The people make the place
Members work out of the Office, contribute to the culture, organize events, and create uncommissioned works – while also running their own independent professional practice. Membership is required to have regular access to the space.
John is Founder/Director of The Design Office and an Assoc. Professor in the Graphic Design Dept. at RISD
Greg specializes in user interface/user experience design in the realms of architecture, installations, furniture, physical computing, and web design. Co-Founder of Work-Shop
Nic is a systems designer and computer scientist who uses language to build meaningful structures from an undifferentiated context. Co-Founder of Work-Shop
Kristin is a brand designer whose work orbits the art of conversation. She previously worked as a graphic designer full time in Boston. Now she is running her own studio in Rhode Island.
Cem (“Jem/Gem”) is a type/graphic designer. He is currently working with June and Cyrus at the Providence Drawing Office. His favorite color is yellow.
June Shin is a type/graphic designer and a RISD MFA Graphic Design alum. She works with Cyrus and Cem. She was not born in June.
Emanuel is a Founding Partner of an architecture practice called AD-WO and an Assistant Professor at the Rhode Island School of Design.
Jen is a Founding Partner of an architecture practice called AD-WO. Jen works with Emanuel, and together they explore the discipline’s content and container.
Elizabeth is a graphic designer who works with language and space. She likes writing & research, associative logic, inventive questions and actually funny jokes. Gets up early.
Marie Otsuka is a designer, web developer, and educator. At the DO, she works with Cyrus, June, and Cem. She likes languages, triads, and the Oxford comma.
Lucy is a graphic design professor at RISD, designs books for museums, and investigates the interaction of type, narrative, and urban space.
Derek is the Senior Graphic Designer at the RISD Museum, an instructor in the Graphic Design program at RISD CE, and a board member of New Urban Arts.
Ruben is a developer who collaborates with designers on network software, from inception to completion.
Cyrus is a graphic artist, type designer, and teacher. He works with Cem and June.
Anther Kiley is a designer and educator who is developing a line of paper children’s toys
Alex works with Caleb at Motel coding with every framework you could think of: Angular, Elixir, React, Vue
Ian Alden Russell
Ian is a curator, strategist and thought leader working with artists, businesses and organizations that make things happen. Curator at Brown University and Lecturer in RISD's Glass Dept.
How to join
- Review membership types
- Email us a brief statement about why you want to join and how you plan to use the space.
- Include CV/Bio and a link to your work
- Current members review the info and invite potential members in for a chat
- Said chat occurs. We let you know asap.
Who makes a good member?
- Those working in design or complementary field (where tools, working style, community are similar to design)
- Those who see design as part of the arts
- Those looking for long-term community and continuous learning
- Those who thrive with others around
- Current students will not be considered for membership. Fellowships are designed for recent graduates.
|Weekly time cap||None||20 hours|
|Work space||Own desk||Shared desk|
|Cancellation notice||2 months||2 months|
|Minimum Membership||3 months||3 months|
|BW printing included||Yes||Some|
|Color printing included||Yes||No|
|Flat file storage||Yes||No|
Company memberships are an option when an individual membership is not sufficient
Rates are dependent on amenities needed.
Larger companies may also sponsor an employee’s membership instead of a home-office situation