DFAers Take London to Learn About Improving Quality of Life

November 7, 2017Discovery, Learning, Sponsors

What better way to share how DFA shapes college students into social innovators than by attending Sodexo’s Quality of Life summit in London? Sodexo believes that quality of life is central to a user’s experience in the environments that their company creates. The bi-annual summit held this past October was an international event for people … Read More

What Does it Mean to Feel Welcome?

November 2, 2017Alumni

“How can we foster a sense of community? Could design thinking help us create something for students in that intersection point feel welcome and able to develop their communities?” Aaron Wagner asked questions like these as he moved from Seattle to Chicago this past August to take on the task of directing the Northwestern Dining … Read More

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