At first, the word “design” might make you think of graphics and stylish home interiors, but in reality, that’s hardly scratching the surface. “In the past decade, design has become a critical factor in how we engage with the world through devices, smart home technology, and lifestyles,” elaborates Jennifer Bialek, director of business development at creative nonprofit DESIGNxRI. “Given the global pandemic, design is becoming more critical in how we move forward.”
DESIGNxRI is the organization behind the week-long annual celebration dedicated to the state’s most innovative designers through curated talks, events, and interactive programming. This year, of course, DESIGN WEEK RI will look a bit different, including virtual tours and workshops and a half-day SPARK DESIGN Summit that encourages creatives to learn more about the design sector and workforce, plus opportunities to network. There will be a behind-the-scenes tour from Farm Fresh RI, Bialek says, a bike tour of youth-built design properties around Providence, and a podcast about digital health design. “Our community was challenged to bring their talent, inspiration, solutions, and design mind when submitting proposals,” says Bialek, “and they did not disappoint.” For tickets and details, visit DESIGNxRI.com.