Anna Lehner of Medline Industries shared a reflection on the value of connecting students with her company to design for independent mobility last fall. Here’s what she had to say: “As a former product manager I know the focus of day to day projects can blur the future of a product line. Along with providing constant … Read More
This past fall, DFA students, mentors, and community members have collaborated on 160 meaningful, local, and social projects. Check out 2016 highlights of the DFA network below!
Design for America would like to welcome our newest studio, DFA Pitt, to the DFAmily! Inspired by his step-brother Zach, DFA U Maryland Co-founder, Pitt sophomore Raanan Gurewitsch rallied a group of students from all across the university to start a DFA studio. Housed within the Innovation Institute at the University of Pittsburgh, DFA Pitt … Read More
Design for America partnered to tackle mobility problems among older adults with Medline Industries, the largest privately owned medical manufacturing company in the US. Excited about the social innovations they could design for the elderly community, DFA teams from across the country gathered at Medline Headquarters in Northfield, IL to present solutions that tackle mobility … Read More
DFA teams together at FCA Headquarters with DFA National and Curt Edgar, Michael Angelidis, and Prateek Gupta (DFA MSU’16) from FCA Design for America sponsored projects unite partnering companies and the DFA Network in an effort to address timely social innovation initiatives. Practicing the human-centered design process, DFA students bring fresh perspectives and user insights … Read More
Throughout the summer 2016, two University of Illinois Urbana Champaign (UIUC) students worked full time at a campus accelerator building their DFA project as a business venture. Together, Isak Massman (‘18 Business) and Fiona Kalensky (‘18 Systems Engineering & Design), are expanding Therapalz: therapeutic robotic animals for people suffering from Alzheimer’s and Dementia. In the … Read More
2015 was a great year for Luna Lights! The DFA Northwestern project turned health startup participated in the Healthbox Accelerator, where they fleshed out their business model and developed their lighting design and cloud-based data analytics. The mission of Luna Lights is to prevent and reduce nighttime falls in the older adult population. According to … Read More
“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 … Read More
In July 2015, DFA Northwestern members launched the first annual Jiang China Human-Centered Design Challenge. Created by DFA Northwestern student Jenny Wang and alumna Cassie Coravos, the Jiang China HCD Challenge is a two-week design crash course for Chinese college students who want to make a positive social impact. After developing the program over one … 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.