15, 2011

    Rhode Island School of Design ranks #1 for best graduate school of the Fine Arts.

  • RISD's Make it Better Symposium Brings Art & Design to Healthcare

    RISD's Make it Better Symposium Brings Art & Design to Healthcare

    Go Local Prov | Features Team | March 9, 2011

    Make It Better, a two-day symposium held at RISD with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, brought leading artists, designers, and activists together with health professionals, policy-makers, entrepreneurs and members of the RISD community.

  • Women at the Drawing Board

    Women at the Drawing Board

    The New York Times | Alice Rawsthorn | March 6, 2011

    Design has been a man’s world since the Industrial Revolution. Have things changed? Yes and no. One significant shift is in numbers. Most top design schools now have a majority of female students, as demonstrated with the 68 percent at the Rhode Island School of Design.

  • Seeking the Best and the Brightest

    Seeking the Best and the Brightest

    The Providence Journal | Kate Bramson | March 2, 2011

    RISD grad Seth Goldenberg believes an entirely new way of thinking is needed to move the economy in a new direction, and he wants the most creative people to help. Goldenberg has invited 100 people who he and colleagues believe are today’s top innovators to attend an IDEAS salon. 

  • Dual Degree Show Embraces Dichotomies

    Dual Degree Show Embraces Dichotomies

    The Brown Daily Herald | Katrina Phillips | February 28, 2011

    "Anisotropy: The Third Annual Brown/RISD Dual Degree Show" guides visitors through a world of harmonious opposites- the modern and the antique, the cheery and the gloomy, the flat and the textured. A walk through the gallery  offers a rare glimpse into the work and lives of the students who straddle the boundary between both schools.

  • A Director's Own Private Watercolors

    A Director's Own Private Watercolors

    The Wall Street Journal | Kelly Crow | February 26, 2011

    Director Gus Van Sant, RISD Alum, showed for the first time a series of his own watercolors at the Gagosian Gallery in Los Angeles. Mr. Van Sant's portraits resemble the hard-knocks heroes from some of his best-known films, such as "My Own Private Idaho" and "Good Will Hunting." 

  • NEA Head Gives Pep Talk to Local Artists in Rhode Island

    NEA Head Gives Pep Talk to Local Artists in Rhode Island

    Providence Journal | Bruce Landis | February 15, 2011

    Senator Sheldon Whitehouse hosted a visit for Rocco Landesman, chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. Landesman and other speakers presented the arts as an active part of the economy, not a thing apart, and as a source of economic stimulus. President Maeda spoke at the event and alum Hoon Kim unveiled the new logo he recently designed for the NEA.

  • Funding Site Lets Organizations 'Curate'

    Funding Site Lets Organizations 'Curate'

    New York Times | Kate Taylor | February 4, 2011

    Kickstarter has introduced a new feature: pages that have been “curated” by arts organizations, schools, media companies, and, in one case, a city. The new RISD page features students' and other alumni and faculty projects.

  • NFS Funds RISD Workshop on Science

    NFS Funds RISD Workshop on Science

    Brown Daily Herald | Hannah Abelow | January 27, 2011

    RISD hosted a collaborative workshop funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation. Participants discussed the concept of STEAM, an idea that has been gaining popularity on campus and in many other institutions in recent years.

  • At RISD: Art, Science, and What's Wrong with ATMs

    At RISD: Art, Science, and What's Wrong with ATMs

    Providence Phoenix | David Scharfenberg | January 19, 2011

    Among the most prominent solutions offered up for our present economic malaise: a robust investment in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education. But RISD president John Maeda suggests there is a missing piece: art.  RISD held conference titled, "Bridging STEM to STEAM: Developing New Frameworks for Art-Science-Design Pedagogy."

