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.

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

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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.

Design for America Partners with Venture for America!

We’re proud to announce our partnership with Venture for America, a program that recruits and trains recent college grads to join startups in emerging cities across the country. For many driven DFA students, this is a natural next step to continued learning and hands-on experience in the community. The application process for the Fellowship has three parts, starting with a written application and Skype interview. As part of this partnership, Venture for America has generously offered automatic advancement to the second stage of their competitive interview process for any DFAer who completes an application before the next deadline (February 1st).

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Get motivated to form healthy habits with MOTI

“It wasn’t like, ‘I have this idea’, but rather, ‘I have a problem I want to solve’. How do we help people build better habits?”

MOTI is a startup founded by former DFA Fellow and Student Kayla Matheus. The product is a smart companion that helps you build healthy habits, and has been featured in Product Hunt and The Huffington Post. Mia Manavalan, a current DFA Northwestern Team Lead, interviewed Kayla and wrote the following article about her design process:

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Midwest Meetup 2015

Midwest Meetup is an annual, student-organized event that brings together various DFA studios in the midwest. This year, Midwest Meetup 2015 was hosted by Michigan State University and invited 6 schools to come together for a weekend of workshops and events that empower student leaders to make social impact. We at DFA National were amazed by the event! DFA MSU Studio Lead Evan Fried wrote the following reflection about the awesome meetup:

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Design for Social Innovation Announces Scholarship for DFA

MFA Design for Social Innovation (DSI) at SVA is pleased to announce a scholarship exclusively for a member from Design for America!

In their own words – “DSI is the first MFA program in Social Impact Design for anyone who wants to lead change in business, government, as entrepreneurs and the social sector. We work at a systems level, at human scale. If you want a better future, come design it.”

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Adobe Sponsors DFA For the 3rd Year!



DFA is proud to announce sponsorship from Adobe for the third year in a row, giving hundreds of DFAers in our network a FREE Adobe Creative Cloud account for the year. DFA is very excited about renewing this sponsorship to equip our members with the skills and tools to bring their ideas to life and make an impact.

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