Thank you for all the support and everyone who came out to our events. Check out the event photos, and stay tuned for video uploads of each lecture.

See you next year,
AIGA Rhode Island




Ellen Lupton
Thursday, March 3, 2016
Providence Public Library Auditorium
Doors open at 6:30pm



Ellen Lupton is curator of contemporary design at Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York City and director of the Graphic Design MFA program at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore. An author of numerous books and articles on design, she is a public-minded critic, frequent lecturer, and AIGA Gold Medalist.

Authored books by Ellen Lupton

Authored books by Ellen Lupton

Barbara Glauber 
Thursday, March 10, 2016
Providence Public Library Auditorium
Doors open at 6:30pm



Barbara Glauber, principal and founder of Heavy Meta design studio, focuses on projects for cultural institutions, collaborating with artists, curators, and editors to create monographs, interdisciplinary exhibitions, information graphics, and identities. Barbara has an MFA from CalArts and teaches design at Yale and Cooper Union.

Various book covers by Barbara Glauber (Heavy Meta)

Various book covers by Barbara Glauber (Heavy Meta)

KnowHER Design Gallery Opening

Thursday, March 17
RISD Graphic Design Commons
Doors open at 6:30pm
Free and open to the public

Call for Entries

Calling all women designers! You are invited to submit work for SeeHerWork, an exhibition opening in conjunction with AIGA RI's upcoming KnowHer Talks. The opening will take place on Gallery Night / March 17 at RISD's Graphic Design Commons, a beautiful new gallery along Canal Street. Your work will be sharing the same space with work from our amazing lecturers. (What?! That's and Ellen Lupton hanging in the same gallery!)

Submit a jpg of the work, along with the following information:
1. Name / Address / Phone / E-mail
2. Client
3. What were you striving to communicate with this piece?
If it's a collaborative effort, please include names of photographers, illustrators and copywriters.

Send to
Kristin at

Eligible work:
You can send us books, posters, printed pieces, video, animation, audio. As long as you identify as a designer, you are welcome to submit any kind of project. 

Deadline for jpg entries: Friday March 4

Deadline for final work delivery: March 14.
You'll be responsible for getting the work to us, but we'll be setting up times for drop off as we approach the deadline.


Eniko Deri and Nora Demeczky
Thursday, March 24, 2016
Providence Public Library Auditorium
Doors open at 6:30pm



Eniko Deri and Nora Demeczky are Hungarian graphic designers and owners of the Budapest-based studio de_form. They graduated from Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design in 2014. After just one year of collaboration, they already have a range of projects in their portfolio. They are well-known throughout the design community for their striking solutions in the fields of art direction, branding, and editorial design.

Beyond the Obvious by Eniko Deri and Nora Demeczsky (de_form)

Beyond the Obvious by Eniko Deri and Nora Demeczsky (de_form)

Panel Discussion with
Debbie Millman and
Cocktail Hour

Thursday, March 31, 2016
Providence Art Club, Maxwell Mays Gallery
Doors open at 6:30pm

Panel includes:
Juliette Cezzar, Designer & Assistant Professor at Parsons
Ashleigh Axios, Creative Director for the White House
Nancy Skolos, Designer & Professor at RISD
Dr. Nadine Chahine, Monotype's UK Type Director



Debbie Millman
Debbie Millman is a world renowned writer, educator, artist, brand consultant and host of the radio show Design Matters. Design Matters is the world’s first podcast about design and an inquiry into the broader world of creative culture through wide-ranging conversations with designers, writers, artists, curators, musicians, and other luminaries of contemporary thought.

Brand Thinking by Debbie Millman

Brand Thinking by Debbie Millman


Juliette Cezzar
Juliette Cezzar is an Assistant Professor and Associate Director of the BFA Communication Design program at Parsons / The New School, where she was the Director of the BFA Communication Design and BFA Design & Technology programs from 2011–2014. She established her small studio, e.a.d., in 2005. While books anchor the practice, her work has spanned a variety of media for clients such as Tartine, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, RES Magazine, The Museum of Modern Art, The New York Times, Eleven Madison Park, and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Art, and Planning. She is the co-author of Designing the Editorial Experience (Rockport) and authordesigner of Office Mayhem (Abrams), Paper Pilot, Paper Captain, and Paper Astronaut (Universe / Rizzoli). She holds an MFA in Graphic Design from Yale University and a professional degree (B. Arch) in Architecture from Virginia Tech. She is the president of the board of directors at AIGA/NY.

