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Stories shared by the RISD community.


RISD Voice Episode 7 - Jarrett Krosoczka

Jarrett is the two-time winner of the Third to Fourth Grade Book of the Year in the Children’s Choice Book Awards, has emceed the ceremony twice, and has seen his work recommended by national publications like NewsweekThe New York Times and USA Today. He is also the host of The Book Report with JJK on SiriusXM’s Kids’ Place Live, a twice-a-month segment celebrating authors, books and reading. His Punk Farm and Lunch Lady series are both in development to be feature films. In 2013 his Lunch Lady series will end and he will launch Platypus Police Squad, a new chapter book series. Jarrett is happily living out his childhood dream in Northampton, Massachusetts, where he resides with his wife and two daughters and their pug, Ralph Macchio. Visit his website at

P.S. If spending an hour with Jarrett is not enough for you, you should check out Jarrett's inspirational TED talk. You'll love it. 

Episode 7 (54 min) - Jarrett Krosoczka


RISD Voice Episode 6 - Arthi Sundaresh

In this sixth episode of RISD Voice, we interviewed Arthi Sundaresh. Arthi graduated from Brown University as an undergraduate and graduated from RISD in 2009 with a Masters of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree. She now teaches in the Providence Public School District. You can contact her at

Episode 6 (39 min) - Arthi Sundaresh, Download MP3 (Right Click, Save As...)


RISD Voice Episode 5 - Drew Freeman

In this fifth episode of RISD Voice, we interviewed Drew Freeman. Drew graduated from RISD from graphic design with a BFA in 2001 and BGD in 2002. Drew went on to work for Pentagram, the world's largest independent design consultancy. At Pentagram, Andrew is an Associate Partner to Paula Scher and has developed identity and branding systems, promotional materials, websites, environmental graphics, packaging and publication designs for a broad range of clients that includes, among others, Bloomberg, Microsoft, Coca-Cola, Citibank, Hershey's, Target, Columbia Records, Cohen Brothers Realty, The Street, Shake Shack, Spike Lee, Robin Hood Foundation, The Public Theater, Philadelphia Orchestra, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Pittsburgh Children’s Museum, the High Line, NYC Parks, and The New York Times. Since this interview took place, Drew is now the Founder and Principal of afreeman, a design consultancy that develops identity and branding systems, promotional materials, new media, packaging, publication design, signage and environmental graphics for a broad range of clients.

Episode 5 (45 min) - Drew Freeman, Download MP3 (Right Click, Save As...)


RISD Voice Episode 4 - Melissa Rivera

In this episode, Melissa Rivera from Unleash Studio talks about her experience at RISD as both an undergraduate student in industrial design (2001) and a graduate student in art & design education (2005). After graduation, Melissa moved to Hawaii to teach at various schools and universities while starting her own design studio. Melissa is also a founding member of the RISD Alumni Club in Hawaii. 

You can follow what Melissa's doing at the Unleash Studio facebook page here.

Episode 4 (48 min) - Melissa Rivera, Download MP3 (Right Click, Save As...)


RISD Voice Episode 3 - Dotty Westby

In this third episode of RISD Voice, we interviewed Dotty Westby. Dotty graduated from RISD in 1962 from sculpture as an undergrad. She also got her graduate degree in printmaking from RISD. In this interview, Dotty talks about her RISD career, and how she eventually became an airline captain pilot. You can see her latest illustration of her daughter's book at

Episode 3 (49 min) - Dotty Westby, Download MP3 (Right Click, Save As...)