Dear Class of 2010,
Congratulations! With commencement fast approaching, I wanted to provide an “artrepreneur starter kit” of sorts, part of which you will receive when you pick up your caps and gowns. The rest can be accessed via links in this note.
This year I am particularly pleased to present you all with Squares from Square, Inc., a new tool that will change creative commerce. Square is an application for mobile devices that allows the secure process of credit card payments from your mobile phone, so you can handle transactions anywhere. A small card reader plugs directly into your phone, allowing a designer without a storefront or a painter without an art gallery to make a sale easily and wirelessly from the street, at the coffee shop, or from home.
Read about how Square works at https://squareup.com/
Square featured in New York Times and Fast Company.
Also, MOO is generously providing graduating students with a free set of 50 personalized business cards upon graduation. MOO is a Providence-based printing company that lets artists use their own work to make print products like business cards. Pieces are laid out online, designed using your own images that you can upload directly to the site.
To order your free pack, visit http://www.moo.com/partner/uni_risd. Offer expires August 20, 2010.
Finally, we have arranged for each graduate to receive a free EverFi.com license. EverFi is an online financial literacy company that provides a rigorous online personal training program on financial literacy via a series of learning modules that help to develop critical skills such as budgeting, saving, insuring, investing, etc.
If you wish to participate, just click on the link, enter your information, and you will be sent a username and password to log into the program: http://bit.ly/b0GW7f
As artists and designers, I believe that your intuitive, creative thinking will become the driver of economic possibility to a broad array of fields. The first, most important step of your journey as artists has been the meticulous honing of your individual thinking and making skills over the last several years here at RISD; the next is opening you up to additional resources and know-how to launch your work into the public spectrum and make a living, in whatever way you choose.
I hope that you will find these to be useful tools. RISD is proud of your incredibly hard work, abundant passion and unique talent. I look forward to seeing you all at commencement and following your continued success in the years to come.
John Maeda, president
Rhode Island School of Design
Office of the President
2 College Street
Providence, RI 02903