v.1 is RISD’s student-led publication. Its form and content change from year to year (it’s always “volume 1”).

Info & Submission Guidelines ︎

Pandemic Publishing ︎

  1. Call for Submissions, SOS Edition
  2. 3.29.20 Irina V. Wang
  3. Let Yourself Be Lifted Jackie Scott
  4. Art Is Everything Jen Liese
  5. Two Poems Ella Rosenblatt
  6. Living Room Dance Party Ariel Wills
  7. On Walking When Walking Is Advised Against Keavy Handley-Byrne
  8. Untitled Cita Devlin
  9. Ads in Corona Hannah Oatman
  10. COVID-19 and Communitas Elaine Lopez
  11. A Time for Pie Elizabeth Burmann
  12. How to Stay Motivated When You’re Stuck at Home Clarisse Angkasa
  13. Coerced Harmony (A Tour) Hammad Abid
  14. Zooming In and Out Tongji Philip Qian
  15. [Form] Ciara Carlyle
  16. Hi.txt Dan Luo
  17. A poem about boredom, a composite Maixx Culver-Hagins
  18. Eyewitness News Tristram Lansdowne
  19. Distance Maps Marcus Peabody
  20. Therapeutic Suggestion Maria Aliberti Lubertazzi
  21. Keep Your Heart Six Feet Away From Mine (and other moments) Arielle Eisen
  22. Twenty Instructions for COVID-19 Charlott Isobel Dazan
  23. Cuerno 1 y 2 Yan Diego Estrella Wilson
  24. A Monolith of Grief Regarding the Absence of Touches, or Letter to a Future Lover García Sinclair
  25. Coronavirus by the Thousands Drew Dodge
  26. Two Poems Kathryn Li
  27. Beds Are Burning Aleks Dawson
  28. Still Lifes Yidan Wang
  29. Fragments of Seva Jagdeep Raina
  30. Packing Up and Staying Woojin Kim
  31. Chronic Pain and Fermentation Ralph Davis
  32. Quarantine Letters Hannah Moore
  33. Sounds of Silence: An Isolation Soundscape Dara Benno
  34. 14 Day Detox for Designers Erica Silver

Winter 2020

  1. From the Editors
  2. The Phantom Audience, or How to “Really Do It” Asher White
  3. Some Dry Season(ing) / 5 Tales in an Embryo Room Yuqing Liu
  4. Throwing Salt, Constructing the Homeland Ariel Wills
  5. Infinity Balloon Man Jack Zhou
  6. Texas Triptych Ali Dipp
  7. Phenomenology of Bones Chris Shen
  8. Erlking Yiqun Zhou
  9. Trouble in Reality Elena Foraker
  10. Family Stories Gina Vestuti
  11. Treasure Reilly Blum

Fall 2019
  1. From the Editors
  2. Architecture and Its Ghosts Xuan Liu
  3. Fit/O!de Jeff Katz
  4. Desde La Chinaca y La China Poblana Ariel Wills
  5. Ballast Tiger Dingsun
  6. Love Letters Brenda Rodriguez
  7. The Anxieties of Plant-sitting Carol Demick
  8. Zadie & Teju Ariel Wills
  9. Smooth Stones Ali Dipp 
  10. Kantha’s Melodies Michelle Dixon
  11. Glory West Megan Solis
  12. The 50 Best Albums of the 2010s Asher White

Spring 2019

  1. From the Editors
  2. A Room without a View: Reflections on Studio Practice from a Privileged Poor Chantal Feitosa
  3. Between the Battlements Jeremy Wolin

  4. Accessing Color: Dissecting the Harvard Art Museum’s Forbes Pigment Collection Makoto Kumasaka
  5. British Club Tattoos Nasser Alzayani
  6. Making Space: Creativity and Resilience in War-Time Sri Lanka Elizabeth Dean Hermann
  7. How to Become Trans: A Proposal for the Modern-Day Gender-Agnostic Asher White
  8. Making It Up: A Conversation with Kent Kleinman Wen Zhuang
  9. “In Peace”: A Conversation with Matthew Shenoda Mays Albaik
  10. Suburbia_hours.mov Nora Mayer
  11. Negative Spaces Emily Wright
  12. Centerfold: Urgency Lab
  13. Rise Up: The Sunrise Movement Takes Root in Rhode Island Irina V. Wang
  14. After Strand Nafis White and García Sinclair
  15. Soldiers of Love? Karen Schiff
  16. Decoding Ghosts Molly Hastings
  17. An Annotated Bibliography Eli Backer
  18. Jesus, Marilyn, and Britney: Relationships between Religion and Celebrity Culture Nina Yuchi
  19. The Social (Antique) Network: Empathy in the Age of Digital Antiquing Zola Anderson
  20. My Little Episodes Michael Brandes
  21. Seeking Fair Game on Hidden Fields Reilly Blum
  22. The Should Be Here Is Not Here Joss Liao
  23. Index of Agency Sophie Chien
  24. Don’t Eat the Models Barbara Stehle
  25. Hypothetical Drink Personality Test: Who Said What, and When? Eliza Chen
  26. Dear Arabic Mohammed Nassem

Fall 2018 

  1. From the Editors
  2. How to Make a Person: A Recipe Mays Albaik
  3. Providence Votes Marcus Peabody
  4. Encounters with the Codex: Redefining Forms of Publication June Yoon
  5. How to Encounter a Puddle Anny Li
  6. A Brief List of Premises from a Maker Stuck with Paper, Politics, and Performance Yasi Alipour
  7. Art Writing and the Place of the “I” Randy Kennedy
  8. Written in Stone: Lineage, Legacy, and Letterforms Irina V. Wang
  9. The Unbearable Whiteness of Being (a Graphic Designer) Tiger Dingsun
  10. Colliers/Necklaces Théïa Flynn
  11. When One Door Closes: Examining Issues of Space and Student Curation on Campus Wen Zhuang
  12. Addressing the Empty Plinth: Lessons from Gallery Shows and Public Art Jeremy Wolin
  13. Modern Usage: In Conversation with Remeike Forbes Eliza Chen and Tiger Dingsun
  14. Dangling Threads: Remaining Unclear in Capital Everett Epstein
  15. A Vagabond Viking Voyage and Midsummer Daydream Mike Fink
  16. Everything is Interdependent Angela Dufresne
  17. La Bolita Elaine Lopez
  18. Bread Day Olive B. Godlee
  19. Against the Archive Satpreet Kahlon

2017 - 2018 

  1. Birds, Bees, and Beyond: The Nature Lab Evolves
  2. Concrete Mixer Drum Solo
  3. Negative Spaces
  4. “Printer Prosthetics” at NYABF
  5. On Writing: Nader Tehrani and Katie Faulkner
  6. On Writing: Marie Law Adams and Dan Adams
  7. On Writing: Kunlé Adeyemi
  8. Connecting Food and Design
  9. Remixing Architectural Discourse
  10. Genesis : 1: Beret Shit
  11. “No voy a actuar en el mundo antes de entenderlo”: Una conversación con Alfredo Jaar
  12. “I Will Not Act in the World Before Understanding the World”: A Conversation with Alfredo Jaar
  13. Imagining Irmgard
  14. Afterwords: Bite
  15. Afterwords: Portals
  16. Afterwords: Calendar
  17. Seeking Drafts


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.

Submission Guidelines

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 v1@risd.edu.

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: v1@risd.edu.


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.