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From Graphic Designer to College Professor

Rodrigo Muñoz came to DSI with a clear goal: He wanted to improve education in his country, Ecuador. And within a month of graduating from DSI, Rodrigo became a professor at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito in Ecuador, where he started teaching at the School of Communications and Contemporary Arts. His courses range from…

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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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From Illustrator to Product Designer for the US Digital Services

Gina Kim entered DSI with a degree in illustration and an interest in psychology. When she left, she was helping U.S. veterans get the benefits they deserve. She wanted to push her own boundaries in graduate school; to do big things. Today, Gina works for US Digital Services, an agency within the VA. Her work…

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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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From Public Relations to Public Policy

Since the day she entered DSI, Meghan Lazier was committed to seizing every opportunity. When she was able to spend a summer in Kenya helping Erik Hersman launch BRCK, she jumped on it without hesitation. She knew she wanted international experience — and BRCK, a Nairobi-based company that connects frontier markets to the Internet, was…

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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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Yena Seo Lukac, ’16, Uses Social Design to Make Nanit’s Products Safer, Smarter

Yena Seo Lukac, ’16, wasn’t comfortable with the ambiguity of a career in social innovation. “But through DSI,” she said, “I became comfortable. And you kind of have to be if you want to be a changemaker, so I think (the program is) almost like a two year test period as well. How strongly do…

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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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Tanvi Kareer, ’17, becomes global innovator at Doblin

Tanvi Kareer, ’17, studied textile design in India. Now, she works as a designer and researcher at Doblin, a global innovation firm based in Chicago. While studying for her undergraduate degree in India, Tanvi said she was able to work with the textile-class communities in the country, researching and documenting their work. That encouraged her…

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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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