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5 Reasons to Apply by January 15th, 2022

As we go into 2022, we explore time. We are learning to proceed with intention and urgency, and slowing down when it is needed and required. This transition is about making spaces–iteratively and with others–to seek innovative, emergent, and enduring pathways. DSI students are learning to examine and respond to these changes in our broken…

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DSI Departmental Scholarships – 2022

DSI is excited to announce we will be offering two scholarships to two students in the incoming 2024 cohort.  Interested in learning more about our department and scholarships? We encourage you to attend one of our Open House events on November 12th (in person) or November 18th (virtual), or email dsiinfo@sva.edu for a personal call.…

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Catching up with Veda Borgave (‘21)

Since early on in her career as a product designer, Veda Borgave (‘21) felt a lack of connection. When focused on the technical aspects of her field, she was immediately more interested in the “behind the scenes”–or the systems, services, and storytelling elements of products and how they interact with users and their experiences. From…

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Fall 2021 Fast Track Students Announced!

Fall 2021 Fast Track Students Announced! This semester, our Fast Track honors program will feature three highly diverse projects dealing with different issues in the social sector: sustainability and art, emotional health, and issues around drug legalization.  The selected students began developing these designs outside of DSI coursework, and have brought them into our space…

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Welcoming Shawn Harris: Our Fall ’21 Designer in Residence

Can you talk a bit about your professional experience? How did you get to where you are? While I’ve been guilty of romanticizing my journey as a progressive act of “swimming upstream” – from a rigid focus on technical implementation towards an open-ended sense of creative ideation – that now feels closer to hyperbole than…

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Returning to DSI for Fall 2021!

Last week, after nearly two years of virtual lectures, zoom town halls and talent shows, across  a wide array of time zones, we officially welcomed both our first and second year students into the physical DSI studio for the first time.  Despite some obstacles, including the remnants of Hurricane Ida hitting NYC mid-week, we kicked…

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Welcoming New Faculty: Fall 2021

This fall, we will be welcoming a number of new practitioners to the DSI team, and we’re excited to begin to introduce them! First, we welcome our two new first-year instructors:  Mai Kobori will be joining us as our new Disruptive Design instructor. Mai is a co-founder of Blank Plate, a creative culinary program in…

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Why DSI? Emily Herrick. That’s Why.

What is design for social innovation to you? I will break it down like we do the first three weeks of our Global Guest Lecture Series: Design: In its simplest form, design is an approach that results in an outcome. Core to an approach are the values we prioritize and the outcomes we desire (see…

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Net-Fishing with Karla Sofia Despradel (‘17)

Though Karla Sofia Despradel (‘17) has always been in love with design, she once struggled to find purpose in the work. Now, as the Design Director at Constructive, she and her diverse team of design practitioners influence the brand strategy of social-impact oriented clients. This often means taking on multiple projects at once, stemming from…

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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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