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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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Fall 2020 Fast Track Update

Our Fast Track students have ended the course strong with their end-of-semester presentations! Over the last few months, the four projects run by Kehan Zhang, Nishita Chheda, Esther Yip, Bridget Qian and Shuyu Fang have seen substantial growth.  Kehan Zhang’s COVID-19 data visualization project has demonstrated a vast amount of research on the current pandemic…

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Announcing the 2021 Equity in Design Scholarship

To support underrepresented communities in design, we are offering a new Equity in Design Scholarship to address intersectional oppressions and promote equitable opportunities starting with our own student community. This year, the award will grant $10,000 to one incoming student. This scholarship will be offered for the first time in 2021, and we seek to…

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Thesis Intensives: Prototyping and Effective Meeting Methods

To close out our thesis intensive series for the semester, thesis advisors Sahar Ghaheri and Mari Nakano held two final workshops on prototyping and hosting effective remote meetings, respectively.  In design, and especially social design, prototyping is an important part of the design-thinking and implementation process. Sahar explains that it is an effective way of…

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Announcing the 2021 Paul Polak Scholarship

DSI is excited to announce that we will once again be granting our annual Paul Polak scholarship to an incoming student. Now in its 7th year, this $10,000 a year scholarship will be awarded to one student in the class of 2023. In light of his passing in 2019, we hope that this award will…

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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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Ryana Bryan on Designing for Diversity and Inclusion Among Progressive Organizations

Since graduating from DSI this past spring, Ryana Bryan (‘20) is finding ways to combine her expertise in systems design with her background in human resources, recruiting, and UX design to facilitate more equitable hiring practices in progressive spaces.  As the recruitment manager at Cultivate, Ryana has been juggling a number of projects and collaborations…

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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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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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Fall 2020 Fast Track Students Announced

This semester, our Fast Track program has selected students 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.  First year Kehan Zhang (‘22) is tackling the needs of the…

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