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With a thematic focus in each issue, RISD’s art and design magazine is designed to keep readers inspired and informed about the people, projects and passions that make our creative community so extraordinary. RISD XYZ covers a range of issues of interest to creatively engaged readers and encourages alumni to contribute to making each issue visually rich and engaging.

fall/winter 2019–20 // navigating the unknown

Building on RISD’s mission and strong roots, President Somerson and the campus community are fine-tuning all aspects of a RISD education to better prepare students for a world of uncertainty.

This issue looks at the vision articulated in RISD’s new strategic plan, which calls for reassessing the curriculum and approach to education in light of issues such as equity, inclusion, climate change and the need for brilliant breakthroughs in thinking and making.

See previous issues of the magazine

RISD XYZ first surfaced in spring 2010 and is published twice a year. You can find previous issues online or request a copy of a specific printed edition by emailing

Keep informed through XYZmail, our monthly newsletter

RISD also sends alumni and the campus community monthly issues of a digital newsletter between each print edition of the magazine, which comes out twice a year (in December and June).