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Cheers to the Class of 2020!

This year for the first time, DSI held a virtual thesis show to honor the incredible work of our graduating class. Though we could not be together in person, the show–which took the form of four incredible panels moderated by Hilary Sedovic of Creative Reaction Lab, Rasmia Kirmani-Frye founder of the Fund for Public Housing,…

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Mapping Disability with CIDNY

Back in March 2020, DSI students Grace Kwon, Xuan Cheng, Vanessa Yip, and Janvi Ghatalia partnered with CIDNY to workshop the process of improving public transportation services by identifying the needs of those with both visible and invisible disabilities. CIDNY (or the Center for Independence of the Disabled, New York) is a nonprofit organization that…

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DSI’s Got Talent!

On Friday, April 24th, Mahima Jaju and Evan Ressegger of our 2021 cohort organized an hourlong talent show for students, faculty and staff to share music, poems, cocktail recipes, and more with one another via Zoom. The result was countless smiles, laughs, applause, and a much needed moment of comfort and community. The DSI Community…

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Ideas in Action: Conversations in Community Design in Review

Over the course of their spring 2020 Designer In Residence at DSI, Sloan Leo of The Vaid Group has generously shared their network of practitioners in the social innovation sphere via a series of public lectures. Produced by Sloan’s own design collective, FLOX, these talks have covered an array of topics centered on a common…

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SAVE THE DATES: Thesis Show 2020!

This year, our DSI graduates have once again developed ground-breaking projects that challenge and address social and systemic problems out in the world. Their extensive work has begun to prepare them for rewarding careers as designers and creative leaders. In response to unexpected global challenges, our thesis students and faculty have stepped up in bold,…

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Communication Design Highlight: DSI and Weill Cornell

As part of our spring 2020 Communication Design course, first-year students have been actively collaborating with a number of organizations to respond to real-world design problems. One design team, composed of Sherrie Shao, Esther Yip, Jacqueline Bao, Annan Yang, and Veda Borgave, have been working with the Weill Cornell Medical College on an innovative interactive…

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Hrudaya Veena Yanamandala (‘18) is Bridging the Gap Between the Human and the Technical

Before DSI, 2018 alum Hrudaya Veena Yanamandala worked as an engineer with a focus on electronics and communication. In her field, she found herself struggling more and more with the lack of connection between humanity and technology. This led her to take the initiative to enroll in online courses focused on human-computer interaction as a…

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DSI Will See You Online!

As the world experiences a multitude of challenges due to the unfolding coronavirus crisis, we wanted to share some changes that DSI has undergone in the past few weeks. The School of Visual Arts is taking the situation very seriously and has responded quickly to the needs of our community. SVA is prioritizing the health…

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Why DSI? Paul Lillehaugen. That’s Why.

When he’s not teaching Understanding Natural and Social Systems at DSI, Paul Lillehaugen works as an urban planning and strategy consultant. In his work at Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities program–as well as in other private, public, and nonprofit sectors⁠—he has helped cities across the U.S. and Canada develop long-term resilience strategies to address their…

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An Update on Our Designer in Residence

With the semester in full swing, DSI students have been working with Sloan Leo, our Spring 2020 Designer in Residence, who serves as Director of Social Innovation at The Vaid Group. Sloan is a community centered design strategist exploring the intersections of social innovation and social justice. They have devoted weekly office hours to students…

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