What happens at #DFALS17? It’s Endless

June 20, 2017Design, Leadership, Learning, Opportunities

Why attend DFALS17? Grow your studio on campus. Develop your skills as a leader. Practice the design process in interdisciplinary teams. Work with community members to design solutions to social challenges. Make new friends from all over the country. Hear from top social innovators about how they make positive change in their own communities. Unlock … Read More

Celebrating Another Year of Partnership With Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

January 9, 2017Design, Health, Implement, Presentation, Prototype, Studios

DFA teams together at FCA Headquarters with DFA National and Curt Edgar, Michael Angelidis, and Prateek Gupta (DFA MSU’16) from FCA Design for America sponsored projects unite partnering companies and the DFA Network in an effort to address timely social innovation initiatives. Practicing the human-centered design process, DFA students bring fresh perspectives and user insights … Read More

Design for America: Designing for Democracy

August 24, 2016Design, Ideas, Leadership, Prototype, Testing

DFA’s 6th annual national Leadership Studio in August brought together over 110 DFA student leaders with the support of community members, expert guests and DFA Alumni. The five day conference was packed with stories of leading successful DFA studios and ways design can shape students’ futures. The weekend centered around a two-day design innovation sprint that … Read More

DFA Spring 2016 Project Gallery

June 10, 2016Design, Discovery, Presentation, Process, Studios, Uncategorized

This past year, DFA students, mentors, and community members have collaborated to accomplish some truly amazing things through the DFA design innovation process. From educating liver transplant patients about their newly acquired diabetes to diverting clothes and other goods from the landfill, DFAers worked on a huge range of meaningful, local, and scalable projects. Check … Read More

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

January 5, 2016Design, Leadership, Presentation, Studios

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 … Read More

Featured Mentor: Erin Liman

December 6, 2012Design, DFA Behind the Scenes, Learning 2 Comments

Here in DFA, we rely on volunteer mentorship of design and business professionals around the country to support our teams. So we wanted to take a moment to recognize one of those awesome people here on our blog- Erin Liman! Erin Liman is an “Innovation Accelerator,” an entrepreneurially minded problem-solver who is passionate about increasing … Read More

DFA Virginia Tech Promoting Alternative Transportation

November 26, 2012Design, Design Phase, Environment, Opportunities, Prototype, Testing 1 Comment

We had the pleasure of interviewing Michael Kulikowski, a student  founder of the DFA studio at Virginia Tech about a recent project of theirs, the BurgFinder. The BurgFinder is a series of town signs to promote alternative modes of transportation, involving visual cues that use time as a measurement of distance to a particular destination … Read More

DFA at CUSP Conference!

September 29, 2011Design, Northwestern, Presentation

In the words of one attendee, CUSP is inspirational, funny, thought-provoking, eye-opening, informative, inspirational, fascinating, humbling, soothing, shocking, awesome, inspirational, unbelievable, wise, touching, smart, healthy, honest, confusing, inspirational, affirming, creative and just friggin’ amazing. Did I mention inspirational? CUSP gets 300+ smart, energized, creative, inspiring, talented people into a room, get them talking to each … Read More