DFA Recognized in Core77 Awards!

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DFA is proud to announce that we have been recognized by the Core77 awards! As the first runner-up in the Education category, we are incredibly honored to be listed among such a fantastic group of leaders in design and education.

Announcing New Studios for 2014!

With an ever-toughening application process, 73 schools from around the country applied to be a DFA studio in our most competitive application year to date. After establishing a community, selecting a project topic, and flying a DFA team member out to campus to lead an introductory design-thinking workshop,  ten schools made it into the final round. After rigorous and intense interviews to assess leadership, commitment, and campus fit, DFA is proud to announce that the follow four schools are the newest studios in the DFA network! Learn about their campus and watch their application project videos below.

SwipeSense raises $1.7M for connected hand hygiene dispensers in hospitals

Evanston, Illinois-based SwipeSense, which is developing a smart hand hygiene sensor, raised $1.7 million, according to an SEC filing. This brings the company’s total funding to at least $2.5 million to date.

SwipeSense is a graduate of the accelerator Healthbox’s first class, which was announced in December 2011. Healthbox helped fund SwipeSense’s first round.

Its Always Bigger in Texas: The “Big D” Review


(students finished the event with a pitch of their solution)

 This past weekend, DFA Rice held an open school event appropriately named, The Big D(esign Challenge) that introduced over 40 students, faculty, and community members to DFA, human-centered design, and Arthrogryposis. The massively successful event was the first of its kind from this new studio. Check out all the photos here! It awarded top students in 6 areas as well as a $100 cash prize to the best in show.

DFA Baltimore meets Lexington Market!

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“Imagine that something better could be here, other than the things that are typically here…” Brian Greenan, Baltimore City Mayor’s Office

DFA Baltimore’s Lexington Market team took to the streets with chalk, a camera, and an empathetic mindset as part of their work on transforming the historic Lexington Market. A historic landmark that been a part of Baltimore for over 200 years, recently the reputation of the market has taken a hit. Drugs and crime have increased outside the market and the perception of the area is arguably having a bigger economic effect then the crime itself. Vendors are losing business and many groups are trying to find ways to bring the market back to its place of prominence within the neighborhood and the city.

Asking, “How can we promote safe loitering around Lexington Market?” the DFA team created an opportunity for patrons to share their stories with the public. The team set up on the street just outside the market and asked people to draw their stories on the ground. The team found “[a] lot of the market goers carry a lot of weight in things that have happened to them in their lives and I think that they are really looking for a space that can help them get that grief out to have someone hear their story and hear what they have to say.” It was an amazing afternoon of collecting stories, sharing ideas, and it got the attention of the Baltimore Mayor’s office. The team has been invited to present their work to the mayor and leaders from a variety of Baltimore city departments. Stay tuned for updates!

Do you have any ideas on how your team can use cheap materials to quickly start a conversation with your community? Comment below.

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