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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...
LISA CARNEVALE will step aside as co-founder and executive director of DESIGNxRI. / PBN FILE PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN

DESIGNxRI’s Carnevale to step aside as executive director

PROVIDENCE – After close to a decade, DESIGNxRI’s co-founder and executive director will be stepping aside. The nonprofit that supports Rhode Island’s design industry announced...
DESIGNxRI HAS AWARDED eight local design firms seed money through its 2022 Providence Design Catalyst Program.

DESIGNxRI provides seed grants to 8 design firms

PROVIDENCE – Eight local design businesses have received seed grants through DESIGNxRI’s 2022 Providence Design Catalyst program, the organization announced Thursday. DESIGNxRI said it is...

Providence, DesignxRI open 6th annual design business grant program

PROVIDENCE – The city of Providence is once again teaming up with DesignxRI to offer grants and other resources to Providence design-focused small businesses. Major...
GROWING STAFF: Scott J. Pacheco, left, owner and president of Scott James Furniture & Design in Tiverton, with his father, Rob Pacheco, head bed builder. Although the company shut down for two months at the start of the pandemic in March 2020, it has done well since then, Scott Pacheco said, especially “doing a lot more work in the wealthier coastal neighborhoods for people leaving New York,” which has resulted in more full-time employees now than before COVID-19 hit. / PBN PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN

New model for collaboration

Rhode Island has a long, rich and diverse history of design, which arguably started with Samuel Slater. In 1789, the 21-year-old textile mill apprentice...

DESIGNxRI announces 2021 Design Catalyst cohort

PROVIDENCE – DESIGNxRI announced its 2021 cohort for the Providence Design Catalyst program Friday. The 10 local design businesses will receive a combined $140,000 in...
DESIGNxRI and Providence announced the launch of the fifth Providence Design Catalyst program on Thursday.

DESIGNxRI, city launch 5th Providence Design Catalyst program

PROVIDENCE – DESIGNxRI and Mayor Jorge O. Elorza announced the launch of the fifth Providence Design Catalyst competitive grant program on Thursday. The program will...
HEATING UP: Alaina Mahoney, left, of Providence-based A.M. Design & Fabrication LLC, works with assistant Erica Compton heating metal in a forge to hammer out a mirror frame for Mahoney’s upcoming product line release.  / COURTESY RUE SAKAYAMA PHOTOGRAPHY

‘Thriving in the undefined’

To Alaina Mahoney – painter, blacksmith and welder of steel – few tropes are staler than the “starving artist.” “Almost everyone I went to school...
FIRST WE WALK 
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...

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