Knitting together the fabric of our world, seams hold together our infrastructure, repair our wounds, and connect us through visible and invisible networks. They alert us to the presence of former rifts, existing partitions, and opportunities for collective transformation. Seams describe the most essential and sometimes the most fragile parts of our reality.


By finding and developing seams, designers are empowered to repair, create, and differentiate. Seams are sites of healing, rending apart, folding, beginnings, and endings. Designers are tasked with bringing seams together, creating them, or bridging their gaps.


We hope to confront challenges by tugging at the seams. To drive our exploration, we assemble a diverse community of designers and organizers working to unravel structures of oppression and create new, exciting realities. We’re interested in how designing around junctures, wrinkles, and spaces between can shape radically reimagined futures.

Schedule
SOCIAL EVENTS
LECTURES & PANELS
WORKSHOPS
KEYNOTES
5:00—6:30PM
Registration
CHACE CENTER, RISD MUSEUM
6:30—7:30PM
Unraveling the Chains
METCALF AUDITORIUM, RISD MUSEUM / ZOOM
Opening Keynote - Niki Franco
7:30—8:30PM
Outside Social
MOORE TERRACE, RISD
9:30—10:30AM
Registration & Breakfast
SALOMON LOBBY/MAIN GREEN, BROWN
10:30—11:25AM
Akanksha Deo Sharma
SALOMON AUDITORIUM, BROWN / Live Stream
Lecture — Akanksha Deo Sharmaa
11:30—12:55PM
The Haus of Glitter Dance Company
SALOMON 202, BROWN / ZOOM
Workshop — The Haus of Glitter Dance Company
11:30—12:25PM
Kell Rakowski
SALOMON 203, BROWN / ZOOM
Lecture — Kell Rakowski
1:00—2:00PM
Lunch
MAIN GREEN, BROWN
2:00—2:55PM
Nu Goteh
SALOMON 202, BROWN / ZOOM
Lecture — Nu Goteh
2:00—2:55PM
Anna Lee
SALOMON 203, BROWN / ZOOM
Lecture — Anna Lee
2:00—2:55PM
DESIGNING WITH POWER & POWERLESSNESS BETWEEN THE LAYERS OF PUBLIC SERVICE DESIGN
SALOMON 003, BROWN / ZOOM
Lecture - Stephanie Yim
3:00—3:55PM
Designing for Care Under Mass Supervision: A Discussion on Emergent Practices
SALOMON 003, BROWN / ZOOM
Lecture - Yindi Pei, Emiliano Lopez, & Es Braziel
3:00—3:55PM
The Ends Justify The Memes: MSCHF Pushes Critical Content To Mass Audiences.
SALOMON 202, BROWN / ZOOM
Lecture - Lukas Bentel & Kevin Wiesner
3:00—3:55PM
Lucia Monge
SALOMON 203, BROWN / ZOOM
Lecture — Lucia Monge
4:00—4:30PM
Snack
MAIN GREEN, BROWN
4:30—5:30PM
HOW TO FIND YOUR ACTIVISM
SALOMON AUDITORIUM / Live Stream
Ending Keynote - Ti Chang
5:30—7:00PM
Outside Social
MAIN GREEN / SAYLES HALL, BROWN
Speakers

Emiliano Lopez

Project Protocol

he/him


Anna Lee

Lioness

she/her


Ti Chang

CRAVE

she/her


Kelly Rakowski

Lex

she/her


Yindi Pei

Project Protocol

they/他


Stephanie Yim

Public Policy Lab

she/her


Es Braziel

Project Protocol

they/them


Lucia Monge

she/her


Nu Goteh

Room for Magic

he/him


Niki Franco

(F)empower

she/they


Lukas Bentel

MSCHF

he/him


Kevin Wiesner

MSCHF

he/him


The Haus of Glitter Dance Company

The Haus of Glitter Dance Company

they/them/theirs


Akanksha Deo

IKEA of Sweden AB

she/her

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