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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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Design & Politics Recap

To ring in 2021 strong, DSI teamed up with MFA Products of Design to create a new iteration of their biennial Design & Politics workshop, facilitated by our own Sloan Leo & POD faculty Jennifer Rittner.  Sloan gave us a recap of the course, which came at a pivotal moment following the insurrection at the…

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5 Reasons to Apply by January 15th, 2022

When you come to get your graduate degrees at DSI, you will learn to examine issues in our world today and respond to our ecosystems in more sustainable ways – to build community, challenge the status quo, reframe current narratives, and shape new design approaches. Most of all, you will be leading the way to…

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Applications are still open for fall 2021!

If you missed our January 15th priority deadline, don’t despair! DSI is still accepting applications on a rolling basis for our class of 2023. All incoming applications will receive equal considerations, but will not be eligible for either of our departmental scholarships for this coming Fall.  If you have any questions, reach out to us…

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DSI at the Riso Lab!

This year, as part of the Leadership I course–taught this semester by Sloan Leo–our second years have been working with SVA’s RISO Lab to develop final projects. The goal of the assignment is to create an innovative artifact about community design for distribution to the DSI community using the Risograph printers. Risographs are small, inexpensive,…

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Spring 2021 Fast Track Students Announced

This semester, our Fast Track honors program will feature three incredible teams 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. Second Years Bridget Qian and Shuyu Fang (‘21)…

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Visiting Amazonia: a Worst-Case Scenario Store

This week, we’re highlighting a recent pop-up installation by thesis advisor Sahar Ghaheri and her colleagues over at Grey Area Collective: a women-led social impact design and research studio that combines activism with art and technology.  Their installation, Amazonia: a worst-case scenario store, was inspired by the experience of your average Amazon Go store, but…

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