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COLLABORATIVE EFFORT: From left, DESIGNxRI Executive Director Ellie Brown, Program and Events Manager Davin Samuels and marketing associate Rue Sakayama at the nonprofit’s Providence office. 

DESIGNxRI builds an industry by design

PBN Innovative Companies 2022 NONPROFIT: DESIGNxRI DESIGN AND INNOVATION go hand in hand at DESIGNxRI. The Providence-based nonprofit creates economic development opportunities for Rhode Island designers,...
EASY TO UNDERSTAND: Amy Qu, a recent Rhode Island School of Design graduate, presents her redesign of the fentanyl test strips as part of the Design Beyond Crisis studio course in May. The redesign is intended to make the strips easier to use for people without training. 

Designers try to devise better safe-injection sites

In Providence and Pawtucket, harm-reduction organization Project Weber/RENEW regularly hands out test strips that can detect whether a drug sample contains fentanyl, a highly...
DESIGNxRI HAS AWARDED eight Providence-based design businesses up to $17,500 in seed funding through the organization's Providence Design Catalyst program.

8 design businesses receive seed funding via DESIGNxRI’s Design Catalyst program

PROVIDENCE – Nonprofit design industry advocate DESIGNxRI awarded eight city-based design businesses up to $17,500 each Monday in becoming the latest graduates of the...
ELLIE BROWN has been named DESIGNxRI's new executive director. / COURTESY DESIGNxRI

DESIGNxRI names Brown new executive director

PROVIDENCE – A design educator, artist and nonprofit development professional with experience on both coasts will now take charge of DESIGNxRI. The nonprofit that supports...
PASSIONATE PURSUIT: Kris Bradner, principal at Traverse Landscape Architects LLC in Providence, was inspired by one of her high school teachers to pursue a career in landscape design.  / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Traverse Landscape’s Bradner established roots in architecture early

Business Women Awards 2022 Achievement Honoree Kris Bradner, Traverse Landscape Architects LLC AMONG THE TYPICAL college prep courses offered at Kris Bradner’s high school, something different...
DESIGNING WOMEN: Phyllis Cannava, right, president of Office Direct Cannava Design Ltd., a commercial furniture dealership in Warwick, looks over samples and blueprints with senior designer Meghan Robinson, left, and designer Meghan Ryan. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Office design was Cannava’s direct road toward success

Business Women Awards 2022 Achievement Honoree Phyllis Cannava, Office Direct Cannava Design Ltd. PHYLLIS CANNAVA WILL BE the first to tell you that she’s not...
BRYANT UNIVERSITY is expected to break ground on a new on-campus convocation center and arena in 2023. / COURTESY BRYANT UNIVERSITY

Bryant University to build new on-campus convocation center, arena

SMITHFIELD – Bryant University is slated to break ground next year on a new convocation center and basketball arena, as well as a new...
CREATIVE SPACE: Designer Kyleen Moraton recently opened Kyleen Designs, a storefront featuring a shop and studio at Hope Artiste Village in Pawtucket. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Freelance designer takes work to next level by opening new storefront

A career in design is nothing new for Lincoln resident Kyleen Moraton. But over the past year, Moraton has taken her work to a...

Two new faces join team at Union

The Providence-based architecture firm has welcomed two new team members to its growing team of talented Architects and Designers. Alanna Jaworski, AIA recently joined our...
JOBS COMING: Amgen Rhode Island’s new biomanufacturing plant in West Greenwich is expected to add 150 high-paying jobs there. Pictured is Rohan Persaud, Amgen’s plant manager and executive director. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

New Amgen plant shows potential of targeted tax incentives

It’s hard to find economic success stories in a pandemic that aren’t somehow a result of the crisis, but there’s one standing on Amgen...
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