Hacking My Education

December 31, 2012Education, Leadership, Miscellaneous

As part of a new series, we hear from DFA students around the country about their thoughts, vision, and passions in life. This one is brought to you by Michael Kulikowski, founder of DFA Virginia Tech. The topic of Design Activism is something that strongly resonates with me – it is the embodiment of the fusion … Read More

DFA UO Improving Communication for Children with Autism

December 14, 2012Design Phase, Development, Discovery, Ideas, Prototype, Testing

We interviewed the DFA Studio at University of Oregon about their project, which focuses on increasing interaction among children with non-verbal autism.  One of their solutions, the Calm Wall, looks at how children with autism can engage in multi-sensory experience through light, touch, and sound, to interact with each other and be better prepared to … Read More

DFA Listed among the Top 100 in Public Interest Design

December 6, 2012Miscellaneous

PublicInterestDesign.org is principally a blog about a growing movement at the intersection of design and service. This year, for the first time, they’ve come out with a Top 100 list. Acknowledged alongside folks like Bill Clinton and Brad Pitt, DFA is honored for faculty founder, Liz Gerber and Director of Operations, Sami Nerenberg to be recognized as a … Read More

Featured Mentor: Erin Liman

December 6, 2012Design, DFA Behind the Scenes, Learning 2 Comments

Here in DFA, we rely on volunteer mentorship of design and business professionals around the country to support our teams. So we wanted to take a moment to recognize one of those awesome people here on our blog- Erin Liman! Erin Liman is an “Innovation Accelerator,” an entrepreneurially minded problem-solver who is passionate about increasing … Read More

Featured DFA-er: Sara Mesing

December 1, 2012DFA Behind the Scenes, Leadership, Profiles

Here in Design for America, we think DFAers are pretty amazing- not only for their work in DFA, but who they are as people and leaders. As such, we’re taking some time to feature a couple of them on our blog here. Get to know DFA Case Western-CIA founder and leader, Sara Mesing! Why did … Read More

DFA’s TEDx Talk on Developing Empathic Leaders

November 28, 2012DFA Behind the Scenes 1 Comment

TEDx Indianapolis, Design Learning, recently brought together leaders around the future of learning. Following the demand to put education into action- Design for America’s Sami Nerenberg discusses the role of design in creating empathic leaders and following a life of meaning. Working to transform outdated models of higher-education, DFA exemplifies students re-defining their own education to … Read More

DFA Virginia Tech Promoting Alternative Transportation

November 26, 2012Design, Design Phase, Environment, Opportunities, Prototype, Testing 1 Comment

We had the pleasure of interviewing Michael Kulikowski, a student  founder of the DFA studio at Virginia Tech about a recent project of theirs, the BurgFinder. The BurgFinder is a series of town signs to promote alternative modes of transportation, involving visual cues that use time as a measurement of distance to a particular destination … Read More