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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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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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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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Returning to DSI for Fall 2021!

Last week, after nearly two years of virtual lectures, zoom town halls and talent shows, across  a wide array of time zones, we officially welcomed both our first and second year students into the physical DSI studio for the first time.  Despite some obstacles, including the remnants of Hurricane Ida hitting NYC mid-week, we kicked…

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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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Welcoming Shawn Harris: Our Fall ’21 Designer in Residence

Can you talk a bit about your professional experience? How did you get to where you are? While I’ve been guilty of romanticizing my journey as a progressive act of “swimming upstream” – from a rigid focus on technical implementation towards an open-ended sense of creative ideation – that now feels closer to hyperbole than…

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5 Reasons to Apply by January 15th

“Creative leaders make their own opportunities. DSI students are learning to examine and respond to our broken systems in more sustainable ways, to build community, challenge the status quo and shape new narratives. Most of all, they are leading the way to ensure the health and wellbeing of our communities and the planet through creativity…

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Catching up with Veda Borgave (‘21)

Since early on in her career as a product designer, Veda Borgave (‘21) felt a lack of connection. When focused on the technical aspects of her field, she was immediately more interested in the “behind the scenes”–or the systems, services, and storytelling elements of products and how they interact with users and their experiences. From…

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Welcoming New Faculty: Spring 2021

This semester, we are welcoming designer Nil Tuzcu as our new Metrics and Data Visualization 2 instructor.  The first half of this year-long course–which our second years completed this past fall–centered on data and visualization for exploration: asking useful questions and engaging in purposeful discovery. This semester, the focus shifts from exploration to explanation as…

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DSI Departmental Scholarships – 2022

DSI is excited to announce we will be offering two scholarships to two students in the incoming 2022 cohort.  Interested in learning more about our department and scholarships? We encourage you to attend one of our Open House events on November 12th (in person) or November 18th (virtual), or email dsiinfo@sva.edu for a personal call.…

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