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
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
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
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.
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 Faculty Founder- Liz Gerber recently wrote a great article for US News and World Report, STEM Students Must be Taught to Fail. Check out the re-posting here! Within minutes of losing the presidential election, the Republican party was back on its feet, and preparing for the 2014 election cycle. In that way they were … Read More
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
by Christy Lewis, NU ’13 “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” ― Benjamin Franklin No matter how many times you explain the design process to someone, it is nearly impossible to understand without having gone through the process yourself. Nothing can better prepare our new studio … Read More
The Dartmouth DFA team started off looking at the local veteran’s hospital, hoping to use the design process to help solve challenges there. Soon, they began talking to student veterans at Dartmouth to gain a better perspective on veterans’ issues, and discovered a problem that had nothing to do with the hospital.
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