This fall, Design for America and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles partnered for a third year in a row to tackle reducing the dangers of distracted or drowsy driving! Five interdisciplinary teams from Michigan State University, NYU, Duke, Northwestern, and Case Western Reserve University worked to design solutions focusing on keeping teen drivers and shift workers safe and engaged on the road. On December 9th 2015, teams traveled to the headquarters of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to present their nine-week project.
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 passion for social impact.
After being developed at Northwestern University, Jerry the Bear has enjoyed quite a journey.
He has won business competitions, met Warren Buffett, helped deliver a TEDx talk, and has improved the lives of countless children who have Type-1 diabetes. Now he can add another milestone to his ever-growing resume: yesterday Jerry the Bear visited President Barack Obama as part of the first-ever White House Demo Day.
Along with receiving a DFA Impact Grant, the DFA Yale project Illumiloon made a name for itself as part of the South By Southwest Festival (SXSW) in Austin, TX this year by partnering with the Field Innovation Team (FIT).
Tom’s Guide coverage of SXSW said, “The Illumiloon from Yale University was one of the simplest but potentially most useful robots on display.”
After being approached by natural disaster innovator, Desiree Matel Anderson, Design for America challenged their national network to find solutions to local natural disasters. Responding to this call and their personal experiences with hurricane Sandy, Illumiloon was born.
The team created Illumiloon to be used as a method of communication during natural disasters when other methods of communication fail. These self-inflating, helium-filled balloons would be attached to the homes of disaster victims and can be customized with color-coded tags to signal different needs – such as food, water, or medical attention.
Five teams from around the country just returned from a trip of the year, presenting at the headquarters of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Tasked with designing for those with disabilities, these teams met the challenge and shared innovative ideas with top executives within Chrysler’s Tech Plaza. Learn about some of their work below!
Following the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, DFA students at Barnard|Columbia wanted to target an area that had been severely affected by the storm. Thus, they partnered with Gensler and the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance (RWA) to design the physical and programmatic plans for a community center in the Far Rockaway’s area. The summer culminated with the development of seven designs that were presented to the community as options for the renewal of a firehouse that could serve as the center.
This past fall, DFA embarked on a sponsored project with Chrysler Group LLC investigating driver independence for older adults through the lenses of: navigation, alerts & warnings, and staying connected.
Hello from the Design for America Alumni Network!
Last week, we partnered with incubator + co-working space PARISOMA to host the first-ever Creators’ Exchange! DFA teams from UC Davis and UC Berkeley, along with alumni and professionals/mentors, congregated in the heart of San Francisco for a day of idea exchanging, collaboration, and conversation.