Design with Compassion at Better World by Design

October 1, 2015Development, Discovery, Presentation

Every year, Design for America is lucky and delighted to run a workshop at Better World by Design – an annual three-day conference hosted by students at Brown University at Rhode Island School of Design. Whether their background is in education, architecture, social policy, design strategy, or ecology, BWxD attendees come together with a common … Read More

SwipeSense Among Top 3 Start Ups of the Year

December 17, 2013Development, Implement, Leadership

The Wall Street Journal start-up of the year competition, which began with 24 startups in June, matches young companies with global business leaders and influencers, and tracks their progress from startup to success over the course of five months. DFA’s SwipeSense aims to reduce hospital-acquired infections, which kill an estimated 90,000 people per year in … Read More

Adobe Sponsors DFA!

December 1, 2013Development, DFA Behind the Scenes, Opportunities

DFA is proud to announce a new sponsorship from Adobe, giving all 400 DFAers a FREE Adobe Creative Cloud account for the year. This is over a $150k value! DFA is excited about this new partnership to equip all of its members with the skills and tools to bring their ideas to life and make an … Read More

Vegetables Bike Racks in New Haven

October 17, 2013Design Phase, Development, Implement

Pulling up on his Specialized Allez bike, Ben Green faced a big decision: Tie up to the stylish squash? The inviting carrots? Or the happy broccoli? The Yale rising senior, a squash man at heart, is the “super intern” in the office of city traffic tsar Jim Travers.In less than ten months he has spearheaded … Read More

DFA UO Improving Communication for Children with Autism

December 14, 2012Design Phase, Development, Discovery, Ideas, Prototype, Testing

We interviewed the DFA Studio at University of Oregon about their project, which focuses on increasing interaction among children with non-verbal autism.  One of their solutions, the Calm Wall, looks at how children with autism can engage in multi-sensory experience through light, touch, and sound, to interact with each other and be better prepared to … Read More

DFA UIUC Featured Ideators on OpenIDEO

September 25, 2012Design Phase, Development, DFA Behind the Scenes, Discovery, Ideas, Opportunities, Process, Testing

RE-POSTING FROM OPENIDEO: As a departure from our usual focus on a single Featured Ideator – this month we’re highlighting a motivated group of students. DFA UIUC stands for Design for America studio at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign – part of the national Design for America network of interdisciplinary student-led design studios. They are a … Read More

DFA Project Pipeline!

December 25, 2011Barnard | Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Design Phase, Development, Discovery, Ideas, Miscellaneous, Northwestern, Presentation, Process, RISD | Brown, Stanford, Studios, U Oregon, UCLA

Well, we just had a whirlwind tour visiting all 8 of our DFA studios! From UCLA to Dartmouth, students are plugging away at tackling the most complex challenges of our time. So what have the teams been up to? 170 students from campuses throughout the country have been hard at work establishing local partnerships and … Read More