Experimental and Foundation Studies


Bill Newkirk

Bill Newkirk teaches Design in Foundation Studies. He studied Architecture and Graphic Design at RISD, receiving a BFA in Graphic Design in 1968. He has taught at RISD since 1975 – 3-D Design and 2-D Design in Foundation Studies and Typography, Color and Package Design in the Graphic Design Department. He served as Dean of the Foundation Studies Division from 1989 to 1996, Department Head of Graphic Design from 2007 to 2011 and Interim Dean of the Architecture and Design Division 2011-12.

From 1968 to 1988 Bill was a senior designer with Malcolm Grear Designers in Providence, Rhode Island. Projects included book design, corporate image, architectural signage and exhibit design. Since 1988 Bill has worked independently on selected projects including logo design and architectural signs, with a focus on catalogs for individual artists.

Academic research/ areas of interest

Design and image making, including cultural, historical and medium variations.