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Telli Quinn ended her nine-month IYRS computer design program by interning at prototype design firm Empire Group in Attleboro, which just offered her an assistant designer position. IYRS uses hands-on projects to understand the connection between design and fabrication. / Courtesy IYRS School of Technology and Trade

Quality jobs can be landed in design across many industries

There is a big demand for young people in the manufacturing sector for sure. But some of those jobs are not about making products,...
Lisa Carnevale has been an integral part of the Providence art scene for years. Her latest project, DesignxRI, was built to support and connect designers to each other and to work. And with its yearly Design Week RI, the group accomplishes just that. / PBN PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN

Listening helps to translate ideas into actions

Lisa Carnevale | DesignxRI co-founder, executive director A friend recently reminded me about the difference between “hearing” and “listening.” It’s an important distinction and something...
DESIGNXRI will host a new half-day summit in May called Spark Design, which it says is designed to be highly interactive with the audience with talks and groups focusing on design-industry trends, the shifting workforce and skill gaps between design students and design professionals. / COURTESY DESIGNXRI

DesignxRI to host Spark Design, a new collaborative half-day summit in...

PROVIDENCE – DesignxRI will be hosting a new, interactive half-day summit intended to bring together the design field, including industry upstarts, veterans, teachers and...

Native assets can lead to stronger R.I.

For proof of how Rhode Island is building a stronger and more resilient economy, think about these two recent bits of news. The one with...
Nine companies will receive grants ranging in size from $10,000 to $20,000 in the latest iteration of DESIGNxRI’s Providence Design Catalyst program. Pictured are the recipients of 2019 grants. BACK ROW, L to R: Justin Kerr of Justin Kerr Design, Michael Savoia of Villa Savoia, Willa Van Nostrand of Bitte Artisanal Catering, Benjamin Laudicano of Chasing Brunch, Matthew Larkin of Nine and Two Thirds. FRONT ROW, L to R: Urvi Sharma and Manan Narang of INDO LLC, Erin Kayvedo of Chasing Brunch, Maria Prus of M Designs Studio, Phoebe Neel of Ephemera. Not pictured: Rebecca Atwood and Gabriel Long of Atomic Clock. / COURTESY DESIGNXRI

DESIGNxRI announces 2019 Providence Design Catalyst cohort

PROVIDENCE – Everything from furniture and glass design to photography, craft cocktails and branding were represented among the nine winners of the 2019 Providence...
PROVIDENCE MAYOR Jorge O. Elorza, left, announced the launch of another round of the Providence Design Catalyst program. This year, the program will provide $150,000 to the program's cohort. Applications opened Nov. 1. On the right, R.I. Department of Labor and Training Director Scott Jensen. / COURTESY DESIGNXRI

Applications open for next round of Design Catalyst program

PROVIDENCE – Applications for the next round of the Providence Design Catalyst program are now open, Mayor Jorge O. Elorza and DESIGNxRI announced Thursday. The...
SUCCESS STORY: Lisa J. Raiola is the founder of Hope & Main, a Warren-based food-startup incubator that has worked with more than 350 businesses. Three of the 51 initial PBN Something New small businesses are either graduates or current members of Hope & Main.
 / PBN FILE PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

From ‘Something New,’ the strong survive

“To some people, small sounds like a limitation,” said Travis Webster-Booth, owner of TWB Creative, a copywriting and business-services firm launched in October 2014...
MAYOR JORGE O. ELORZA speaks at the DESIGNxRI Providence Design Catalyst. / COURTESY DESIGNXRI

DESIGNxRI graduates Providence Design Catalyst cohort

PROVIDENCE – DESIGNxRI celebrated the culmination of the Providence Design Catalyst program Thursday evening, graduating 13 Providence-based design business owners. The 2018 program brought $120,000...
SEEKING WORK PRODUCT RESPECT: Jennifer Space, an associate at n|e|m|d architects inc., and president of the Rhode Island branch of the ­American Institute of Architects, looks over some plans with n|e|m|d architects President Mehdi Khosrovani. Space believes local firms are bypassed too often for high-profile work. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

R.I. architects feel high-profile work too often goes to out-of-state firms

In a state that prides itself on world-class creative talent, it strikes some on the local scene as odd when high-profile design work goes...
DESIGNXRI HAS announced the recipients of the Providence Design Catalyst grant program. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ MICHAEL SALERNO

Providence Design Catalyst grant program recipients unveiled

PROVIDENCE – DESIGNxRI has unveiled recipients of the Providence Design Catalyst grant program, in which 17 city businesses will receive up to $35,000 each. The...
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