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

DFA Receives Dell Social Innovation Award

April 23, 2013Leadership, Press

  The Dell Social Innovation Challenge (DSIC) identifies and supports promising young social innovators who dedicate themselves to solving the world’s most pressing problems with their transformative ideas. We provide university students with world-class teaching and training, as well as with start-up capital and access to a network of mentors and advisors. This year, DFA is honored … Read More

DFA Wins Ashoka U Cordes Innovation Award

March 14, 2013DFA Behind the Scenes

Design for America had the honor of winning an Ashoka U Cordes Innovation Award this year! As Ashoka states, the award goes to innovative programs, practices, or models on university settings that focus on creating or advancing positive entrepreneurial, social, or environmental impact of various forms. Such a program should have a track record of … Read More

Jerry the Bear: The Full Story

March 11, 2013Design Phase, DFA Behind the Scenes, Profiles, Testing

Bringing Jerry the Bear to life has been a long and winding journey. Check out Aaron Horowitz and Hannah Chung’s recent presentation at Northwestern University where they share the FULL story of how they got Jerry the Bear started. Full of great stories from hip surgery to factory visits in China, bear suites, and bowling … Read More

Tinker Turf Encouraging Children to Learn and Play

March 1, 2013Design Phase, DFA Behind the Scenes, Fun, Ideas, Implement, Presentation, Process, Summer Studio

Tinker Turf, a DFA Northwestern summer studio project from 2011, has been implemented by the Chicago Children’s Museum! Read more about the project and the team’s design process! How did you guys get started with the project? Our team was brought together through the 2011 DFA Summer Studio to partner and work with the Chicago … Read More

Featured Mentor: Brian Maggi

February 28, 2013DFA Behind the Scenes, Leadership, Profiles

Design for America does its best to use good design to find solutions to real world issues. Our student teams and community members work together to create this kind of local and social impact, and this includes getting help from professionals in the field. Here, we’ve interviewed Brian Maggi, a DFA Anchor for Northwestern University, who … Read More