DFA Spring 2016 Project Gallery

June 10, 2016By adminDesign, 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

2015’s Strategic Journey with XPLANE

December 28, 2015By Allison ChenDFA Behind the Scenes, Leadership, Process

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 … Read More

Promoting Biking in New Haven

April 23, 2015By MediaInternDFA Behind the Scenes, Process, Profiles, Prototype, Testing

The cozy, communal streets of New Haven have been amped up thanks to Yale University DFAers. Douglas Wong, Joel Sher and Cameron Yick have been creating “ArtRacks” to enhance the New Haven society. Their project showcases non-traditional, custom bike racks to bring attention to the importance of health, community and positive impact.

Tinker Turf Encouraging Children to Learn and Play

March 1, 2013By MediaInternDesign Phase, DFA Behind the Scenes, Fun, Ideas, Implement, Presentation, Process, Summer Studio

Tinker Turf, a DFA Northwestern summer studio project from 2011, has been implemented by the Chicago Children’s Museum! Read more about the project and the team’s design process! How did you guys get started with the project? Our team was brought together through the 2011 DFA Summer Studio to partner and work with the Chicago … Read More

Fruit Buddi Pushes on to Help Prevent Childhood Obesity

December 27, 2012By MediaInternDesign Phase, Discovery, Health, Opportunities, Process, Prototype, Testing

We interviewed the DFA team at Northwestern University about their project, Fruit Buddi, which works to deal with the issue of childhood obesity and promote healthier food choices. Read about the various obstacles, challenges, and successes that Fruit Buddi has come to face as it has matured and been continued through the design process.

DFA UIUC Featured Ideators on OpenIDEO

September 25, 2012By saminDesign 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