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DSI Alum Swar Raisinghani is Creating Better Patient-Centered Healthcare Systems

Swar Raisinghani, a graduate of DSI’s Class of ’15, is a Service Designer at the New York office of the global design and innovation consultancy Veryday, originally founded in Sweden almost 30 years ago. At Veryday, Swar is working to design a support service experience for patients with Alzheimer’s, a long-term and complex project.

DSI Alum Rhea Rakshit is Making Fashion Transparent

Rhea Rakshit, Class of ’15, is talking about Project JUST, a recently launched online platform that allows shoppers to know how ethical their favorite fashion brands’ supply chain practices are.

DSI Student Emily Herrick: A Beginner’s Guide to More Meaningful Infographics

I love infographics. They are valuable tools in both the public and private sector. But often, through my internet wanderings, I come across an infographic that seems a little off. Instead of helping me consume data in a meaningful way, it leaves me feeling confused.

Technologies For Designing Change

The class of 2017 has come a long way since January, when we were given an Arduino in our Technologies For Designing Change class. Even though many of us had never seen an Arduino, or even heard of it, we were told that by the end of the semester we would create a solution to a social issue using one.

DSI Students Test Their Games for Impact

For the past few weeks, we’ve been creating street games as part of our Games for Impact design class. The topics ranged from Hijab’s, the Syrian refugee crisis, voting in America and exploring New York to kids with immobility. Many of our games took advantage of the public parks and cityscape in New York, but others also used the facilities at DSI.

DSI Alum Sebastian Barrera Integrates Design Into Development Organizations Around the World

Sebastian Barrera (class of ’14) came to DSI with two questions: What is the role of design in the public sector, humanitarian aid, and philanthropy? And how can I help integrate and validate design practice in these contexts? Through DSI and its network Sebastian is now a designer at the Design Impact Group (DIG) at…

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A Quick Guide (and a New App) to the Latest Social Innovations

The students of DSI illustrated the promise of design for social innovation in their presentations. Here’s a closer look at four of the projects with descriptions by the designers themselves, as well as a new app that features the work of all of this year's graduating DSI students.

Congratulations to the Class of 2016

Congratulations and godspeed to the DSI Class of 2016.

DSI Alum Pragya Mishra is Putting Design to Work in Healthcare

Pragya Mishra met her future employer at a DSI career fair, where she sparked a discussion about public health - the subject area of her DSI thesis - with Robert Fabricant, co-founder of Dalberg’s Design Impact Group (DIG).

Jane’s Walk: The Future Sea Level in Lower Manhattan

Have you ever heard about Jane Jacobs? I recently learned that her efforts as an activist were key in saving Washington Square Park and surrounding areas from being overtaken by the proposed Lower Manhattan Expressway. 2016 marks her 100th birthday and it was the perfect occasion to celebrate her life and accomplishments. From May 6th to 8th the Municipal Art Society of New York (MAS) joined other 180 cities to hold the festival Jane’s Walk. New Yorkers of all ages and interests were able to join more than 200 walking tours to learn more about their city’s history.

136 W 21st St,
5th Fl.
New York, NY 10011
(212) 592–2205