  • Snap it Up! Lady Gaga Debuts a Line for Polaroid

    Snap it Up! Lady Gaga Debuts a Line for Polaroid

    Interview Magazine | Alexandria Symonds | January 7, 2011 

    Lady Gaga looked fabulous in a dress by Sally LaPointe ['06 AP] as she debuted a new line for Polaroid at the Consumer Electronics Show. Follow the title link for a video!

  • RISD Architecture Students Take On Tanzania

    RISD Architecture Students Take On Tanzania

    GOOD | Ann Marie Gardner | January 3, 2011

    Students at RISD designed a dining hall for a village school in Pommerin, Tanzania. The resulting facility is being overseen by professor Liliane Wong who focuses on areas of design for homeless and low income modulars.

  • Students Design a Better World

    Students Design a Better World

    ABC News | Carrie Halperin and Anna Maria Barry-Jester | December 17, 2010 

     Students around the world are designing and distributing products for developing countries. Tom Weis MID ’08, Mike Hahn ’08 ID and Adam Geremia MID ’07 teamed up to build the alpha prototype for an incubator built from used car parts. Tom then worked with Emily Rothschild MID ’08, Huy Vu MFA ’09 GD, Paul Sherwood-Berndt and Mike Donelly to complete the beta prototype of NeoNurture, the Car-Parts Incubator.

  • RISD is Rhode Island with Google’s Autocomplete

    RISD is Rhode Island with Google’s Autocomplete

    WPRI.com reviews a map of the United States put together by the blog Very Small Array. By replacing the states’ names with the top suggestion offered by Google’s Autocomplete it shows Rhode Island is Rhode Island School of Design.

  • Time 50 Best Inventions: NeoNurture Incubator

    Time 50 Best Inventions: NeoNurture Incubator

    Time Magazine | Alice Park | November 11, 2010

    Last week TIME magazine zeroed in on  NeoNurture, an incubator designed for use in the developing world, as among The 50 Best Inventions of 2010. Tom Weis MID ’08, Mike Hahn ’08 ID and Adam Geremia MID ’07 teamed up to build the alpha prototype for a unit built from used car parts. Tom then worked with Emily Rothschild MID ’08, Huy Vu MFA ’09 GD, Paul Sherwood-Berndt and Mike Donelly to complete the beta prototype of NeoNurture, the Car-Parts Incubator.

  • Martha Stewart Living for the iPad

    Martha Stewart Living for the iPad

    The Martha Stewart Show | November 11, 2010

    Martha Stewart reveals premier digital issue of Martha Stewart Living for the iPad. Gael Towey, Chief Creative Officers for MSLO, led a team of four RISD alums to create the new digital issue: Eric Pike '83 GD, Michele Outland '94 GD, Kirk Mueller MFA '10 DM and Nate Mueller MFA '10 DM.

  • If They Can Make It Here

    If They Can Make It Here

    New York Times Magazine | Monica Khemsurov | November 3, 2010

    Five alumni were referenced in New York Times Magazine Design & Living issue. Learn about the work of Yvonne Force Villareal ’88 PT, Paul Loebach ’02 ID, Theo Richardson ’06 FD, Charles Brill ’06 FD and Alex Williams ’06 FD.

  • Kati London: Creating Online Games That Educate and Instruct

    Kati London: Creating Online Games That Educate and Instruct

    Bloomberg BusinessWeek | Barrett Sheriden | October 28, 2010

    Kati London ’98 PT is working to promote the use of online gaming as a means of “engagement rather than escape.” As the vice president and senior producer for Area/Code, a NYC-based game design studio, she uses real-world data in online games that are meant to educate or change off-line behavior.

  • 11 Big Ideas for Rhode Island: Internpreneurship

    11 Big Ideas for Rhode Island: Internpreneurship

    Providence Phoenix | David Sharfenberg | October 5, 2010

    Student interns should be valued for their unique perspective and skills. At an economic summit put together by Congressman James Langevin in April, President John Maeda hosted a breakout session focused on the internpreneurship model.

