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Fall 2021 Applications Now Open!

We are excited to announce that our applications for Fall 2021 are now officially open! Our MFA candidates are designing for challenging issues faced by communities in government, sustainability, education, health, art and culture, gender, equity, and immigration, to name a few. If these are issues that interest you, we want you here: learning, growing,…

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Janvi Ghatalia (’21) is Developing New Methods of Communal Grieving in the Age of COVID-19

Rising second year Janvi Ghatalia (‘21) has spent her summer interning with Andrew Freiband at the Artists’ Literacies Institute. Over the past few months, she has been working with ALI on a project in collaboration with the United Nations. In honor of their 75th anniversary, the UN has launched a global dialogue initiative called UN75:…

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Tanya Bhandari: Co-Designing for Adolescent Health with Ylabs

When we last checked in with 2014 Alum Tanya Bhandari, she was working on a series of global ventures as part of UNICEF’S Office of Innovation in NYC. Now, she’s tackling a series of projects involving adolescent health and economic opportunity with YLabs: a non-profit design consultancy at the intersection of design, data, and youth-driven…

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Alyson Fraser Diaz talks Allied Media Conference & Hue Design Summit

Though the virtual space has its limitations, being able to attend two design events from across the country in one weekend is a definite positive! This past week, second-year Alyson Fraser Diaz was able to attend both the Hue Design Summit and annual Allied Media Conference, and was kind enough to share her reflections on…

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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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Emily Herrick (‘16) on Co-Designing a Better Criminal Justice System

Last month, DSI Alum and Global Guest Lecture instructor Emily Herrick (‘16) shared her co-design expertise with the Stanford Social Innovation Review in response to the current demands for anti-racist criminal justice reform. In the article, ”Toward Co-Designing a Better Criminal Justice System”, Emily and Caroline Bauer of the Mayor’s Office for Economic Opportunity articulate…

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Rutvika Gupta on Designing to Values

Though Rutvika Gupta (‘19) stepped straight into the world of design after undergrad, it took her some time to find her true niche within the ever-expanding industry. Right after obtaining her bachelors degree in Industrial Design and deciding that “the world maybe doesn’t need more physical products”, Rutvi decided to transition into the digital realm…

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Catching up with Danielle Hernandez (’19)

With an initial focus on healing through visual art and design, Danielle Hernandez (‘19) has always had a passion for working with people and adopting a human-centered approach in her work, it just took her some time and experience to put that calling into practice.  Prior to DSI, Danielle attended Iowa State University and graduated…

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“Disability Could Save Your Life”, A Reading By Kenny Fries

Author, Memoirist and Poet Kenny Fries–who is also a friend and guest lecturer to DSI–has shared a thoughtful piece in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. “Disability Could Save Your Life”, which combines essay and poetic structure, has multiple layers of meaning that extend far beyond the pandemic moment. In his explanation, Kenny highlights that: “on…

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New Start Date: September 28th!

In accordance with SVA’s reopening plan, DSI will be beginning the fall semester on September 28th in the studio. We are taking great care to develop contingency plans for various scenarios, and establish a system that will keep our students and faculty as safe as possible while in the space.  We are excited to open…

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