a collaborative instruction manual for artists and designers.
RISDpedia is a place where artists and designers can share information about the products and materials we use, and how to use them. Here, you can find Articles on how to, but also information on exact products and materials. Click on examples below to see it in action.
That seriously is all there is to it.
RISDpedia is a collaborative website who serves to document all the products and materials used by artists and designers. Imagine if you looked up epoxy on wikipedia and, instead of finding information about the chemicals that are used to make it, there was a list of all the different epoxies available, with full information on each of them: how to use them, what they work with, what they don't work with, etc.
On RISDpedia, you will also find articles on how to work with materials. Need to know how to properly sand wood? It's in there. What about information on gouache? Yeah, we cover that. We know that some products are very similar to each other, but we also know that "similar" does not mean "the same," so each product gets entered separately.
With RISDpedia you can know before you buy if a product or material will work, and that information will save you time and money.
Right now, RISDpedia is small, with information about approximately 300 products and 20 articles. One student has done 99% of this work. We are not asking you to spend a lot of time editing or adding to articles. We are asking for quick edits that will take just a few minutes of your time, just here and there. But together they will add up to an invaluable resource for all RISD students.
If you would like to contribute in any way and are not sure how, click here
This summer, RISDpedia was revamped to make contribution as easy as possible. If you can send an email or post an image on Facebook, you have all the skills that are needed to contribute.
Because so much of this project is just 1 person, I need all the help I can get. From documentation to web-design, to site flow. contact me if you would like to help.
Anything you can give us, even simple grammar & spelling fixes. Or if you think something reads strangely, change it.
You can't. Well technically you could, but it is not a problem at all. RISDpedia is set up so that any change can be undone. Even a year down the road. So don't be afraid to make changes!
Browsing RISDpedia couldn't be easier. Just like wikipedia, you can search for the articles you want, but even better you can find products without even knowing what you are looking for. You can quickly browse through products by Company or Materials categories by clicking on the + signs next to each category. Doing so will create a drop down, and expose everything in it. We worked hard to categorize the products as well as possible, but we can always use help, if you think there need to be other/better categories, please Let us know.
The search bar on the left will list pages that contain with the letters you type in as you start to type. This is nice to see what pages are available. But just because you didn't see it in the list does not mean it is not in there so if you don't see something in the list, hit search, and hopefully you will find it. All searches are logged so we can see what people want to know. This is just there so we can add info we may be missing.
Product and material pages that are categorized, list their hierarchy right below their headline title. Looking at page Baltic Birch Plywood, you can see Hierarchy: Materials | Raw Material | Wood | Plywood. Clicking on anyone of them will show you other products in that same category.
Just want to see what we have here? No problem.