Philanthropy takes a creative form in Design for America UIUC. Connected to a national organization, the University’s chapter of DFA, a registered student organization, wants to make a difference in the Champaign-Urbana community through human-centered design.
“It’s not just an RSO or putting something on our resume;
As Design For America has expanded over the past 5 years, national has had most of the responsibility of coordinating schools and creating connections between studios. Now, DFA is organizing its first ever Student Council in an effort to increase dialogue between studios and with national. On February 1st, student representatives from Northwestern, Rice, Barnard/Columbia, Vanderbilt, UIUC, Davis, and Virginia Tech called in
Design for America (DFA) is a national nonprofit organization that grew out of Northwestern University in 2009. The mission of DFA is to educate students about the design process, and apply design problem-solving to social change initiatives. During her MBA program at Case Western, Sara Mesing, business development manager at XPLANE, launched a DFA Studio, and as a result was invited back to speak at the annual DFA Summer Leadership Conference. While there, she was tapped for imagining what a DFA Alumni Network might look like.
This past fall, DFA embarked on a sponsored project with Chrysler Group LLC investigating driver independence for older adults through the lenses of: navigation, alerts & warnings, and staying connected.
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By DFA RISD|Brown Alumna Annie Wu
Most people are still, unfortunately, mystified by design and designers. Among the most egregious misconceptions: that our profession is defined solely by aesthetics and decoration; that practitioners tend to be “moody, erratic, eccentric, and arrogant;” and that we even require specific management methods to function properly in organizations. Too often these misconceptions and more lead to design being confined to a frivolous box that separates us from other fields and limits the scope of our impact.