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Hrudaya Veena Yanamandala (‘18) is Bridging the Gap Between the Human and the Technical

Before DSI, 2018 alum Hrudaya Veena Yanamandala worked as an engineer with a focus on electronics and communication. In her field, she found herself struggling more and more with the lack of connection between humanity and technology. This led her to take the initiative to enroll in online courses focused on human-computer interaction as a…

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DSI Will See You Online!

As the world experiences a multitude of challenges due to the unfolding coronavirus crisis, we wanted to share some changes that DSI has undergone in the past few weeks. The School of Visual Arts is taking the situation very seriously and has responded quickly to the needs of our community. SVA is prioritizing the health…

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Why DSI? Paul Lillehaugen. That’s Why.

When he’s not teaching Understanding Natural and Social Systems at DSI, Paul Lillehaugen works as an urban planning and strategy consultant. In his work at Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities program–as well as in other private, public, and nonprofit sectors⁠—he has helped cities across the U.S. and Canada develop long-term resilience strategies to address their…

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An Update on Our Designer in Residence

With the semester in full swing, DSI students have been working with Sloan Leo, our Spring 2020 Designer in Residence, who serves as Director of Social Innovation at The Vaid Group. Sloan is a community centered design strategist exploring the intersections of social innovation and social justice. They have devoted weekly office hours to students…

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Catching up with Danielle Shepard (‘19)

Danielle Shepard (’19) was quick to kick-start her career in human-centered design after graduating from DSI, and her current trajectory is quite different from the work she was doing just a few short years ago. Before discovering the world of social innovation, Danielle graduated from George Washington University with a degree in anthropology. Soon after,…

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Baitian Yu (‘20) Debuts “Talking to the Blue” in NYC Gallery

This past week, Baitian Yu (‘20) presented a selection of works from his thesis, “Talking to the Blue”, to the public at an NYC gallery. Some of the pieces in the collection are also currently on display at Lankai Gallery in Anshan, China, which you can read more about here. All artworks displayed across both…

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Introducing our New Faculty

This semester we welcome Corwin Green, Kate Reed Petty, Kalli Retzepi and Kara Meyer to our faculty. Corwin Green, who is co-teaching Communication Design with chair Miya Osaki, is an educator and communications designer, whose focus is to investigate how collective power is created in design and art. A generalist, he works in print, environmental…

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Congratulations to our 2020 Alumni Scholarship Award Recipients

Congratulations to second year students Aditi Kapre and Kartik Krishnan, who have been granted a scholarship by the SVA Alumni Society for their joint thesis: “Un-Fair: Untangling India’s Obsession with Fair Skin”. The thesis— which aims to enable the creation of healthy, positive, and radically inclusive narratives surrounding skin color in India— was one of…

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Exciting Collaborations are Happening in Communication Design!

Our spring semester is well underway, and big projects are beginning to take shape. As part of our Communication Design course, first-year students will be collaborating with some wonderful outside organizations to solve design problems as a team. They are utilizing verbal and visual communication skills in ways that can effectively engage, persuade, and positively…

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Spring 2020 Fast Track Students Announced

Our honors Fast Track program is kicking off the spring semester with new students and impactful projects! The selected students began developing these designs outside of DSI coursework, and have brought them into our space to be workshopped and developed at an accelerated rate. Damian Ashton (‘20) is prototyping ways to incentivize New Yorkers to…

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