Meet Janet Zwolinski + ABWxD Recap + ARTIFACT
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Meet Janet Zwolinski, our newly hired DESIGNxRI project coordinator!

A Better World By Design


DxRI Project Coordinator

Janet Zwolinski
DESIGNxRI is pleased to announce Janet Zwolinski as our new Project Coordinator. Janet will be working with us as a consultant, helping to move the strategic initiatives that many of you helped shape earlier this year. 

Janet is a Rhode Island native, an independent jewelry designer and an organizational and preservation consultant with more than 20 years experience in program development, fundraising, marketing, public relations, and the management of not-for-profit organizations.  

With vast amounts of not-for-profit and organizational development experience, including an award winning tenure as the Executive Director of Preserve Rhode Island, Janet founded her own firm in 2009, Consultants in Cultural Preservation (CCP). CCP provides accessible and affordable professional services to organizations, municipalities and individuals. Janet's jewelry line, “Pushing Buttons,” up-cycles vintage 19th and early 20th century art buttons into one-of-a-kind necklaces, bracelets, and earrings.  Janet holds a Master of Arts degree in the Public Humanities from Brown University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Historic Preservation from Roger Williams University. 

At DESIGNxRI, Janet will organize and manage DxRI committees to advance the strategic initiatives the group developed earlier this year. She will coordinate DxRI events and programs and manage internal and external communications, including the soon to launch DxRI comprehensive website.  She will also work to rally the design communities energy - so expect to be hearing from Janet soon!

In the meantime, help us welcome Janet to her new gig. Drop a note and say hello to her here:

ABWxD + DESIGNxRI = Spreading RI Design Talent

On the weekend of September 27-29, more than 700 attendees participated in the 6th annual A Better World By Design Conference sponsored by RISD and Brown University.  ABWxD is an immersive three-day experience that deepens our understanding of the power of design, design-thinking, technology, and enterprise to engage our communities and sustain our environment.
This year, DESIGNxRI partnered with the ABWxD team to bring local RI designers in touch with conference attendees. Following the theme of this year’s conference, “Pause + Effect,” DxRI created dedicated space for reflection by connecting six local design firm principals with conference goers in a one-on-one ‘office hours’ format.

Union Studio's Donald Powers, Mars Made's Justin Sirotin, LSID Principal Libby Slader, NAIL's Brian Gross, Ximedica's Steve Lane, and ARTIFACT Co-Founder Jennifer Robbins took on 25 attendees in back to back 20 minute sessions. They answered questions about the design industry, and gave participants expert advice on their projects, ideas, portfolios and careers. Spreading a bit of RI design talent out in the world. 

The feedback and engagement since has been fantastic. If you missed the conference, you can read a little about it in the Providence Journal here. Or check out their website for some info and a wrap up by Caroline Mailloux

After a sold out show in Austin, TX and high critical acclaim, the ARTIFACT Conference is coming to Providence on November 4-5, 2013. The mission of the conference is to arm designers and developers with how-to information and practical take- aways that will help them adapt to the demands of the mobile web.
ARTIFACT focuses on the design process—how designers do their creative work and how they communicate those ideas to clients, stakeholders, and development teams. They will learn about responsive workflows, prototyping strategies, new tools, and deliverables that make sense. The two-day conference features an all-star line-up of leaders in the mobile web design field, including Ethan Marcotte, Brad Frost, Jennifer Robbins, Jen Simmons, Jason Pamental, and many more. The intimate scale of the conference fosters a sense of community and is mentioned as attendees’ favorite aspect of the event.  For more information about the ARTIFACT Conference, see
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