  • 11 Big Ideas for Rhode Island: STEM - STEAM

    11 Big Ideas for Rhode Island: STEM - STEAM

    Providence Phoenix | David Sharfenberg | October 5, 2010

    “STEM” – Science, Engineering, Technology and Math – is seen as the key to innovation. When art + science are integrated, when “STEM” becomes “STEAM” innovation is born. It’s an idea that President John Maeda has developed and is working to spread here in RI, and on a national and international level.

  • School Days

    School Days

    Elle Magazine | Whitney Vargas | October 2010

    ELLE invited RISD help celebrate its 25th anniversary via the Fashion Next runway show and competition, along with coverage on its website and in the October issue of the magazine. The 22 students who took part in the adventure (and are profiled on the Elle.com website) were chosen by ELLE editors and a panel of judges that included Tommy Hilfiger, Derek Lam, Nicole Miller ’73 AP, Marcia Patmos and a number of other professionals in the field.

  • Crowd-Sourced Product Design

    Crowd-Sourced Product Design

    Dwell Magazine | Jaime Gross | September 28, 2010

    Pivot Power “creative outlet” designed by Jake Zien ’11 GD may be the “first mass-market hit” for Quirky, the online product development company that relies on crowd-sourcing as a means of testing and moving fledgling products forward. 

  • Brown and RISD’s a Better World by Design

    Brown and RISD’s a Better World by Design

    Core 77 | Willem van Lancker | September 17, 2010 

    For the third year running, RISD and Brown students have thrown themselves into organizing the three-day Better World by Design (October 1–3) conference in Providence, which continues to grow in scope and influence. Organized and run by the student group Better x Design and Brown Engineers Without Borders, ABWxD brings together designers, engineers, entrepreneurs, policy makers, professors and students to share ideas about how to create and promote positive change, both locally and globally.

  • Learning by Playing: video Games in the Classroom

    Learning by Playing: video Games in the Classroom

    The New York Times | Sara Corbett |  September 15, 2010

    Quest to Learn is an experimental new public school and concept for educational reform spearheaded by Parsons professor and avid gamer Katie Salen MFA ’92 GD. The idea is to use games and game design as a means of giving kids the same urgent “need to know” and license to fail that they have when playing video games.

  • URI wins $20-million Grant for Study of Marine Life

    URI wins $20-million Grant for Study of Marine Life

    The Providence Journal | Gina Macris | September 8, 2010

    RISD, Brown and the University of Rhode Island are among nine in-state colleges and universities to benefit from a new $20-million National Science Foundation grant. RISD’s role is to research innovative approaches to visualizing data and communicating scientific findings through a new initiative called Making Science Visible. The goal of these new approaches is to help make science more accessible and understandable to the broader public. 

  • Shoot for the Moon

    Shoot for the Moon

    Rhode Island Monthly | John Larrabee | September 2010

    RISD’s student designers/racers drew plenty of comments from the crowd when they competed in NASA’s 17th annual Great Moonbuggy Race as the first team from an art and design school ever to enter. The team took third place and won the Rookie Award in the college division of the competition.  

  • RISD XYZ Magazine

    RISD XYZ Magazine

    Cool Hunting | Josh Rubin | August 13, 2010 

    Metropolis Creative Director and RISD alum Criswell Lappin on redesigning his alma mater’s new magazine. 

  • 30 Under 30 America’s Coolest Young Entrepreneurs

    30 Under 30 America’s Coolest Young Entrepreneurs

    Inc. Magazine | Christine Lagorio | July 19, 2010 

    Summary:Inc.com cited AirBnB and its founders Nathan Blecharczyk, Joe Gebbia ’05 IDand Brian Chesky ’04 ID in its 2010 30 Under 30 list of “America’s coolest entrepreneurs.” As the Inc. piece points out, the entrepreneurship idea started at RISD – even though Joe and Brian hadn’t quite yet figured out their own business plans or recruited Nathan, their Harvard/ex-Microsoft partner, to help. 

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The men in this 1903 portrait class were serious about the business at hand.