DFA Project Gallery 2015

In Fall 2015, DFAers across the country worked on meaningful, local, and scalable projects that ranged from inspiring low-income middle students to pursue their interests to combating loneliness in the elderly community. Overall we had:

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Check out the full range of work on our project gallery on facebook and read more about the inspirational works in progress below:

Welcome Rebecca Breuer, Our New Senior Director!

Rebecca taking an office selfie with Rob, CC, Stacy, and Allison

Rebecca taking an office selfie with Rob, CC, Stacy, and Allison

Kellogg alum, fundraiser, pragmatic strategist and food-lover, Rebecca Breuer, joined our award-winning network of studios January 11th, bringing with her over 25 years of experience.

As our organization enters a new stage, Rebecca will lead our national network of 9000+ members, mentors, partners, and fans at 29 university-based studios to strengthen and expand the impact of DFA locally and nationally.

Pair Eyewear Wraps Up Startup Incubator ‘Cardinal Ventures’ at DFA Stanford

Today, about 1 in 10 pre-schoolers already have vision problems that will affect their ability to learn. However, at this young age most children don’t know what glasses do or that they have poor eyesight. A team of DFA students at Stanford have made it their mission to make the eyesight experience delightful for children through their startup – Pair Eyewear.


Batman-loving kids at the San Mateo Maker Faire in Spring 2015

Decreasing the Dangers of Distracted or Drowsy Driving with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles



Smiles! Group shot at the Walter P. Chrysler Musem with DFA MSU, NYU, Northwestern, and Case Western Reserve University (Duke not pictured), DFA National Field Coordinator Rob, DFA National Fellow CC, and wonderful supporter of DFA-FCA partnership Marilyn Vala

This fall, Design for America and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles partnered for a third year in a row to tackle reducing the dangers of distracted or drowsy driving! Five interdisciplinary teams from Michigan State University, NYU, Duke, Northwestern, and Case Western Reserve University worked to design solutions focusing on keeping teen drivers and shift workers safe and engaged on the road. On December 9th 2015, teams traveled to the headquarters of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to present their nine-week project.

2015’s Strategic Journey with XPLANE

XPLANE cover photo

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 pitched DFA to be selected as XPLANE’s social good client for 2015, and we have been working together ever since.

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