Ant Farm at the Columbia University School of Architecture by Juliette Cezzar

Ant Farm at the Columbia University School of Architecture by Juliette Cezzar


Ashleigh Axios
Ashleigh Axios, the Creative Director for the White House, leads and manages design for the White House and from within the Office of Digital Strategy. Before taking a position as the Creative Director, Axios spent two years as an Art Director for the Office of Digital Strategy. Ashleigh served for upwards of four years as an executive board member for AIGA DC, the DC chapter the professional association for design. Ashleigh previously worked as the manager of online editorial and engagement for the National Wildlife Federation. Prior to that, she designed interactive museum exhibits with Cortina Productions, notably helping The Henry Ford launch their Driving America permanent museum exhibit on the influence of the automobile on American culture. Ashleigh has also worked as a graphic designer for openbox9, Fleishman–Hillard, and Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). Born in Northern Virginia and raised in New Jersey, Ashleigh received a BFA in Graphic Design from RISD. by Ashleigh Axios by Ashleigh Axios


Nancy Skolos
A native of Ohio, Nancy began her college career in design at The University of Cincinnati in industrial design. After two years of study, she was accepted as one of a few undergraduate students at Cranbrook Academy of Art where she completed her BFA in interdisciplinary design, and then went directly to Yale and received an MFA in graphic design. Within a year of graduation, she started a practice with her husband, Tom Wedell, whom she met at Cranbrook. Their early projects developed a visual vocabulary with a complexity of structure and color that reflected the hightechnology and consumer electronics clients they had in Boston such as Digital Equipment Corporation and Boston Acoustics. Over the years they have worked at the boundaries of graphic design and photography, creating collaged, illusory images influenced by modern painting and architecture. In 1983 Nancy won an Award in Progressive Architecture’s Conceptual Furniture Competition and in the late 1980s Skolos-Wedell’s work was featured in the book New American Design. Nancy began teaching at RISD in the late 1980s and was appointed to the full-time faculty in 1999. In 1998 she became an elected member of the Alliance Graphique Internationale and in 2003 she was named an AIGA Fellow. Skolos has won many awards with her husband including Silver Prize in Toyama and Bronze Prize in Lahti Poster Biennials. 

Posters by Nancy Skolos

Posters by Nancy Skolos


Dr. Nadine Chahine
Dr. Nadine Chahine is the UK Type Director and Legibility Expert at Monotype, where she plays a key role in the design and development of new typefaces, in addition to research focused on various relationships between typefaces and legibility. A native of Lebanon, Nadine’s special interest in Arabic typography is at the heart of the many typefaces she’s designed, including the Frutiger Arabic, Palatino Arabic, Zapfino Arabic, Koufiya, Janna, Badiya and BigVesta Arabic designs. Nadine studied Graphic Design at the American University of Beirut and received a master’s degree from the prestigious MA Typeface Design program at the University of Reading, UK. In 2012, she earned a Ph.D. from Leiden University in The Netherlands, where she focused on eye movement and legibility studies for the Arabic, Latin and Chinese scripts. Nadine has won numerous typeface design awards, and her work has been featured in the 5th edition of Megg's History of Graphic Design. In 2012, Nadine was selected by Fast Company as one of its “100 Most Creative People in Business” and again in 2014 as one of the publication’s “Most Creative People in Business 1000."

Type specimens of Dr. Nadine Chahine's work

Type specimens of Dr. Nadine Chahine's work




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News & Press


Women of Graphic Design, a blog curated by Kathleen Sleboda of Draw Down and Tori Hinn of Google Creative Lab, gave KnowHER a shoutout! Check it out here.

Sienna Giraldi from WBRU, Brown University's radio station, featured a segment on KnowHER Design Talks.




KnowHER Design Talks, Ellen Lupton


KnowHER Design Talks, Barbara Glauber


KnowHER Design Talks, Nora Demeczky and Eniko Deri (de_form)


KnowHER Design Talks Panel Discussion
Moderator: Debbie Millman
Participants: Dr. Nadine Chahine Nancy Skolos Ashleigh Axios Juliette Cezzar



Photos from the Ellen Lupton design talk. Photos taken by Dan Powell.


Photos from the SeeHER Design Gallery Opening. Photos taken by Karyn Jimenez-Elliot.


Photos from the Eniko Deri and Nora Demeczky design talk. Photos taken by Dan Powell.


Photos from the Discussion Panel event. Photos taken Marianne Lee Photography.



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