Some of the many challenges we discussed and explored before choosing a final topic for Leadership Studio. How do we choose the right challenge for the annual Leadership Studio design sprint? Choosing and scoping the LS project topic is a rigorous process that begins months before the event in August. The DFA National team first … Read More
APPLICATIONS FOR DFA IMPACT GRANTS ARE NOW OPEN! DFA is excited to offer DFA Impact Grants to support DFA studios and projects in their quest to build community, create social impact, and improve their problem solving capacity. Our hope is that financial barriers are eliminated and all DFA members have what they need to make an … Read More
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 … Read More
A big congratulations to the Fishes and Loaves team from the Yale studio who is partnering with the Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry and Clothing Closet. The collaboration just won $20,000 to put toward the redesign of their donation service! Going into the new year, the team is looking forward to implementing as “things always get … Read More
Five teams from around the country just returned from a trip of the year, presenting at the headquarters of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Tasked with designing for those with disabilities, these teams met the challenge and shared innovative ideas with top executives within Chrysler’s Tech Plaza. Learn about some of their work below!
Tech or Treat: this hauntingly memorable event for kids of all ages, featured yellow brick road-themed technologies in a family-friendly environment. Virginia Tech students and faculty from a variety of disciplines across campus collaborate to bring this event together. DFA Virginia Tech participated in the schools recent festivities with a few exhibits of their own … Read More
Following the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, DFA students at Barnard|Columbia wanted to target an area that had been severely affected by the storm. Thus, they partnered with Gensler and the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance (RWA) to design the physical and programmatic plans for a community center in the Far Rockaway’s area. The summer culminated with the … Read More
Healthbox announced its collaboration with HCSC (Health Care Service Corporation) and five leading hospitals and health systems—Advocate Health Care, Ascension, Community Health Network, Edward-Elmhurst Healthcare and Ridgeview Medical Center—for its third Chicago accelerator. Eight companies have been carefully selected for the program by this collaborative group of healthcare industry organizations by demonstrating not only their … Read More
Over 70 DFAers from all 21 studios spent four intense days in the Ford Design Center at Northwestern’s McCormick School of Engineering for the 4th annual Leadership Studio sponsored by 3M! The long weekend had three major themes to learn about human-centered design as applied to those affected by breast cancer, the design of their studio, and the … Read More
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.