#DFALS17 Kicks Off Another Year of Co-designing with Communities

August 15, 2017Leadership, Meetup, Northwestern, Process

From August 3-7, students from every corner of the country–studio leaders, new DFAers, and even prospective DFA studios–gathered for the 7th annual Design for America Leadership Studio. Over 200 students, industry partners,  government officials, faculty mentors, and community members transformed the former Northwestern business school from an atrium and classrooms into design studios, prototyping pods, … Read More

Introducing: New DFA Studios 2017!

July 21, 2017Leadership, New Studio

We are proud to welcome Carnegie Mellon University, University of Vermont, Portland State University, University of St. Thomas, and University of California, Los Angeles to the DFA Network. Stay tuned to see more stories of how these studios have brought the design innovation movement to their campuses – in the meantime, we can’t wait to see … Read More

Leadership Studio 2017 Highlights Urban Accessibility

July 10, 2017Leadership, Learning, Northwestern, Opportunities, Sponsors

Design for America is excited to introduce the 7th annual Leadership Studio! Leadership Studio is the signature, 5-day design sprint and leadership conference designed to prepare innovative student leaders for success in the upcoming year. This year, 100+ students from 35+ universities will come together at Northwestern from August 3-7 to tackle a social challenge … Read More

What happens at #DFALS17? It’s Endless

June 20, 2017Design, Leadership, Learning, Opportunities

Why attend DFALS17? Grow your studio on campus. Develop your skills as a leader. Practice the design process in interdisciplinary teams. Work with community members to design solutions to social challenges. Make new friends from all over the country. Hear from top social innovators about how they make positive change in their own communities. Unlock … Read More

#DFALS17 Registration Now Open!

April 14, 2017Education, Fun, Leadership, Learning

Leadership Studio 2017 is now open for registration! Over 130 students will join DFAlumni, community members, and experts at Northwestern on August 3 – 7 to learn and practice the DFA design process while building empathy and gaining leadership skills. Leadership Studio is a training experience unlike any other. It is a 5-day design sprint … 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

Midwest Meetup 2016

January 9, 2017Fun, Ideas, Leadership, Learning, Meetup, Studios

In mid-November of 2016, DFA students from Case Western, Michigan State, Purdue, UIUC, and WashU gathered with DFA National staff for the third year in a row for Midwest Meetup 2016 – this year at DFA U Cincinnati! DFA U Cincinnati was inspired to host this year’s meetup after a great experience attending last year … Read More

Welcome DFA Tulane!

November 30, 2016Leadership, Learning, Process

The Design for America network is growing with a unique and exciting new addition: DFA Tulane! Students with majors in public health, political and social sciences, and international development along with mentors with deep social innovation expertise have worked hard for the past year to build their organization as they recruited interested students, met with … Read More

Design for America: Designing for Democracy

August 24, 2016Design, Ideas, Leadership, Prototype, Testing

DFA’s 6th annual national Leadership Studio in August brought together over 110 DFA student leaders with the support of community members, expert guests and DFA Alumni. The five day conference was packed with stories of leading successful DFA studios and ways design can shape students’ futures. The weekend centered around a two-day design innovation sprint that … Read More