DSI Remembering Dr. Paul Polak, A Pioneer in Social Innovation


Cheryl Heller and Mari Nakano participate in Design for Health: Nio Far Dakar 2019

Nio Far Dakar image courtesy of Design for Health DSI Faculty Mari Nakano and former DSI Chair Cheryl Heller were both invited to participate in the April 2019 Design for Health: Nio Far Dakar convening, where they came together with other designers, global health experts, and others in the health sphere to better understand how…

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Five Fundamental Things Every Change-Maker Should Know

Faculty Marc Rettig and Hannah du Plessis teach our first-year course Fundamentals of Design for Social Innovation, which explores the skills needed to be an actor in social innovation, including change models, facilitation, relationships, team building and leaning into uncertainty. Marc and Hannah have structured their course as part lab and part discussion, and there…

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PLAYLAB, INC. debuts large-scale public installation along Avenue of the Americas in New York City

images by PLAYLAB, INC. DSI faculty Archie Lee Coates IV and Jeff Franklin‘s design studio PLAYLAB, INC. has debuted their second large-scale public art installation, FANTASY LANDSCAPES, along Avenue of the Americas. FANTASY LANDSCAPES is made up of four individual installations, representative of four locations in Central and South America, including Torres Del Paine, Lake Atitlán, Atacama…

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Faculty Maggie Breslin and Tina Park Lead #DIGIN Project to Promote Women’s Heart Health

Faculty members Maggie Breslin (The Patient Revolution) and Tina Park (Diagram Office) teamed up to lead the #DIGIN Project, which seeks to create space to talk about women’s heart health, in partnership with Erica Spatz MD at Yale Cardiovascular Medicine. In 2018, the project was awarded the Heart to Heart Grant by the Alpha Phi…

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Faculty Alison Cornyn’s Incorrigibles Exhibition is Going on the Road

DSI Faculty Alison Cornyn’s Incorrigibles exhibition is going on the road! Incorrigibles: Bearing Witness to the Incarcerated Girls of NY was on exhibit at the Brooklyn Federal Courthouse this spring, and included “archival images and documentation from the New York State Training School for Girls, oral histories of women who were incarcerated there in the 1960’s and 70’s,…

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Faculty Mari Nakano Presents for International Design in Government Day at the Code for America Summit 2019

As part of her work in the Mayor’s Office for Economic Opportunity, DSI Faculty Mari Nakano wrote about civic service design in municipal government: Hi everyone. This is Mari, the Design Director for the Service Design Studio. On May 29, 2019, I went to Oakland, California to the International Design in Government Day at Code…

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DSI Hosts Creative Reaction Lab Bootcamp Focused on Ending Mass Incarceration

Student blog written by Tara Maurice Have you ever wondered how the objects and systems that populate our daily lives got there in the first place? Things like racially insensitive T-shirts put out by big global brands? Or the facial recognition software that works really well, just as long as you are a white male? Or…

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Chair Miya Osaki Speaks on Care + Health at the NORDES 2019 Design Conference

At the Nordes 2019 Design Conference in Helsinki, DSI Chair Miya Osaki led a workshop titled “Stories of Health: Mapping Care through Cultural Probes” with faculty Tina Park in which they spoke on narratives for health and care, and led a journal mapping activity. The conference theme was “Who Cares?” and explored related questions, issues…

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DSI Says Farewell to Cheryl Heller and Welcomes Miya Osaki as New Chair

As of June 15th, Cheryl Heller will officially finish her time as Chair of DSI and begin her journey at Arizona State University as the Director of Design Integration. Cheryl is the Founding Chair of DSI, the first MFA program in social design. She designed the space, the curriculum, curated the faculty, and built the…

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DSI Alums Spark Social Design Conversations in India

Alumni Hrudaya Veena Yanamandala and Ishita Jain (’18) have joined forces on an Instagram account to start conversations around social design in India. @socialdesignindia features graphics and opinion posts to spread the word about social design and what it does. Read more of their work here: Is design just for products, buildings and services: an introduction…

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