Stories about studios + projects

Luxurious Leather Making

In April Diana Wagner MID 14 took a hiatus from studio to explore the rolling hills of San Miniato, a small village nestled in the Tuscan countryside, and learn about a new material that could be integral to her work.

Smooth Sailing in Southern China

Given that his family has been building boats since his great-grandfather started Cheoy Lee Shipyards in 1870, Hong Kong-based alumnus Martin Lo BID 84 knew he wouldn’t be looking for a job after graduation.

The Art of Play

Growing up without a TV, Assistant Professor of Industrial Design Cas Holman started inventing her own toys and gizmos as a child and she has been making things ever since.

RISD Races

At a time when most of us are still pulling bedcovers over our heads, the athletes who ride for RISD Cycling – the school’s first and only varsity sports team – are greeting the morning sun from the road.

Natural Fiber Chairs

Professor of Industrial Design Seth Stem stands beside a custom-made mold in the machine shop of Goodwin-Bradley Pattern Co.

Exploring Entrepreneurs

In a course that explores the business of art as a design problem, Illustration faculty memberOren Sherman 78 IL helps students to bridge the gap between what goes on in the studio and the practical concerns of marketing, employment and business savvy.

Designing for Deep Space

RISD's artists and designers are attempting to answer a question that's had NASA engineers scratching their heads for decades: how do you make a glove tough enough to withstand the moon's harsh atmosphere while allowing the hand to move freely? In the Wintersession course Designing Space Gloves for NASA – a studio offered by RISD's Apparel and Industrial Design departments – students are pairing up to create functional prototypes that can weather the unearthly elements of deep space.

Students Build a Simpler, Greener Car

RISD design students and engineering majors from Brown University have used their combined problem-solving skills to tackle a growing global concern: the need for affordable, flexible transportation powered by renewable fuel sources.

Designing a Sustainable Campus in Costa Rica

With a working farm, grazing cattle and groves of mango and citrus trees, the new satellite campus being developed by Costa Rica’s Earth University offers abundant opportunities to explore design for sustainability – and for RISD students to think about eco-progressive solutions in a new cultural context.


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