Building a Foundation at DFA Berkeley

May 30, 2013DFA Behind the Scenes, Studios

Hello from DFA UC Berkeley and sunny California! This year, we started working in our permanent studio space at the Cal Design Lab. We love having a studio filled with prototyping materials and plenty of whiteboard space! We honed our surveying skills by going out into the community and interviewing the homeless. We brushed up … Read More

Bridging Spaces for Learning: Ben Shapiro’s TEDx Talk

May 22, 2013DFA Behind the Scenes, Learning, Presentation 2 Comments

DFA Vanderbilt’s co-founder Ben Shapiro gives a TEDx Talk at Furman University. With the theme of Redesigning Education,this conference describes itself as, “Redesigning Education is no small task. Since the ways that we share ideas, process information and create knowledge are changing every day, the places and spaces where we teach and learn must change, … Read More

DFA Virginia Tech: SEE[K]ing Impact

May 21, 2013DFA Behind the Scenes, Studios

Hello All! DFA Virginia Tech is excited to wrap up our first year and prepare for wonderful opportunities to come.  Some of this year’s highlights include working on four projects, holding a design thinking speaker series, hosting two design documentary sneak previews, and bringing Neighborland to Blacksburg (along with a few bake sales showcasing our … Read More

DFA Vanderbilt: Sparking Change

May 20, 2013Studios 2 Comments

Greetings Everyone!! DFA Vanderbilt is excited to provide updates on our development, projects, event highlights, and accomplishments of a highly successful inaugural year!  What began last year as a few students passionate about bringing design to a campus without a traditional design school has developed into a core studio of 20 undergraduate and graduate students and a … Read More

DFA Yale: A Year of Learning Thyself

May 16, 2013Studios

Greetings from New Haven! It’s been a wild year here at DFA Yale: we’ve grown from five members to thirty, gotten five projects off the ground, and hosted a crazy-awesome weekend of DFA fun at the East Coast Meet-Up. This fall, we were lucky enough to host fellow DFA rockstars from RISD/Brown, Cornell, Barnard/Columbia and … Read More

Dell Social Innovation Challenge Champion Award

May 14, 2013DFA Behind the Scenes

Giselle Malina, recently accepted the Dell Social Innovation Challenge Champion Award on behalf of DFA. According to the organization, the 2013 Leadership Activation Awards were given to “leaders who’ve gone above and beyond in activating and mentoring their students and participating in the DSIC community.”

Extreme by Design

May 12, 2013DFA Behind the Scenes, Fun, Learning, Miscellaneous, Profiles

We had the pleasure of interviewing Ralph King, the inspiring and talented filmmaker of Extreme by Design, a documentary film. Design for America has had the exclusive opportunity to pre-screen the film at its studios around the country. The film itself focuses on a team of college students from the Stanford design school and their … Read More

Thea Klein-Mayer speaks at TEDxUChicago

May 11, 2013DFA Behind the Scenes

Our very own Design for America fellow, Thea Klein-Mayer, was a featured speaker at TEDxUChicago 2013 on Saturday, May 11th. “TEDxUChicago is a local, independently organized event at the University of Chicago that strives to re-create the unique experience found at TED, where the world´s leaders, thinkers, and doers congregate to share what they are most passionate about… … Read More