Girls Driving for a Difference

December 11, 2014DFA Behind the Scenes, Leadership, Profiles

On October 24th, 2014, Jenna and Katie spent the day in San Francisco coaching design and maker workshops for elementary school students. While driving back to Stanford campus later that night, they could not have felt more physically exhausted but intellectually awake and inspired. It was on this drive home, ironically enough, where they began … Read More

Improving Driving for those with Disabilities

December 4, 2014Design Phase, Presentation

Five teams from around the country just returned from a trip of the year, presenting at the headquarters of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Tasked with designing for those with disabilities, these teams met the challenge and shared innovative ideas with top executives within Chrysler’s Tech Plaza. Learn about some of their work below!

Midwest Meetup 2014

November 10, 2014DFA Behind the Scenes, Leadership

DFA’s Northwestern Studio, supported by The Barry and Mary Ann MacLean Fund for Art & Engineering,  hosted Midwest Meetup 2014! It was a weekend-long exchange between Design for America student representatives from the Northwestern, UIUC, Michigan State and Case/CIA studios!

Adobe Sponsors DFA for the Second Year!

November 10, 2014Miscellaneous

DFA is proud to announce that Adobe is yet again giving all 500+ DFAers a FREE Adobe Creative Cloud account for the year. This is over a $150k value! DFA is excited to renew this new partnership to equip all of its members with the skills and tools to bring their ideas to life and make … Read More

Cornell Prototypes its Own DFA Fellow

November 9, 2014Profiles

This year, DFA is prototyping a new growth model: hosting a DFA Fellow sponsored by Cornell.  Since August, DFA Fellow, Sarah Kurland has been working out of Cornell for both DFA and the office of Engaged Learning + Research (EL+R). Last month, Cornell launched a $150m initiative for the next 10 years called Engaged Cornell, so we thought … Read More

Tech or Treat

November 5, 2014Design Phase, DFA Behind the Scenes, Studios

Tech or Treat: this hauntingly memorable event for kids of all ages, featured yellow brick road-themed technologies in a family-friendly environment. Virginia Tech students and faculty from a variety of disciplines across campus collaborate to bring this event together. DFA Virginia Tech participated in the schools recent festivities with a few exhibits of their own … Read More

DFA’s Luna Lights at Healthbox!

September 17, 2014Design Phase, Implement, Profiles

Healthbox announced its collaboration with HCSC (Health Care Service Corporation) and five leading hospitals and health systems—Advocate Health Care, Ascension, Community Health Network, Edward-Elmhurst Healthcare and Ridgeview Medical Center—for its third Chicago accelerator. Eight companies have been carefully selected for the program by this collaborative group of healthcare industry organizations by demonstrating not only their … Read More

A Designer’s Perspective on “Choosing the Best Legal Structure for Your Impact Business”

September 14, 2014DFA Behind the Scenes, Implement, Learning

A couple weeks ago a few of us DFA Fellows attended the Impact Engine’s “Choosing the Best Legal Structure for Your Impact Business.” I originally signed up for the event in preparation for a year ahead helping DFA projects continue and implement, positively impacting their intended users and stakeholders. I ended up leaving with my … Read More