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Welcome, Wenfei and Esther!

We are excited to welcome an additional two faculty for the upcoming school year: Wenfei Xu (left) and Esther Y. Kang (right). Wenfei is an urban planner, data scientist, and designer whose research uses data-driven methods to understand the geographies of urban inequality. Her current project investigates the impacts and legacies of redlining in American…

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Welcome, Emily and Edwina!

We are pleased to welcome two new faculty for the upcoming school year: Emily Herrick (left) and Edwina Portocarrero (right). Emily Herrick is a DSI alum and design strategist who currently works at the Service Design Studio at the Mayor’s Office for Economic Opportunity, where she collaborates with city agencies to improve public services with an eye towards inclusivity, accessibility, and…

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Alumni Update: Mayu Inoue ’18

DSI alumni work around the world on an array of social issues. Mayu Inoue, ’18, joined the design company TWOPLATOON after graduation and has been there ever since. At TWOPLATOON, Mayu says she is able to make full use of all the skills she developed at DSI. Mayu has also started her own branding/design business…

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Faculty Prototypes Game for Impact With Alumni

Faculty member Nicholas Fortugno recently conducted game testing with alumni of the program at the DSI space. Students were players an immersive prototype exploring social behaviors, game mechanics and peer dynamics. After, they reflected on the game and provided feedback on the user experience. This provocative game is being developed by Nick and his team…

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Miya Osaki, Mari Nakano, and Lee-Sean Huang Participate in the 10th Anniversary Winterhouse Forum

Chair Miya Osaki and faculty Mari Nakano and Lee-Sean Huang all participated in last week’s 10th Anniversary Winterhouse Forum at the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum. They toured the Design Triennial, which features exhibits on human relationships to nature (and is highly recommended to all DSI students), and spent the day brainstorming ideas around social…

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Coming Soon: The Class of 2021

The next cohort of DSI students is on its way! Keep an eye on the DSI Facebook page to catch incoming students’ bios, posted throughout the week as we approach September’s bootcamps. A sampling of this year’s cohort includes: An AmeriCorps member A Leadership Studies major Graphic designers A statistician An English major Landscape designers…

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Cheryl Heller and Mari Nakano participate in Design for Health: Nio Far Dakar 2019

Nio Far Dakar image courtesy of Design for Health DSI Faculty Mari Nakano and former DSI Chair Cheryl Heller were both invited to participate in the April 2019 Design for Health: Nio Far Dakar convening, where they came together with other designers, global health experts, and others in the health sphere to better understand how…

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Five Fundamental Things Every Change-Maker Should Know

Faculty Marc Rettig and Hannah du Plessis teach our first-year course Fundamentals of Design for Social Innovation, which explores the skills needed to be an actor in social innovation, including change models, facilitation, relationships, team building and leaning into uncertainty. Marc and Hannah have structured their course as part lab and part discussion, and there…

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PLAYLAB, INC. debuts large-scale public installation along Avenue of the Americas in New York City

images by PLAYLAB, INC. DSI faculty Archie Lee Coates IV and Jeff Franklin‘s design studio PLAYLAB, INC. has debuted their second large-scale public art installation, FANTASY LANDSCAPES, along Avenue of the Americas. FANTASY LANDSCAPES is made up of four individual installations, representative of four locations in Central and South America, including Torres Del Paine, Lake Atitlán, Atacama…

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Faculty Maggie Breslin and Tina Park Lead #DIGIN Project to Promote Women’s Heart Health

Faculty members Maggie Breslin (The Patient Revolution) and Tina Park (Diagram Office) teamed up to lead the #DIGIN Project, which seeks to create space to talk about women’s heart health, in partnership with Erica Spatz MD at Yale Cardiovascular Medicine. In 2018, the project was awarded the Heart to Heart Grant by the Alpha Phi…

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