Jason Charles

Jason Charles is a narrative designer from Brooklyn, New York who is currently a graduate student in the Integrated Digital Media program at the Tandon School of Engineering.As a member of the Design for America studio at NYU, he practices applying human-centered design principles to iterate on potential solutions for challenging problems. Currently, he’s developing…

Srishti Kush

Srishti is an Integrated Digital Media Graduate student at NYU Tandon School of Engineering. Prior to her masters she worked with start-ups in India and has background in Product management and development. She is keen on exploring how design thinking and technology can impact human lives. She is keen on working healthcare, spatial design and…

Karine Sarkissian

Karine Sarkissian is a Program Strategist at 3×3 Design, a social innovation consultancy working to build successful and scalable programs, services, and strategies for urban and economic development initiatives. Karine focuses on incorporating human-centered design techniques into public sector practice. She conducts creative design research and has executed a variety of community driven projects ranging…

Voices Without Roofs

Voices Without Roofs seeks to answer the question, “how might we help street homeless New Yorkers move into housing?” After extensive interviews with unsheltered homeless New Yorkers frontline outreach workers, we identified three key trends. First, folks experiencing homelessness were generally unaware of what steps they needed to take to move inside. Second, outreach teams…

Story from NYU Tandon: Student Leaders Brainstorm Ideas for an Accessible Future

Image: DFA e-board member participated in the Design for America (DFA) national leadership conference From the left: Tuba Naziruddin, Kathleen Chao, Michael Niamehr, and Emma Hoffman.  At the recent Design for America (DFA) Leadership Studio, 106 students from DFA university chapters across the U.S. — including four student leaders from the DFA NYU studio —…

OpenIDEO New York Chapter

OpenIDEO.com is an open innovation community for social innovation launched and run by IDEO, an international design and innovation consultancy. Participating to OpenIDEO challenges is a great opportunity to learn in real time the human-centered design process while collaborating with an amazingly diverse and global community. DFA NYU members are active participants and facilitators of the…

Elana Blinder

Elana is a researcher at the Center for Children and Technology at the Education Development Center, where she contributes to the design and evaluation of educational media aimed at improving teacher practice and student learning. In her former career as a New York City public elementary school teacher, she watched opportunities for educational play and creative exploration…

Crimson Wave

“#Thehomelessperiod” How might we preserve homeless women’s dignity by providing them with access to hygiene products and facilities in particular during menstruation? Homelessness is one of the biggest social problems in New York City. More than 58,000 homeless men, women and children (in a city of 8.5 million people) sleep in homeless shelters and at…

S.S Columbia Project (2017-2018 term)

Join us in designing playful STEAM-learning experiences for kids! Design for America’s S.S. Columbia Project is happy to announce that we’ll be recruiting a new team of passionate designers for the Fall 2017 Semester. It’s a great opportunity to work on an exciting project at the intersection of education, game design, interaction / UX design,…

Emma Hoffman

Emma is a senior at NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study where she is a member of the Dean’s Honor Society and is creating an interdisciplinary major she calls, “Urban Food Sustainability and Food Justice.” Before serving on NYU DFA’s Eboard, Emma co-led The NYU FREEdge project which aims to tackle interrelated issues of food…