October 30, 2013Miscellaneous

This article is reproduced from Northwestern’s McCormick School of Engineering’s website: Hannah Chung, a recent McCormick graduate and co-creator of an educational toy for children with diabetes, won a pitch competition October 17 at Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Summit. Billionaire investor Warren Buffett, one of the contest’s judges, complimented Chung on her “extremely good” presentation during … Read More

Vegetables Bike Racks in New Haven

October 17, 2013Design Phase, Development, Implement

Pulling up on his Specialized Allez bike, Ben Green faced a big decision: Tie up to the stylish squash? The inviting carrots? Or the happy broccoli? The Yale rising senior, a squash man at heart, is the “super intern” in the office of city traffic tsar Jim Travers.In less than ten months he has spearheaded … Read More

Lulu Mickelson: Social Activist and DJ All In One

October 3, 2013DFA Behind the Scenes, Leadership, Profiles

Recently featured on Barnard’s campus online magazine, we get a close look at Lulu Mickelson (’14 Urban Studies. Concentration: American History) What has been your role with Design for America?  After my first year on campus, I was frustrated with the top-down approach to community service most student organizations employed. I felt like undergrads were volunteering … Read More

Thank You Thea & Kayla!

September 6, 2013DFA Behind the Scenes, Profiles

  DFA Fellows, Thea and Kayla have worked tirelessly over the last year to make DFA a better organization and to help students across the US apply design to local and social challenges. As they wrap up their year as Fellows, we wanted to take a moment to say a big THANK YOU for all … Read More

DFA Barnard-Columbia Partners w Gensler to Explore the Future of Higher Ed

September 5, 2013Miscellaneous

How can design improve on-campus life? From this simple question emerged a seven-week intensive design exploration between Barnard+Columbia Design for America and Gensler. Harnessing an entrepreneurial spirit and a desire for good design, four interdisciplinary teams made up of Gensler summer interns and DFA members, produced a diverse range of projects focused on community needs … Read More

Leadership Studio 2013!

August 21, 2013Design Phase, DFA Behind the Scenes, Leadership, Studios

Between Thursday and Monday, DFA opened its doors to the shop down in the Ford Design Center at Northwestern’s McCormick school of Engineering for 45 of our studio leaders from all 17 campuses nationwide. As in Leadership Studios past, the eager students were posed with a design challenge and given four days to apply the … Read More

Educating the Next Generation of Social Impact Designers

August 21, 2013DFA Behind the Scenes, Leadership, Learning

DFA’s Liz Gerber was recently honored to participate in a National Endowment for the Arts webinar: “Universities and design schools are currently an important seat for social impact design training and fieldwork. This webinar will bring together educators and practitioners to discuss strategies for teaching and practicing social impact design. It will delve into the … Read More

Announcing New DFA Studios for 2013!

June 11, 2013DFA Behind the Scenes, Leadership, Studios

Becoming a DFA studio is no easy task. Students must demonstrate interest from a large set of interdisciplinary students, get a faculty advisor on board, start assessing needs in their community by doing at least 5 interviews with strangers off-campus, organize a 2 hour workshop with at least 20 attendees, do a one-month project, make … Read More