DFA fellows and co-founders Mert Iseri and Yuri Malina have been hard at work developing a solution to the 4th leading cause of death in the United States: hospital-acquired infections, which result in over 90,000 deaths and over $4 billion in costs annually. Their solution is SwipeSense and as of today, they are on their … Read More
It all started last year, when the Jerry the Bear team decided it was time to bring Jerry to life. They took an independent study with Northwestern Professor Michael Peshkin and built a bear that could talk– bringing them one step closer to improving the lives of children with diabetes.
The results are in, the DFA Right Angle is able to reduce water use in cafeterias by half. After two days of testing, team lead, Thea Klein-Mayer galvanized a team of students to watch and observe cafeteria staff during open hours. Day one, the team created a baseline and measured that the for a 9 … Read More
In Los Angeles, drivers spend an average of 64 hours per year in rush-hour traffic. That’s almost two workweeks a year. Luckily, LA2B has formed to envision a new way of moving around the city. Joined by GOOD magazine, DFA UCLA’s team has joined these local partners in their quest for better mobility.
Well, we just had a whirlwind tour visiting all 8 of our DFA studios! From UCLA to Dartmouth, students are plugging away at tackling the most complex challenges of our time. So what have the teams been up to? 170 students from campuses throughout the country have been hard at work establishing local partnerships and … Read More
This year DFA had some stellar press opportunities so we wanted to take a quick moment to recap in case you missed it. We were featured on the cover of Fast Company, written about in Forbes & TechCrunch, received TWO awards from Core77, spoke at the renowned CUSP conference and more. Most recently, we were spotted twice by experts as key trends in design and innovation for … Read More
This year, DFA’s flagship studio at Northwestern was joined by students from Stanford, UCLA, Dartmouth, RISD-Brown, Cornell, University of Oregon, and Barnard-Columbia. With 600 students from 60 different majors and 170 core team members currently involved, this year we plan to accept 6-8 new studios led by the most creative and passionate students of our … Read More
Champlain College’s application has had a very special beginning to us. NPR journalist, Richard Nadworny, did a thoughtful piece on us after watching Mert Iseri at CUSP. What’s special is things seem to be coming full circle, as DFA Faculty Founder, Liz Gerber actually grew up right in this area of Burlington, VT. In Richard’s … Read More
This just in from Eva Walkuski, a sophomore in Architecture, Arts & Technology, Art History and Theory, at School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC)!! “Hi Design for America! Over in downtown Chicago things have been going great! We have been getting a lot of support from students, faculty and administration from both SAIC and Roosevelt University!
This just in from student applicants, Adrienne Harreveld and Mahsa Taskindoust from Duke! We had a great time going into our community and compiling stories and profiles from diverse Durham residents. The community feedback has given us a great idea of what … Read More