v.1 is a publishing platform for the ongoing work, ideas, discussions, debates, and aspirations of students at the Rhode Island School of Design. v.1 strives to create space and time for conversations across diverse disciplines, cultures, and perspectives. Its form and content are endlessly flexible — it's always “volume 1.”
v.1 believes in accessibility and seeks to be representative of and relevant to its community.
v.1 believes in dialogue and hopes to respect and bridge divides through active listening, reflection, and free and fair expression.
v.1 believes in credibility and is driven by rigorous, meaningful content.
v.1 believes in transparency and seeks to dissolve barriers between students, the institution, the city, and the world.
v.1 believes in uncertainty and wishes to learn, adapt, and forgive our imperfections together.
We are currently seeking submissions for Spring 2020. (But our regular publishing schedule may be extended in light of our pandemic publishing efforts; please e-mail for details.)
Email your ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A 100 word reflection on a visiting speaker? A poem about that one day when you took that one walk and listened to that one song? A report about something in the air at RISD, locally, or globally? A podcast for the web? An ongoing online advice column for those broken-hearted and confused? A comic strip summary of that intense conversation you had last night?
Send us a pitch (100 words or less), a sprouting thought, or an aspirational draft. Summarize your idea and help us understand why it matters (why you care and why others may, too) and what your angle is (how will you approach the topic?).
The editors will make every effort to get back to you within a week. Text should be in Word, images in JPEG and with a basic caption/description.
Our primary criteria for selecting submissions is alignment with our broad and inclusive values (see above). While v.1 will occasionally decline submissions, our overall attitude is: if you want to publish it, we want to work with you to make it happen. Contributors should expect a thoughtful editorial process.
General questions and curiosities are welcome anytime; we’d truly love to hear from you. Email us at: email@example.com.
Irina Wang MID 2020
Irina grew up Taiwanese-Floridian before moving to the UK for undergraduate studies and working as a graphic designer at Pentagram London. In the past she’s combined a love of typography, language, and environmental theory by designing alongside linguists and native communities to revitalize endangered languages—now in RISD’s Industrial Design program, she’s applying this transdisciplinary approach to systems design around nuclear nonproliferation, decarbonization, and just transitions. Returning to the v.1 team for a second year, she’s most excited to foster pieces that experiment with the printed word and the porous boundaries between publishing and praxis. She has a soft spot for leavened bread, 50mm lenses, her old Bianchi, and campfire smoke. As a generalism specialist, she is happiest dabbling in too many things but will skew cynical if she doesn’t climb a tree, pet a cat, or complete a crossword every once in a while.
Tiger Dingsun BFA GD 2020
Tiger is interested in poetry and experimental fiction, especially when they exist fluidly across digital and physical media. He likes when texts go non-linear, when they are everything and nothing, when they disappear, become boring, become wallpaper. He likes texts that capture the type of experiences that tend to fall through the cracks. He’s excited to work with people who want to do web publishing projects! Let’s make websites that explore different ways of presenting a poem, or a story, or an essay. He likes walking slow, and walking fast, and also at a normal pace.
Asher White BFA SC 2022
Asher White (pisces) is an artist, musician, writer, and Billy Joel connoisseur who proudly owns the bulk of Joel’s discography from 1971’s Cold Spring Harbor up through 1986’s The Bridge but shamefully has yet to obtain his final 3 records. She believes his dedication to the craft of songwriting produced an impeccable 9-album run that is rivaled only by Diana Ross, Gucci Mane, and Bjork. She was born & raised in Chicago and spent many years there collecting small items and recordings which she now arranges, manipulates, and reproduces as symbols of her gratitude to all the people tirelessly helped her out. She is enthralled to serve as an editor for v.1 and hopes to string together mindmaps and compile even more artifacts with anyone who is interested. She sees v.1 as an opportunity to anthologize the desires, anxieties, fascinations and frustrations of the people around her! You can find her latest project at www.ancientcollect.online and her previous work at www.asherewhite.com.
Angela Lobel BFA ID 2022
Angela is interested in making and collecting media that is easily accessible and distributed through unlikely channels. Borrowing from disciplines spanning art, design, and the sciences, she is interested in the overlap between intention and interpretation. Angela is excited to learn about and experiment with the many formats that RISD students use in conjunction with their studio practices.
Ariel Wills MA NCSS
Ariel Wills is an artist and writer. She earned a BA in Humanities from the University of Oregon while focusing on art, dance and Spanish. She studied abroad in Querétaro, Mexico, and at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel, taught ESOL in Madrid and interned at the W.F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem. Formerly, Ariel was a Spanish language and cultural exchange associate at Andeo International Homestays. Her illustrations and essays recognize and honor diverse expressions of knowledge and experience by examining our global ecosystem, cultural heritage, migration and diaspora. Ariel looks forward to working with the v.1 community, illustrating and engaging with the the evolution of the publication.
Elizabeth Burmann MFA SC 2020
Crafting encounters between nature and culture, Elizabeth’s practice promotes the blurring of the normative borders and hierarchies imposed over the ideas of an organic versus an artificial world, establishing the material decay as a meeting point of these conditions. Elizabeth is part of the collective art&crap in Santiago de Chile, where along with a group of artists and researchers she is interested in the material and discursive experimentation of everyday subjects, gathering, producing, archiving and sharing the results of dirty processes between arts, crafts, and the porous meanings of things.
The views and opinions expressed in v.1 are those of the individual contributors and do not reflect those of the editors or of Rhode Island School of Design.