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In response to questions posed by Graphic Design graduate students, designers and innovators debate the past, critique the present, and imagine the future of graphic design.
By studying an abstracted female figure from 3000 BCE, what can we learn about ancient Egyptians? What can we learn about ourselves? What about abstraction provides more insight than a complete visual representation?
Over the last 2,000 years, Nesmin has been a priest, a mummy, and a museum exhibit. RISD Museum intern Jonathan Migliori discusses Nesmin’s influence in his life.
Garcia Sinclair and Nafis White (both RISD BFA 2015, Sculpture) reflect on the tortuous journey of the LGBTQ movement epitomized in their winning Sitings 2013 installation “Waiting for Godot” and on the equally tortuous process they used to create the steel sculpture.
Isabella McCormick (Brown/RISD 2015) explores the intricacies of the Gorham Narragansett Salad Set and their reflections on Rhode Island culture, insights gained from her meticulous cleaning of the utensils as part of her Mellon Summer Internship in conservation.
A glimpse into the lives of international merchants in Canton, China.
This past summer, with a focus on design thinking, the students were asked What is useful? as a starting point for their group design.
RISD Museum intern Alicia Valencia (RISD 2015, Furniture) explains how the act of looking closely formed her impressions on Samuel Gragg’s Elastic armchair.
Artist Anya Ventura explains the context behind an audio tour and printed guide that she and Anther Kiley created illustrating episodes from the lives of seven objects from the Museum’s galleries. Their 2012 work “Fragments” was one of the winning projects in the RISD Museum’s annual Sitings competition for site-specific installations by RISD degree candidates.
Inspired by Joachim Antonisz Wtewael’s “The Marriage of Peleus and Thetis,” Josephine Devanbu (RISD/Brown 2015) uses the painting’s shapes and density in her newest work.
RISD Museum summer intern Alex Goodhouse talks about Locally Made, Design the Night, anchor buttons, and confetti cannons.
In the flood of digital-ness that comprises our daily experience, it can be easy to forget that most of what all of our complex devices are doing is simply counting. It’s no coincidence that the word digital comes from digits, our fingers, that most elementary of counting machines.