DFAers Take London to Learn About Improving Quality of Life

November 7, 2017Discovery, Learning, Sponsors

What better way to share how DFA shapes college students into social innovators than by attending Sodexo’s Quality of Life summit in London? Sodexo believes that quality of life is central to a user’s experience in the environments that their company creates. The bi-annual summit held this past October was an international event for people … Read More

Designing for Inclusivity and Access for All at DFALS17

August 16, 2017Accessibility, Discovery, Education, Prototype

DFA’s 7th annual Leadership Studio brought 106 student leaders from 33 different universities together with experts in social design, community members, mentors, and DFAlumni. DFA National has spent the summer learning from the Chicago accessibility community, and #DFALS17 was the perfect opportunity for students from across the country to work together to consider a more … 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

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

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