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Grace Kwon (‘20) on Finding Purpose in Design

Strategist and DSI faculty-at-large Grace Kwon (‘20) started out training in traditional visual communications design back home in South Korea. However, she’s always known that it wasn’t her true calling. Even in her undergraduate life, she packed in as many entrepreneurship classes as she could due to her desire to be closer to people and…

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Welcoming New Faculty Part. 2: Fall 2020

Our 2020 faculty continues to grow as we move into the new semester! This time, we are welcoming design strategist Sasha Charlemagne as a visiting professor, and welcoming back our own Grace Kwon, who graduated from DSI in June 2020. The two will be co-teaching our Metrics and Data Visualization course for second years. In…

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Untangling Philanthropy

Untangling Philanthropy Grace Kang and Grace Kwon Disrupting power dynamics in philanthropy by challenging funders to cultivate collaborative partnerships with their grantees and ground relationships in trust.

Mapping Disability with CIDNY

Back in March 2020, DSI students Grace Kwon, Xuan Cheng, Vanessa Yip, and Janvi Ghatalia partnered with CIDNY to workshop the process of improving public transportation services by identifying the needs of those with both visible and invisible disabilities. CIDNY (or the Center for Independence of the Disabled, New York) is a nonprofit organization that…

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DSI Thesis Show 2020

Welcome! To the DSI Thesis Show This year for our annual thesis show, we are trying something new in response to the global circumstances. We wanted to give our thesis students a professional platform to celebrate their work in a more communal and conversational environment, and will be hosting thematic panels that will allow them…

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SAVE THE DATES: Thesis Show 2020!

This year, our DSI graduates have once again developed ground-breaking projects that challenge and address social and systemic problems out in the world. Their extensive work has begun to prepare them for rewarding careers as designers and creative leaders. In response to unexpected global challenges, our thesis students and faculty have stepped up in bold,…

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Story Of/ Workshop

DSI students Tara Maurice (‘20), Xuan Cheng (‘20), Ryana Bryan (‘20), and Grace Kwon (‘20) kick-started December by attending MFA Visual Narrative’s annual Story Of/ Workshop. This hackathon-style workshop challenged attendees to put storytelling first. Given the theme “Full Circle”, participants were encouraged to investigate experimental structures and explore new frameworks of thinking than they…

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Fall 2019 Kick Off

Welcome back, DSI! These past few weeks, first and second year students have been busy with Bootcamp, an introduction to Fast Track, and the first Global Guest Lecture. Students were welcomed with Bootcamp, a two-day orientation of sorts for new and returning students. First years started with an inspiring workshop on design futures with faculty…

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Tiffany Gaines, ’14, graduated from NYU with a degree in Social Entrepreneurship, but she felt she was missing design. While at DSI, she got a job through the program working as a consultant for Hyatt Hotels, helping them reimagine the hotel experience. Her thesis project has become her life. Lovability, Inc. designs products to promote…

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