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

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

#DFALS16: 5 Days of Building Community, Learning Design, and Creating Impact

August 24, 2016Fun, Ideas, Leadership, Learning, Northwestern, Studios, Testing, Uncategorized

On August 11-15th, over 110 DFA students with 50+ majors representing 33 campuses across the country gathered with expert guests, community members, DFA Alumni, and more for the sixth annual DFA National Leadership Studio! Held each year at Northwestern University, DFA Leadership Studio brings together student leaders from across the DFA network to learn and practice … Read More

Introducing Leadership Studio 2016!

July 28, 2016Leadership, Learning, Northwestern, Studios

    Design for America is excited to announce that our sixth annual Leadership Studio is just around the corner: August 11-15! Hosted at Northwestern University, DFA Leadership Studio 2016 is the flagship 5-day training program that will bring together over 110 leaders from 35+ campus studios representing a network of 1,200 college students. Joined … Read More

DFA Spring 2016 Project Gallery

June 10, 2016Design, Discovery, Presentation, Process, Studios, Uncategorized

This past year, DFA students, mentors, and community members have collaborated to accomplish some truly amazing things through the DFA design innovation process. From educating liver transplant patients about their newly acquired diabetes to diverting clothes and other goods from the landfill, DFAers worked on a huge range of meaningful, local, and scalable projects. Check … Read More

Decreasing the Dangers of Distracted or Drowsy Driving with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

January 5, 2016Design, Leadership, Presentation, Studios

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 … Read More

Midwest Meetup 2015

December 2, 2015Fun, Leadership, Studios

Midwest Meetup is an annual, student-organized event that brings together various DFA studios in the midwest. This year, Midwest Meetup 2015 was hosted by Michigan State University and invited 6 schools to come together for a weekend of workshops and events that empower student leaders to make social impact. We at DFA National were amazed … Read More

Design for America Northwestern Goes to China

November 30, 2015Education, Environment, Health, Leadership, Northwestern, Prototype, Studios

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

Tech or Treat

November 5, 2014Design Phase, DFA Behind the Scenes, Studios

Tech or Treat: this hauntingly memorable event for kids of all ages, featured yellow brick road-themed technologies in a family-friendly environment. Virginia Tech students and faculty from a variety of disciplines across campus collaborate to bring this event together. DFA Virginia Tech participated in the schools recent festivities with a few exhibits of their own … Read More