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Welcoming New Faculty Part. 2: Fall 2020

Our 2020 faculty continues to grow as we move into the new semester! This time, we are welcoming design strategist Sasha Charlemagne as a visiting professor, and welcoming back our own Grace Kwon, who graduated from DSI in June 2020. The two will be co-teaching our Metrics and Data Visualization course for second years. In…

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Gearing up for Fall 2020

With a successful orientation complete, DSI is in for an exciting semester. This year’s Jump-Start featured a combination of design thinking workshops from members of our faculty, advice on the creative process from 2018 Alum Jeralyn Richardson, and an assortment of games and conversations that allowed the DSI family to get to know one another…

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Miya Osaki

Miya Osaki is the chair of the Design For Social Innovation MFA program at School of Visual Arts. In addition, Miya is the founding partner at Diagram a New York-based, women- and minority-owned healthcare design studio. Miya brings her skills in interaction design, human-centered research, storytelling, and behavior design to create experiences aiming to better outcomes and enable patients to better improve…

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Why DSI? Kate Reed Petty. That’s Why.

Professional fiction writer Kate Reed Petty began teaching Creative Writing for Social Designers in Spring 2020. When she’s not writing or teaching, Kate serves as a communications consultant who specializes in working with civic and nonprofit organizations. As an editor, writing coach, workshop leader, and strategist, Kate has worked with organizations including Friends of the…

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Welcoming Liz Jackson and Alex Haagaard: Designers in Residence for Fall 2020

We are very excited to announce our designers in residence for the Fall 2020 semester: Liz Jackson and Alex Haagaard of The Disabled List! Both have been working with SVA as instructors at MFA Products of Design, and we are looking forward to fostering a lasting collaboration with DSI moving forward. The duo kindly took…

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Alison Cornyn

Alison Cornyn is a multidisciplinary artist whose work focuses on the criminal justice system. She has extensive experience in interaction design and in facilitating civic dialogue and serves as founding partner and Creative Director of Picture Projects, a Brooklyn-based studio that produces multimedia projects about pressing social issues. Her work has received numerous awards, including…

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Anne LaFond

Anne K. LaFond is the Director of the JSI Center for Health Information, Monitoring and Evaluation (CHIME). She has engaged with global health research, monitoring and evaluation and program design for 28 years to maximize the use of evidence and learning in addressing health challenges for people in low income settings. She currently leads a…

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Asi Burak

Asi Burak is Co-President at Games for Change, the leading global advocate of digital social impact games. He develops programs to raise the quality and influence of social impact games and produces the Annual Games for Change Festival, dubbed “the Sundance of Video Games.” Asi works with organizations that are developing digital games to further…

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Corwin Green

Corwin Green is an educator and communications designer, whose focus is to investigate how collective power is created in design and art. A generalist, he works in print, environmental and digital platforms. He is fascinated by brand development and engagement, the function and dysfunction of cities, and the ways space can be augmented and manipulated.…

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Emily Herrick

Emily Herrick is a design strategist with a practice grounded in curiosity and context currently working at the Service Design Studio at the Mayor’s Office for Economic Opportunity. She collaborates with city agencies, employing the methods of design research + service design, to improve upon public services with an eye towards inclusivity, accessibility, and delightful user experience. She…

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