The Challenge

Businesses need creativity to adapt to the complex demands of the increasingly competitive and volatile global economy.

With its rich legacy in critical thinking, Rhode Island School of Design was well positioned to launch an executive education program that gives companies tools to compete in this new normal of disruptive change.

Studio Rainwater worked with RISD to brand the program for its launch and develop strategic outreach materials and a website aimed at executives and business leaders.

Bridging the Divide

We created a brand identity for the program that bridged the divide between the goal-oriented corporate world and the creative energy of design education. The logo takes the visual language of information graphics and deconstructs it through the communications materials to map new ways of thinking and pathways toward future innovation.


2017 How International Design Award for Excellence in Identity Design


Creative Strategy


Logo and Visual Identity Design

Website Design and Development

Presentation Graphics

Stationery and Collateral



Print and Digital Publications


Education, Corporate

Photo: Trevor Holden
RISD Executive Education Design
RISD Executive Education Branding
Intentionally Flexible

The identity is flexible enough to evolve through the program’s initiatives and website, focusing on audiences in a variety of business sectors from finance to manufacturing, so that each piece is consistent with the brand while keeping the design fresh and exciting.

RISD Executive Education Branding
RISD Executive Education Branding
RISD Executive Education Branding

Teaching new ways of creative thinking to help businesses compete globally.

RISD Executive Education Branding

“We were able to pilot a distinct and comprehensive Executive Education program with the help of Studio Rainwater’s collaboration and expertise. They are skilled and experienced practitioners that care deeply about our work, and produce thoughtful, vibrant and compelling design.”


— Lizzi Ross, Associate Director, RISD Executive Education

RISD Executive Education Branding
RISD Executive Education Branding
RISD Executive Education Branding

After a successful launch, the program received significant funding to work with local manufacturing businesses and help them reimagine their opportunities in a global landscape. Over 25 manufacturing leaders participated in the program during its initial year and Fast Company took note, featuring it in the magazine and online in an article on the 50 States of Innovation.

RISD Executive Education Branding