DFA Vanderbilt is excited to provide updates on our development, projects, event highlights, and accomplishments of a highly successful inaugural year! What began last year as a few students passionate about bringing design to a campus without a traditional design school has developed into a core studio of 20 undergraduate and graduate students and a ‘skills team’ of many other students from across Vanderbilt. Moreover, faculty mentors from across the University including from Vanderbilt’s schools of engineering, education, business and medicine have demonstrated strong support for our passion and vision while our studio projects have allowed us to meet, connect and work with multiple community partners.
“College campus safety is a key issue for local students and their parents. Now, colleges and universities are coming up with high tech solutions, and on one Chicago area campus, students are providing an innovative answer themselves. There’s safety in numbers, they say, but here Northwestern University, some students realized their peers were not heeding that advice. “Five of the past six crime alerts were people walking alone,” said Cassie Coravos, NU student.” Check out GroupWalks full story here and check-out their video feature below!
Greetings from New Haven! It’s been a wild year here at DFA Yale: we’ve grown from five members to thirty, gotten five projects off the ground, and hosted a crazy-awesome weekend of DFA fun at the East Coast Meet-Up.
This fall, we were lucky enough to host fellow DFA rockstars from RISD/Brown, Cornell, Barnard/Columbia and Virginia Tech for the East Coast Meet-Up! Projects were shared, friendships were formed, and mockup-tionary was played for three straight days. It was an incredible experience to see this sprawling, abstract DFA network turn into a real, living community where we can share ideas and get to know each other. Every studio has a different take on the design process, and hearing it reinterpreted in the context of each school changed how many of us look at design.
Starting in September 2011, students already started rolling in wanting to start their own DFA studio. With students from over 60 schools signing up to use design to create local and social impact, we’ve put them through a long and grueling process to choose our new studios for this year. They’ve had to secure interests from students across campus, get faculty involved, interview strangers off-campus, organize a starter workshop, conduct a one-month long design project, put together a video, and top-it off with an interview with our DFA Fellows. This was not your typical application essay and it has NOT been easy. Which is why we are prouder than ever to announce our new studios for this year. They are the 6 college campuses that have proven their commitment and leadership to running a Design for America studio on campus and we are excited to announce them today!! Check them out!
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.
DFA fellows and co-founders Mert Iseri and Yuri Malina have been hard at work developing a solution to the 4th leading cause of death in the United States: hospital-acquired infections, which result in over 90,000 deaths and over $4 billion in costs annually. Their solution is SwipeSense and as of today, they are on their way to saving lives.
It all started last year, when the Jerry the Bear team decided it was time to bring Jerry to life. They took an independent study with Northwestern Professor Michael Peshkin and built a bear that could talk– bringing them one step closer to improving the lives of children with diabetes.