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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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Thesis Intensives: Shifting Mental Models

As we draw closer to our Spring ‘21 thesis show, our faculty is continuing last fall’s Thesis Intensive series. Our second years started this semester’s set with Jaimie Cloud–instructor of Environmental Ethics–facilitating a workshop on shifting mental models. This intensive focused around the idea of mental models of unsustainability, which are categories of thinking that…

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Thesis Intensives: Facilitation 101

As an expert in community design and leadership, Thesis Advisor Sloan Leo added an invaluable workshop to our thesis intensive series: Facilitation 101. A core practice of social design, this session reframed common expectations of facilitation by highlighting practices to avoid and asking students to recenter the core values and purpose of facilitation in a…

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Why DSI? Mari Nakano. That’s Why.

This year, our amazing group of thesis advisors has been led by Mari Nakano, who joined the DSI team in 2018. What is design for social innovation to you? For me, design for social innovation means using design tools and strategies for the purposes of creating a resilient planet, where all people can share power…

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Why DSI? Kara Meyer, That’s Why.

Along with being an amazing member of our thesis advising team, Kara Meyer serves as the Managing Director at + POOL, where she oversees the development of the world’s first water-filtering, floating swimming pool. She helped establish the 501c3 Friends of + POOL in 2015 and heads the organization’s operations, programming, and administration, with a…

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Welcoming Liz Jackson and Alex Haagaard: Designers in Residence for Fall 2020

We are very excited to announce our designers in residence for the Fall 2020 semester: Liz Jackson and Alex Haagaard of The Disabled List! Both have been working with SVA as instructors at MFA Products of Design, and we are looking forward to fostering a lasting collaboration with DSI moving forward. The duo kindly took…

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Welcoming New Faculty Part. 2: Fall 2020

Our 2020 faculty continues to grow as we move into the new semester! This time, we are welcoming design strategist Sasha Charlemagne as a visiting professor, and welcoming back our own Grace Kwon, who graduated from DSI in June 2020. The two will be co-teaching our Metrics and Data Visualization course for second years. In…

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Thesis Intensive: Research & Interview Methods

This year as part of preparation for Thesis Implementation in the spring semester, our second years are participating in intensive workshops that will allow them to hone their skill sets and capabilities in a way that best prepares them to take on their larger project. Thesis advisor Mari Nakano prepared a workshop on research and…

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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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Why DSI? Corwin Green. That’s Why.

Why DSI? Corwin Green. That’s Why. Last spring, we were lucky enough to welcome Corwin Green to our DSI family. Corwin is an educator and communications designer, whose focus lies in investigating how collective power is created in design and art. A generalist, he works in print, environmental and digital platforms. He is fascinated by…

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