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Mapping the Body with Marie Lloyd Paspe

This week, the first year’s Mapping and Visualization course invited dancer, singer, performance artist and creator Marie Lloyd Paspe to provide a new perspective on the concept of mapping and storytelling via choreography and the body. Before jumping into an interactive session with our students consisting of a guided meditation, warm-up, and spiritual dance party…

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Getting Back to Nature with Danielle Skinn’s (‘20) Compostable Pillow Studio

This week, we caught up with Danielle Skinn (‘20) and were pleased to hear that she has officially launched her Fast Track project under the name of Skinn Design! While she was a student here, Danielle participated in our honors course to develop her long-time personal project: compostable decorative pillows that invite consumers to “close…

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DSI Events: November

Throughout the remainder of this month, DSI will be either hosting or participating in a number of informational events with SVA–be sure to keep an eye out for us. These are a chance to come say hi and ask us your questions! Don’t miss the opportunity to make yourself memorable. SVA Graduate Admissions Alumni Panel…

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Visiting Amazonia: a Worst-Case Scenario Store

This week, we’re highlighting a recent pop-up installation by thesis advisor Sahar Ghaheri and her colleagues over at Grey Area Collective: a women-led social impact design and research studio that combines activism with art and technology.  Their installation, Amazonia: a worst-case scenario store, was inspired by the experience of your average Amazon Go store, but…

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DSI at the Riso Lab!

This year, as part of the Leadership I course–taught this semester by Sloan Leo–our second years have been working with SVA’s RISO Lab to develop final projects. The goal of the assignment is to create an innovative artifact about community design for distribution to the DSI community using the Risograph printers. Risographs are small, inexpensive,…

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5 Reasons to Apply by January 15th, 2022

When you come to get your graduate degrees at DSI, you will learn to examine issues in our world today and respond to our ecosystems in more sustainable ways – to build community, challenge the status quo, reframe current narratives, and shape new design approaches. Most of all, you will be leading the way to…

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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 2022 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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