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Yuka Fukuoka, ’18, Presents Her Thesis Project at the Games for Change Festival

Yuka Fukuoka, ’18, is using virtual reality to help people who stutter navigate social anxiety. And today, she’ll exhibit her work at the 15th annual Games for Change Festival. VRbal, Yuka’s thesis project, is designed to guide those who stutter through the job-seeking process. While preparing for interviews or public speaking events, some people turn…

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Where They Are Now: A Look at Our Alums

It’s the end of another school year, and for this newsletter, we’re focusing not on what goes on inside our program, but on what our graduates are doing out in the world. We have always defined success as more than the number of students who come to get their graduate degree here, but also on…

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Yuka Fukuoka, ’18, Selected as Microsoft US Imagine Cup Finalist

Yuka Fukuoka, ’18, is helping people who stutter overcome their social anxiety with VRbal. On May 5, she’ll compete as a finalist in the Microsoft US Imagine Cup, a competition where student developers solve world challenges. Yuka and her Microsoft teammates developed VRbal to help users who stutter practice for an upcoming presentation. Unlike role-playing…

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Liora Yuklea, ’15, Talks About How DSI Prepared Her For a Career at Google

Liora Yuklea, ’15. Interaction Designer for Google in Tel Aviv. Using the skills she learned at DSI to design at global scale. Apply. DSI.

#WhyDSI: What Happens When an Economist Becomes a Social Designer?

Meet Rhea Rakshit, who came to DSI from the London School of Economics and is now making the fashion industry more sustainable as a social designer. Rhea knows where products come from. That’s her job — to help companies map their supply chains. As the Vice President of Product at Sourcemap, Rhea tracks social, financial…

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Alum Tiffany Gaines’ Lovability Inc. Products Now Sold in Urban Outfitters, Featured on Allure

DSI alum and Lovability Inc. President Tiffany Gaines, ’14, is committed to normalizing conversations around sexual health. And now Urban Outfitters is, too. The retailer will be selling Lovability condoms and lube online and in nine of their flagship stores. Allure recently covered the news, writing that Tiffany “wanted to encourage safer sex by creating…

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#WhyDSI: Because you want a career as a healthcare designer.

From Graphic Designer to Global Health Innovator. David Rojas-Léon is committed to improving healthcare. As a visual designer and lead interaction designer at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai’s Arnhold Institute, David puts humans at the center of his work. His goal is to create a sustainable global health impact for poor communities,…

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With the new Fast Track program, DSI students take their bold ideas into the world

Catalina Cipri, Taylor Sokolowski, Zongliang Shang and Qianshang Chen are launching the first projects to be chosen for the new DSI Fast Track program, and they are using the opportunity to create projects, and businesses, that tackle important issues. This initiative combines the students’ work in their entrepreneurship classes and their involvement in their thesis…

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#WhyDSI: Because you want a career designing better public health.

From Graphic Designer to Design Researcher for Global Public Health. Pragya Mishra met her future employer at a DSI career fair, where she sparked a conversation about public health with Robert Fabricant, co-founder of Dalberg’s Design Impact Group. The next day, Robert offered Pragya an internship. She’s been at DIG for three years now, working…

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#WhyDSI: Because you want a career designing good government.

From Fashion Designer to U.S. Government Digital Service Leader. Laura Kadamus has a background in high fashion: She interned for Marc Jacobs and Proenza Schouler, then worked as an Assistant Designer for Holmes & Yang. After graduating from DSI, Laura switched career paths: She now works for the U.S. Digital Service, a startup at the…

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