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Announcing George Aye as our 2021 Keynote Speaker

We are honored to welcome Greater Good Studio’s Co-Founder & Director of Innovation, George Aye, as our Thesis 2021 keynote speaker. “George co-founded Greater Good Studio with the belief that design can lead to positive behavior change. Previously, he spent seven years at global innovation firm IDEO before being hired as the first human-centered designer…

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NEXT WEEK: DSI Thesis Show 2021!

Next week, we will be returning in-person to SVA for our live Thesis Show! We’re so proud of the work our students have developed over the course of this uniquely challenging year, and know that their presentations will be extraordinary.  The graduating cohort will be presenting their work at the SVA’s Theatre’s Beatrice Auditorium on…

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Congratulations to the Class of 2021!

We’d like to extend a big congratulations to our 2021 cohort, who presented their heavily researched and thought-provoking thesis projects yesterday, May 6th after a uniquely ambiguous and challenging year.  We thank our faculty, thesis advisors Sloan Leo, Kara Meyer, Sahar Ghaheri, and Mari Nakano, and George Aye of Greater Good Studio for their thoughtful…

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DSI students fund thesis projects with SVA Alumni Society scholarships

Congratulations to DSI students Amanda Finuccio and Yuka Fukuoka, who earned scholarships from the SVA Alumni Society! The Alumni Scholarship Awards funding will help both students to complete their thesis projects. This year, SVA selected 66 students, who will collectively receive over $64,000. We’re excited to have DSI represented in this talented lineup. Learn more…

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Yuka Fukuoka, ’18, Selected as Microsoft US Imagine Cup Finalist

Yuka Fukuoka, ’18, is helping people who stutter overcome their social anxiety with VRbal. On May 5, she’ll compete as a finalist in the Microsoft US Imagine Cup, a competition where student developers solve world challenges. Yuka and her Microsoft teammates developed VRbal to help users who stutter practice for an upcoming presentation. Unlike role-playing…

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Baitian Yu (‘20) Debuts “Talking to the Blue” in NYC Gallery

This past week, Baitian Yu (‘20) presented a selection of works from his thesis, “Talking to the Blue”, to the public at an NYC gallery. Some of the pieces in the collection are also currently on display at Lankai Gallery in Anshan, China, which you can read more about here. All artworks displayed across both…

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Thesis Intensives: Ideas & Scoping

As a continuation of our thesis intensive series, our chair Miya Osaki guided second years through strategies on appropriately scoping their projects. This step is pivotal in the thesis process because: “if you can’t properly scope both on a large scale (the end goal) and on a small scale (what is possible in two weeks)–you’ll…

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Thesis Intensives: Prototyping and Effective Meeting Methods

To close out our thesis intensive series for the semester, thesis advisors Sahar Ghaheri and Mari Nakano held two final workshops on prototyping and hosting effective remote meetings, respectively.  In design, and especially social design, prototyping is an important part of the design-thinking and implementation process. Sahar explains that it is an effective way of…

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Thesis Intensives: Shifting Mental Models

As we draw closer to our Spring ‘21 thesis show, our faculty is continuing last fall’s Thesis Intensive series. Our second years started this semester’s set with Jaimie Cloud–instructor of Environmental Ethics–facilitating a workshop on shifting mental models. This intensive focused around the idea of mental models of unsustainability, which are categories of thinking that…

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Thesis Intensives: Facilitation 101

As an expert in community design and leadership, Thesis Advisor Sloan Leo added an invaluable workshop to our thesis intensive series: Facilitation 101. A core practice of social design, this session reframed common expectations of facilitation by highlighting practices to avoid and asking students to recenter the core values and purpose of facilitation in a…

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