Research Platforms

We are committed to sharing research in its many forms with our audiences through digital and analog publications as well as experimental platforms.  


Manual: a journal about art and its making, a twice-yearly publication, uses the collections, exhibitions, and collaborations of the RISD Museum as an impetus for essays and interviews, artist interventions, and archive highlights. A fusion of academic arts journal and design magazine, Manual is a resource for engaged conversations about art, design, and the impact of creative making by curators, artists, scholars, and educators.

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RISD Museum Collection API

The RISD Museum collection application program interface (API) lays out how our website’s search function operates, aiding discovery of the museum’s collection and allowing collection data to be used in innovative ways.

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Digital Publications

The first scholarly digital publication produced by the RISD Museum, Altered States is enhanced by a glossary that uses videos and images to tie the contemporary practice of etching to its history. This publication was first published, September 14, 2017 on

An open source publishing platform will be released by the Museum in 2019.