Where Will DFA Summer Studio Projects Go Next?

September 8, 2017Accessibility, Health, Summer Studio, Testing

One team member from Project Ascend hands out stickers at Leadership Studio 2017, where many wheelchair users came to speak with students about accessibility. This was a perfect opportunity for the team to get feedback on their sticker prototype. An energetic and committed group of 21 students from Duke, Michigan State University, and Northwestern spent … Read More

Designing for Food Security

May 12, 2017Education, Health, Sponsors, Testing

42.2 million Americans – 1 in 7 households (13%) – are food insecure. Food insecurity is defined as limited or uncertain access to adequate food. Today, food insecurity in America affects families from all walks of life: 6.3 million children under the age of 10 6.8 million young people age 10-17 13.5 million young adults … Read More

Welcome DFA Pitt!

January 24, 2017Fun, Health, Leadership, New Studio, Process

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

DFA and Medline Partner to Innovate Independent Mobility for Older Adults

January 18, 2017Health, Leadership, Opportunities, Presentation, Prototype

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

Celebrating Another Year of Partnership With Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

January 9, 2017Design, Health, Implement, Presentation, Prototype, Studios

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

DFA Team Spotlight: Therapalz

October 14, 2016Health, Ideas, Implement

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

Luna Lights Moving Forward in 2016

April 28, 2016Health, Implement, Northwestern

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

Get motivated to form healthy habits with MOTI

December 15, 2015Health, Implement, Press, Profiles

“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