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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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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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Why DSI? Emily Herrick. That’s Why.

What is design for social innovation to you? I will break it down like we do the first three weeks of our Global Guest Lecture Series: Design: In its simplest form, design is an approach that results in an outcome. Core to an approach are the values we prioritize and the outcomes we desire (see…

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Welcoming New Faculty: Fall 2021

This fall, we will be welcoming a number of new practitioners to the DSI team, and we’re excited to begin to introduce them! First, we welcome our two new first-year instructors:  Mai Kobori will be joining us as our new Disruptive Design instructor. Mai is a co-founder of Blank Plate, a creative culinary program in…

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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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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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