2019 Holiday Party

It’s that time of year again. Grab your sweaters and stripes and come celebrate the beginning of the holiday season with us.

feeeels magazine launch

The D.O. is hosting the launch of Feeeels Magazine. The inaugural issue presents 25 emerging and established artists, designers, and writers, many of whom are based in Providence. The launch event will celebrate the work of issue one’s diverse contributors, the support of our advisory board members and sponsors, and the arrival of our print publication! Come meet the team, see the issue (buy one!) and celebrate the launch.

Holiday Party 2018

10-year Anniversary Party

Join us to celebrate ten years as a “thing”. Holiday-esque snacks and adult beverages. Kids welcome provided they place nice with books and phone booths. Open to all.

Project 258 Book Launch

Join the authors, restaurant owners and book designer to celebrate and discuss their newly released book, Project 258: Making Dinner at Fish & Game. Part cookbook and part guidebook, the book is soulful, useful, funny, and utterly unique — a visually rich document of the ingredients, techniques, and collaborators at the heart of a well-respected Hudson Valley restaurant.

5:30–6:30pm Taste wine from Zev Rovine Selections with appetizers from Fish & Game and oysters from Matunuck
6:30–7pm Conversation about the book with the authors and book designer
7–7:30pm Signing and mingling with authors and guests

Holiday Party 2016

We at the D.O. are more grateful than ever for the local design community. It’s been a vocal and principled group in these last few weeks and there’s more work to be done together in the coming year. We’ll supply drinks, appetizers, some recent work to peruse (or take), and the opportunity to connect with new friends and old. Bring some guests, invite others. 


“Uncommissioned” is the Design Office’s first-ever one-night exhibition of our behind-the-scenes passion projects, side pursuits, and collaborations. Please join us downstairs on the second floor at RISD Exposé!


See all the pix from the event

Microsite at uncommissioned.thedesignoffice.org

Pop-Up Market

Small-batch goods fill a unique space in an age of simultaneous physical overabundance and mass digitization. The Design Office is hosting a pop-up Market, where members and friends can sell directly to the public, celebrating local distribution of well-made goods. Come talk with our Providence-based designers and bring cash!

Holiday Party

Please join us in celebrating diversity, togetherness, and all the work that’s happened here in 2015.


ffabschrift, verb; from the Swedish [fab]rikat, to make; and the German [schrift], to write.

The students and teachers in the RISD course “Shaping Language” have spent the semester exploring aspects of ffabschrifting, a dialogic and simultaneous making and writing activity. We invite the public to engage with us in a reading, a presentation, an exhibit, and a conversation about the writer/designer’s relationship to writing and shaping language. Come and share in an evening of wine, treats, words, forms, and ffabschrifting.

Holiday Party

Food, friends, families, fun, lights, music, drinks, snacks, booze, pink zebras, holiday cheer and an assortment of D.O. members will all be on hand. And you. We’re appreciative to our collaborators, clients, guests and the greater community for being a part of the D.O. in 2014. As a thank you, we’ve designed some holiday cards for you to take. No need to RSVP. Invite by Lucinda Hitchcock and Sarah Rainwater.

Phone Booth Launch

The Design Office is a constantly evolving entity — the space stays vibrant and vital by responding deftly to the needs of its members. The Phone Booth is a response to the need for a individual compartment housing phone calls, skype meetings, and quiet respite. Join us as we discuss the intention, design, and construction of the Booth, and then give it its proper welcome to the space.

Open House

Take a look at what’s happening in the space and take house-made Risograph prints with you. Part of DesignWeekRI.


Clambake is a monthly gathering with inspirational talks by and for those interested in design. This month it’s being held at the D.O. with talks by Erik Carlson and Joe Haskett.

Paper Bowl II

This year, the workshop and tournament will be combined into one event: Paper Bowl II. We’ll detach from the demands of the workweek and break in our new laser printer with wild and fanciful formmaking based on the themes of “paper football” (which also relates to 1970s/80s football). Then, we play.

Download the official game ball template and practice

Holiday Party

Digital City

Join “Digital City” founders Gary Glassman (Providence Pictures) and Renee Hobbs (Harrington School of Communication at URI) for a brainstorming and launch event to help envision a digital media design and production hub. There will be local craft beer from Revival Brewing and delicious tapas from Flan y Ajo.

This launch event and celebration is being held at The Design Office.

Providence Paper Football Tournament

Paper Football brings back memories of pre-digital lunchroom rivalries. Two kids, on opposite sides of a laminate table, pushing a small folded paper triangle back and forth — each hoping to situate the triangle over the edge for six points. To honor this analog communal event, The Design Office will hold a Paper Football tournament this January. We have a 16′ wide table, waxed and ready for kickoff. So put down your smart phone, design a football using the template above, and come down to the Design Office at 5pm, Sunday January 27th.

Book Signing for Nancy Skolos, Tom Wedell and Cyrus Highsmith



Nancy Skolos

Nancy Skolos and Tom Wedell


Cyrus Highsmith signing books and posters

Cyrus Highsmith, John Caserta, Nancy Skolos and Tom Wedell during the Q&A Talk






Tom Wedell with three posters that were on view for the event

Event posters were trimmed down to bookmarks for visitors to keep

John Caserta and Tom Wedell

Design Office Members Renee Walker, Benjamin Shaykin and Micah Barrett with RISD 2nd Life co-head Joseph Escobar

Event poster by John Caserta, printed by DWRI Letterpress


Dan Wood of DWRI Letterpess printing the poster and bookmarks

Open House – The new Design Office and 204 Westminster

Please come to celebrate our new move, nine new members and the completion of two projects: the 204 Westminster sign, and our custom office furniture.


First floor of the building houses RISD Expose and 2nd Life
First floor of the building houses RISD Expose and 2nd Life