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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.

Fulbright Cites RISD as a Top Producer of Scholars

RISD has emerged as a top producer of students who qualify for Fulbright grants, according to the US government’s leading sponsor of international exchanges.

RISD, Asia and Creativity

Inspired by the recent recognition ofRISD’s 2012 honorary degree recipients – Wang Shu, the Pritzker Prize-winning Chinese architect, andStudio Ghibli, the internationally acclaimed Japanese animation house – along with a visit from PresidentXu Jiang of China Academy of Art (CAA), PresidentJohn Maeda shared some thoughts about his own experiences as an artist and designer of Asian descent.

Seeing Science: NSF Backs RISD Research

For the last year, a consortium of nine Rhode Island colleges and universities—including RISD, Brown and the University of Rhode Island (URI)—has been engaged in a joint, multiyear project to investigate the impact of climate change on marine life.

Following Dreams by Following Ideas

Tino Chow 09 ID calls himself a designer, thinker, activist, storyteller and troublemaker.

Opportunities to Make It Better

Last spring RISD hosted the groundbreakingMake It Better symposium, a forum designed to spark innovations in health care by bringing artists and designers together with policymakers and leaders in the healthcare world.