Where Will DFA Summer Studio Projects Go Next?

September 8, 2017Accessibility, Health, Summer Studio, Testing

One team member from Project Ascend hands out stickers at Leadership Studio 2017, where many wheelchair users came to speak with students about accessibility. This was a perfect opportunity for the team to get feedback on their sticker prototype. An energetic and committed group of 21 students from Duke, Michigan State University, and Northwestern spent … Read More

Designing for Inclusivity and Access for All at DFALS17

August 16, 2017Accessibility, Discovery, Education, Prototype

DFA’s 7th annual Leadership Studio brought 106 student leaders from 33 different universities together with experts in social design, community members, mentors, and DFAlumni. DFA National has spent the summer learning from the Chicago accessibility community, and #DFALS17 was the perfect opportunity for students from across the country to work together to consider a more … Read More

#DFALS17 Kicks Off Another Year of Co-designing with Communities

August 15, 2017Leadership, Meetup, Northwestern, Process

From August 3-7, students from every corner of the country–studio leaders, new DFAers, and even prospective DFA studios–gathered for the 7th annual Design for America Leadership Studio. Over 200 students, industry partners,  government officials, faculty mentors, and community members transformed the former Northwestern business school from an atrium and classrooms into design studios, prototyping pods, … Read More

Welcoming New DFA Fellows 2017!

July 26, 2017DFA Behind the Scenes, MSU, Profiles, Rice

DFA National is excited to introduce our two new wonderful Fellows joining us for 2017-2018! Design for America Fellows empower a network of 1300+ innovative DFAers to create social impact with their local communities while developing and delivered human-centered design education to 37 campus studios. Please join us in welcoming Ken and Geneva! Ken Hunter Bachelor’s of Fine Arts and … Read More

Introducing: New DFA Studios 2017!

July 21, 2017Leadership, New Studio

We are proud to welcome Carnegie Mellon University, University of Vermont, Portland State University, University of St. Thomas, and University of California, Los Angeles to the DFA Network. Stay tuned to see more stories of how these studios have brought the design innovation movement to their campuses – in the meantime, we can’t wait to see … Read More

Leadership Studio 2017 Highlights Urban Accessibility

July 10, 2017Leadership, Learning, Northwestern, Opportunities, Sponsors

Design for America is excited to introduce the 7th annual Leadership Studio! Leadership Studio is the signature, 5-day design sprint and leadership conference designed to prepare innovative student leaders for success in the upcoming year. This year, 100+ students from 35+ universities will come together at Northwestern from August 3-7 to tackle a social challenge … Read More

Welcoming Interns for Summer 2017!

June 22, 2017DFA Behind the Scenes, Learning, Profiles, Purdue, U Illinois

Say hello to 3 exceptional additions to the DFA team for the summer! DFA Interns will spend all summer practicing human-centered design at the organization level, supporting national design education programs, and growing their DFAmily network. We are so excited for them to gain experience planning and executing our annual large-scale design and leadership event … Read More