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New Post! Welcoming Shawn Harris: Our Spring ’21 Designers in Residence

Miya Osaki

Miya Osaki

Miya Osaki is the chair of the Design For Social Innovation MFA program at School of Visual Arts. In addition, Miya is the founding partner at Diagram a New York-based, women- and minority-owned healthcare design studio. Miya brings her skills in interaction design, human-centered research, storytelling, and behavior design to create experiences aiming to better outcomes and enable patients to better improve…

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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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Ideas in Action: Can We Care Together?

We are a species and planet in a time of significant upheaval — and in this time of disruption, there is an urgent need to strengthen the resilience of our communities, at work, at home and where we live, work and play. The social design field, despite its nascence, provides opportunity to leverage design interventions…

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Ideas in Action: Conversations in Community Design in Review

Over the course of their spring 2020 Designer In Residence at DSI, Sloan Leo of The Vaid Group has generously shared their network of practitioners in the social innovation sphere via a series of public lectures. Produced by Sloan’s own design collective, FLOX, these talks have covered an array of topics centered on a common…

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Thesis Intensives: Ideas & Scoping

As a continuation of our thesis intensive series, our chair Miya Osaki guided second years through strategies on appropriately scoping their projects. This step is pivotal in the thesis process because: “if you can’t properly scope both on a large scale (the end goal) and on a small scale (what is possible in two weeks)–you’ll…

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Congratulations to the Class of 2021!

We’d like to extend a big congratulations to our 2021 cohort, who presented their heavily researched and thought-provoking thesis projects yesterday, May 6th after a uniquely ambiguous and challenging year.  We thank our faculty, thesis advisors Sloan Leo, Kara Meyer, Sahar Ghaheri, and Mari Nakano, and George Aye of Greater Good Studio for their thoughtful…

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Community Design for Leaders Wrap-Up

In June we wrapped up our first round of sessions of our Community Design for Leaders summer course. The two week collaboration between DSI, FLOX Studio, and Core77 was a huge success, and left attendees with a deep understanding of power, belonging, and independence within communities. In order to reach these understandings, the course defined,…

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