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Catching up with Danielle Hernandez (’19)

With an initial focus on healing through visual art and design, Danielle Hernandez (‘19) has always had a passion for working with people and adopting a human-centered approach in her work, it just took her some time and experience to put that calling into practice.  Prior to DSI, Danielle attended Iowa State University and graduated…

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“Disability Could Save Your Life”, A Reading By Kenny Fries

Author, Memoirist and Poet Kenny Fries–who is also a friend and guest lecturer to DSI–has shared a thoughtful piece in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. “Disability Could Save Your Life”, which combines essay and poetic structure, has multiple layers of meaning that extend far beyond the pandemic moment. In his explanation, Kenny highlights that: “on…

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New Start Date: September 28th!

In accordance with SVA’s reopening plan, DSI will be beginning the fall semester on September 28th in the studio. We are taking great care to develop contingency plans for various scenarios, and establish a system that will keep our students and faculty as safe as possible while in the space.  We are excited to open…

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Why DSI? Kobla Asamoah. That’s Why.

In addition to teaching Entrepreneurship, which equips students with the business language and concepts needed for real-world venture success beyond DSI, Kobla Asamoah serves as the Program Director for Hot Bread Kitchen’s business incubator. His focus here is on expanding the program and works closely with clients to provide development resources that will aid in their…

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Sloan Leo and Design Future Now: Can the Language of Design be a Bridge to Racial Justice?

This past week, faculty member Lee-Sean Huang (who teaches both semesters of Technologies for Designing Change) invited Sloan Leo–our Spring 2020 Designer in Residence–for an enlightening segment on AIGA’s Design Future Now podcast. In the episode, the two discuss theory and the potential of using the language of design as a tool in accomplishing racial…

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Final Project Round-Up: Technologies for Designing Change

This year in Technologies for Designing Change II, our first-year students’ final assignment was to create videos articulating their learnings about facilitation and hosting conversations, or ideas for terms to describe new or emergent behaviors or phenomena.  In response to the first prompt, Alyson Fraser Diaz broke the necessary parts of facilitation down into an…

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DSI Stands with Black Lives Matter

There has been a lot of overwhelming news recently, and we have taken the time as a team to discuss and formulate how to best communicate our support with you all. Our hearts and support go out to the families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Amaud Arbery, and the many others who have…

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Intro to Thesis with our 2021 Cohort

Now that our 2020 thesis show has passed, we are excited for the 2021 thesis projects as they come to life. Each spring, our first year students begin their thesis journeys in our Intro to Thesis course, taught by Natalia Radywyl and Alison Cornyn. In this course they are required to develop their own learning…

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Tianyue (Caroline) Zhang and Tara Maurice (‘20) are leveraging their thesis project PRETTY/UGLY to meet the pressing needs of the moment. PRETTY/UGLY is radically rethinking sustainability through content creation, live events, and strategic collaborations in work that communicates the interdependence of man and nature. With a sense of urgency and possibility, PRETTY/UGLY’s work makes clear:…

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Cheers to the Class of 2020!

This year for the first time, DSI held a virtual thesis show to honor the incredible work of our graduating class. Though we could not be together in person, the show–which took the form of four incredible panels moderated by Hilary Sedovic of Creative Reaction Lab, Rasmia Kirmani-Frye founder of the Fund for Public Housing,…

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