Experimental and Foundation Studies


Bill Newkirk

Bill Newkirk teaches Design in Experimental and 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 Experimental and Foundation Studies and Typography, Color and Package Design in the Graphic Design department. He served as dean of the Experimental and Foundation Studies division from 1989–96, department head of Graphic Design from 2007–11 and interim dean of the Architecture and Design division from 2011–12.

From 1968–88 Newkirk was a senior designer with Malcolm Grear Designers in Providence, RI. Projects included book design, corporate image, architectural signage and exhibit design. Since 1988 he has worked independently on selected projects including logo design and architectural signs, with a focus on catalogues for individual artists.

Academic research/ areas of interest

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