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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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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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Jeralyn Richardson on Transforming Community for Public Health

Jeralyn Richardson–who has been leading the DSI’s Jump-Start program for the past three years–is using her background in public health to bring necessary change to communities amidst a pandemic and beyond.  With a bachelor’s degree in biology and a master’s of public health, Jeralyn got her start serving the working poor at a public health…

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Spring 2021 Fast Track Students Announced

This semester, our Fast Track honors program will feature three incredible teams working on impactful, timely projects across the globe. 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. Second Years Bridget Qian and Shuyu Fang (‘21)…

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Applications are still open for fall 2021!

If you missed our January 15th priority deadline, don’t despair! DSI is still accepting applications on a rolling basis for our class of 2023. All incoming applications will receive equal considerations, but will not be eligible for either of our departmental scholarships for this coming Fall.  If you have any questions, reach out to us…

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Design & Politics Recap

To ring in 2021 strong, DSI teamed up with MFA Products of Design to create a new iteration of their biennial Design & Politics workshop, facilitated by our own Sloan Leo & POD faculty Jennifer Rittner.  Sloan gave us a recap of the course, which came at a pivotal moment following the insurrection at the…

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Welcoming New Faculty: Spring 2021

This semester, we are welcoming designer Nil Tuzcu as our new Metrics and Data Visualization 2 instructor.  The first half of this year-long course–which our second years completed this past fall–centered on data and visualization for exploration: asking useful questions and engaging in purposeful discovery. This semester, the focus shifts from exploration to explanation as…

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5 Reasons to Apply by January 15th

“Creative leaders make their own opportunities. DSI students are learning to examine and respond to our broken systems in more sustainable ways, to build community, challenge the status quo and shape new narratives. Most of all, they are leading the way to ensure the health and wellbeing of our communities and the planet through creativity…

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Welcoming Out Labs: Our Spring ’21 Designers in Residence

We are excited to welcome our Spring 2021 Designers in Residence: Out Labs. Out Labs is a new small design agency built by 2020 Alums Ryana Bryan, Grace Kang, and Monica Tarriba, who we are so happy to have back in the DSI environment.  The trio kindly took the time to answer some questions about…

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