2015’s Strategic Journey with XPLANE

December 28, 2015DFA Behind the Scenes, Leadership, Process

This year, Design for America has been lucky enough to work with XPLANE, a strategic design consultancy in Portland that applies human-centered design principles to drive organizational performance. One of our wonderful alumni Sara Mesing, who co-founded the Case Western Reserve|Cleveland Institute of Art Design for America studio, currently works for XPLANE. In January, Sara … Read More

Design for America Partners with Venture for America!

December 18, 2015DFA Behind the Scenes

We’re proud to announce our partnership with Venture for America, a program that recruits and trains recent college grads to join startups in emerging cities across the country. For many driven DFA students, this is a natural next step to continued learning and hands-on experience in the community. The application process for the Fellowship has … Read More

Get motivated to form healthy habits with MOTI

December 15, 2015Health, Implement, Press, Profiles

“It wasn’t like, ‘I have this idea’, but rather, ‘I have a problem I want to solve’. How do we help people build better habits?” MOTI is a startup founded by former DFA Fellow and Student Kayla Matheus. The product is a smart companion that helps you build healthy habits, and has been featured in … Read More

Midwest Meetup 2015

December 2, 2015Fun, Leadership, Studios

Midwest Meetup is an annual, student-organized event that brings together various DFA studios in the midwest. This year, Midwest Meetup 2015 was hosted by Michigan State University and invited 6 schools to come together for a weekend of workshops and events that empower student leaders to make social impact. We at DFA National were amazed … Read More

Design for America Northwestern Goes to China

November 30, 2015Education, Environment, Health, Leadership, Northwestern, Prototype, Studios

In July 2015, DFA Northwestern members launched the first annual Jiang China Human-Centered Design Challenge. Created by DFA Northwestern student Jenny Wang and alumna Cassie Coravos, the Jiang China HCD Challenge is a two-week design crash course for Chinese college students who want to make a positive social impact. After developing the program over one … Read More

Design with Compassion at Better World by Design

October 1, 2015Development, Discovery, Presentation

Every year, Design for America is lucky and delighted to run a workshop at Better World by Design – an annual three-day conference hosted by students at Brown University at Rhode Island School of Design. Whether their background is in education, architecture, social policy, design strategy, or ecology, BWxD attendees come together with a common … Read More

Farewell to Fellows 2015

August 26, 2015DFA Behind the Scenes, Profiles

Thank you Sarah, Julian, and Brandon! This past year, we’ve had the pleasure of working with DFA Fellows Julian, Sarah, and Brandon to mentor student innovators across the country in applying human-centered design to local and social challenges. As they wrap up their time at DFA and move on to exciting new adventures, we’d like … Read More

Leadership Studio 2015!

August 17, 2015Leadership, Learning

Last weekend, we invited over 90 DFAers from 28 studios across the country to participate in our 5th annual Design for America Leadership Studio! Hosted at Northwestern University, Leadership Studio is a conference that fosters design and leadership skills in DFA student leaders. Over the course of four days, students worked together in interdisciplinary teams … Read More