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

DFA Wins Online Learning Proposal

March 26, 2012By saminDFA Behind the Scenes, Process 1 Comment

Months and months of work came down to a mere ten minutes in one of the most beautiful museums in the country.  Daniel Rees and Jonathan Lesser had just a few minutes to convince the panel of judges at the California Academy of Sciences that their proposal was worthy of winning Mozilla’s Digital Media Learning … Read More