Design forward ri


We offer innovation workshops to designers through the DESIGN FORWARD RI partnership, and to other businesses and individual designers through our continued partnership with DESIGNxRI. These workshops help designers at every career stage use their creative process to promote strategic innovation within their firm and empower others to create positive community change. DownCity Design and DESIGN x RI are proud to present EXPLORE, EMERGE, and ADVANCE. Find the program that fits your career stage.



A free career exploration program for all Rhode Island high school students ages 14 and older interested in design industry pathways. Fall, Spring and Summer programs available. 



A free professional development program for Rhode Island's early-career designers interested in gaining skills and strategies in business, communication, user experience, and problem-solving. 



A free professional development program for Rhode Island's mid-career designers looking to expand their skills and networks, apply new strategies to their workplace, and build on existing knowledge.