The people make the place
Membership is required to have regular access to the space. Members work out of the Office, contribute to the culture, organize events, and create uncommissioned works – while also running their own independent professional practice.
John is Founder/ Co-Director of The Design Office and an Assoc. Professor in the Graphic Design Dept. at RISD
Sarah is the Founder and Creative Director of Studio Rainwater and Co-Director of The Design Office
Sarah is a product/graphic designer, semi-office-manager, accidental Providence enthusiast, and cactus collector.
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.
Danikqwa is a graphic designer who loves to play with code. Works with Sarah and Sarah. Also known as Dani.
Raghda designs and makes spaces, furniture, and objects. She spends her free time experimenting with ideas encompassed by sustainable design.
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.
Founder of Jake and Co, a web/mobile developer, problem solver, dad to four, hiker and homebrewer
Jay is a designer who currently wants to make funny, impractical websites. Lots of them.
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